THE BEIT TRUST - 1906-2017

 
 

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The Present Organisation of the Trust

The Trust has its Headquarters at Beit House in Woking, Surrey, and also has an office in Harare, Zimbabwe, staffed by the Trustís Representative in Africa and his staff.  At present, there are six Beit Trustees, whose Chairman is Sir Alan Munro, great nephew of the Founder. The Trustees meet in London twice a year to decide upon the grants to be allocated. They are advised by a committee of local Correspondents in Africa, two or three per beneficial country, who meet shortly before the Trusteesí meetings to give their expert advice on each application.  New grants can be up to £50,000. The Trust also operates a system whereby contingency grants of up to £4,000 can be authorised out of committee for subsequent ratification by Trustees.

The Trustís Finance Committee meets four weeks prior to full Trusteesí meetings, with the investment managers in attendance, to address finance and investment policy.  In November each year, the Finance Committee submits a proposed budget of income and expenditure for the forthcoming year for the Trustees' approval.

Grant Making Policy 

Applications for grants are considered on merit.  The Trustees seldom give grants to government organisations, preferring to support independent institutions, in particular schools, hospitals and health centres associated with missions.  Support is also given to selected environmental programmes. Trustees seek as far as practicable to maintain an appropriate distribution of grants between the three countries and between education, health and welfare.  Strict rules are applied for grants of an infrastructure nature, to ensure that detailed and serviceable plans are submitted before a grant is paid.  In the case of building grants, the final 25% of a grant is withheld until completion of the project.  Regular visits within the beneficial area by Trustees, Correspondents, the Representative and the Secretary afford the opportunity to judge an application before it is considered by the Trustees, and to see a project under construction, or when it is completed. 

The Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

The Trust offers a small number of scholarships to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia nationals.  These scholarships can be undertaken at any university in the United Kingdom or South Africa with which the Trust is in partnership, for study in a subject of the individualís choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area. 

 

COSECSA

In Africa, The Trust offers five-year surgical scholarships administered by The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).    

IT Schools Africa

ITSA is a registered charity which supplies schools in the three countries with second hand but refurbished computers donated by firms in the UK.  Several thousand computers have so far been sent to schools in the beneficial area, including this one at St Mary's Girls' School in Zomba, Eastern Malawi.  The Beit Trust has provided substantial core funding for this project.

 

Book Aid International

BAI is a registered charity which supplies a very broad range of books, educational materials and assistance to beneficiaries in developing countries worldwide. The Beit Trust makes a major annual grant to cover logistic costs to the three countries of the beneficial area, including this one in the Malawi National Library, which was originally built in 1978 with funds provided by the Beit Trust. In 2016 BAI provided over 300,000 to the three countries.

 

Charitable ventures associated with The Beit Trust

The WWF/Beit Trust Rhino Conservation Project.  This project was established in 1989 as a joint project with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The Trustees then resolved to set aside the sum of £1,000,000 as a designated fund for preserving the remaining stock of black rhino in the Trust's beneficial area. The Trust ceased to provide core funding for the project on 31 December 1998, but an annual grant is still made. 

Although the programme was highly successful in its initial aim of re-establishing a self-sustaining number of black rhinos, it has been seriously affected by land re-distributions in Zimbabwe and by continuing demand from markets in East Asia. Poaching has greatly increased, so Trustees have turned their attention to ecological education in schools serving adjacent communal areas, and have extended their support for wildlife programmes to Malawi and Zambia.

THET (Tropical Health and Education Trust)

This trust has for two decades relied upon Beit Trust logistic support to provide the publication "Tropical Doctor"  to every hospital and clinic in the Beit beneficial area.

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