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Almost 150 corporate employees give their time to communities in need around South Africa

Posted: Thursday 1 May 14, 12.52pm GMT

CAF Southern Africa facilitated five employee volunteering projects around South Africa during the Employee Volunteering Week 2014, enabling almost 150 corporate employees to give their time to communities in need.

Shell Head Office- Food Parcel Packing

Shell places great emphasis on education which is one of their corporate responsibility focus areas. The theme for Employee Volunteering Week this year for Shell was Early Childhood Development support and what better way to kick off the projects than to ensure that young children receive the nutrition that they need.

The Shell head Office Team was energy- packed with 30 volunteers who packed over 100 food parcels. This will be distributed to youth-headed homes in the Soweto region, through the Ikageng Aids Ministry. The organisation looks after children who have been left orphaned and vulnerable due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Shell Johannesburg – Daveyton Children’s Home

13 Volunteers from several Shell Johannesburg offices rolled up their sleeves to volunteer at the Ikhaya Lothandu Centre, one of the Arks formerly run by Noah – Nurturing Orphans of Aids for Humanity and now run by the community themselves since the closure of Noah. The volunteers braved Johannesburg’s current rainy weather to eagerly complete several tasks which included cleaning out a container classroom and laying down new, heavy-duty flooring, laying down colourful educational matting in the Grade R Wendy House classroom and completing a new playground area with a jungle gym for the centre’s 67 little ones. As a thank-you the children gave a short performance for the volunteers and Reverend Sithole, on whose church grounds the centre is placed, gave a moving vote of thanks to the volunteers, reminding them that they had touched the lives of future leaders of tomorrow.

The day was complete when each child had received a healthy party pack to take home with them. The volunteers went beyond what they had been tasked to do by fixing a leaking roof in the main undercover area outside the classrooms which had been dripping water down onto the children as they walked through for the past few days.

Shell Durban – Durban Children’s Home

The Durban Children’s Home provides substitute care to orphaned and destitute children on short and long term foster care. Their aim and vision is early intervention, preventative work with children, youth and families, as well as family reunification. The Shell Durban volunteers had a fantastic day re-vamping the ECD playroom for 16 children.

The volunteers’ tasks included cleaning the carpets, windows and walls, putting up new curtains, book shelves and educational books and toys donated by Shell. The team was very engaged in all the tasks assigned to them. The room was completely transformed from a dull and dark room to a bright and airy safe place for the children.

Shell SA Cape Town – Abaphumeleli Home of Safety

Abaphumeleli is situated in Khayelitsha Cape Town. The organisation offers a safe place for children who have been victims of abuse and neglect on a temporal and permanent foster care. The home is currently looking after 32 children of different ages.

This is the second time that Shell has volunteered at this home and the 19 Shell employees who volunteered were fully set to make a meaningful impact. Their tasks included cleaning and restoring the container to serve as a children’s play and learning area and restoring study desks and chairs. Some of the volunteers who had engaged with the organisation before were glad to see the impact Shell and its employees are having on the home

Shell SA Cape Town – Fikelela Children’s Home

Fikelela is situated in Khayelitsha Cape Town. The organisation offers temporal and permanent foster care to children aged between 0 and 8 years old. The home is currently looking after 40 children.

16 Volunteers from the Shell Team in Cape Town gathered at this home to revamp the Early Childhood Development library. They sorted and stored donated clothing to create a more organized space to work in. The garage and jungle gym were also painted, giving the play area a fresh look. From 09h30 the enthusiastic team worked through their tasks to transform a hall into a fun and safe environment for the children. At the end of the morning the volunteers spent time reading and playing with the children. The one-on-one time was really appreciated since the children don’t often receive this personal attention.

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Usha Manojkanth
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