FRANCO stands for the Franschhoek Resource And Network Co-ordinating 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.
FRANCO was initially established to create a connection between the various community and social projects in the Franschhoek area and to develop an effective and streamlined approach to the management of funding. Over the years, FRANCO has built solid relationships with key community stakeholders, and we have come to learn and thoroughly understand the various dynamics within the area. As such, we are always able to make informed decisions as to the disbursement of funds in order to achieve optimal impact on the lives of those in need.
We acknowledge the role that wealth plays in driving our economy, but we are concerned that the gap between the wealthy and the disadvantaged continues to grow. We at FRANCO, believe in encouraging people and communities to empower themselves, and that education is a means by which to do so.
We offer financial aid, together with various forms of training and development, to equip young people with the necessary skills which will enable them to secure employment opportunities. Our main aim is to restore a sense of pride and self-esteem into under-resourced communities.
Our main focus remains sponsoring education.
Where Are We?
FRANCO is located in the village of Franschhoek, situated 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 for the discerning traveller.
By contrast, a few hundred meters outside of the quaint village, there is a community that is home to over 8000 people, many of whom are living in informal settlements without running water, or proper sanitation and still today struggle daily to sustain a basic standard of living.