FRANCO stands for Franschhoek Resource and Network Coordinating Organization. We are a registered non profit organization founded in 2005 by Ron Whytock, a retired airline pilot, who saw the impact on those without the means or capabilities to support themselves and their communities.
It was originally created to provide a link between community and social projects in the Franschhoek area to enable a more effective approach to managing funding. We are now able to make informed decisions as to the disbursement of funds effectively acting as a local fund to the advantage of needy people.
We acknowledge the need for wealth to drive our economy, but we are concerned by the ever widening gap between the wealthy and the poor. We at FRANCO believe in helping the disadvantaged people to uplift themselves, We believe in the critical importance of education from early stage and we offer financial aid together with other forms of training in order to equip young people to become employed.
Our main aim is to reintroduce a sense of pride and self esteem into people who history has so traditionally disrespected.
FRANCO is located in the village of Franschhoek, located about 80km East of Cape Town, South Africa. This is the so-called food and wine capital of the country. Breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and fine wines combine to create lasting memories to the discerning traveler. However a mere few hundred meters from Franschhoek exists another world where people live in poor and unhealthy conditions. These “locations”, or informal settlements are home to well over 8000 inhabitants, many of whom struggle daily to meet the minimum requirements for a really basic lifestyle.