Cashbuild gives kids an unforgettable 2013
There are many factors that affect a child’s ability to learn and one of them is the environment in which they are taught. For the children at two day care centres in the impoverished Thembisa region, 2013 is the year when this will change, thankfully.
As part of Cashbuild ’s pledge to help some of the region’s most needy schools, the retailer runs a donor campaign whenever a store is opened, relocated or refurbished. When the Order Service store at Thembi mall was opened two deserving charities received building materials and labour to the value of R70 000.
In December 2012, Cashbuild hosted a very special Christmas party for children from Lungile Day Care Centre and BulaMahlo Orphange and Day Care. On the day, Lungile Day Care Centre received R40 000 and BulaMahlo Orphange and Day Care received R30 000 in vouchers to help improve their day care facilities.
Lungile Day Care Centre
The Lungile Day Care centre was established with the aim of eliminating peer pressure among young children. The organisation offers an HIV and AIDS life skills programme to children and adults living with the disease. The community lends a hand and works with social workers who provide counselling to the affected. The contributions received by the centre will equip needy children with the best skills and offer them counselling.
The Day Care Centre opened its doors when the need for child minders and child care within the local community arose. The Day Care centre caters for new-born babies and children up to the age of six years. The owner relies on funding from parents and local government but, because it is a very poor area, funding is limited and often comes out of the owner’s pocket. Started from nothing, today the centre cares for 49 children and is now in desperate need of another room to accommodate all the children.
BulaMahlo Orphange and Day Care
The Orphanage and Day Care is run by the ever smiling Regina who has been caring for children for many years. Over time, Bula Mahlo has taken in babies who have either been abandoned or brought in by the authorities. However, as the current facility is dilapidated and in urgent need of general repairs, the police and government are no longer allocating new babies and orphans to the centre.
Due to the poor condition of the building and the lack of support from the government, the centre cannot obtain a health certificate. The building is in a general state of neglect and in urgent need of repair work before more children can be allowed into her home.
In 2012 alone, 258 schools from 32 communities received over R3-million in building materials vouchers as part of Cashbuild’s corporate social investment programme. Since the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart campaign was launched twelve years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 1 500 schools in Southern Africa with over R16-million worth of building materials.