Employees at the Ford Engine Plant in Struandale have opened their hearts, and their wallets, to support education at a local school.
The Missionvale Primary School, near the Engine Plant, is massively under-resourced, and serves the largely impoverished surrounding Missionvale township with around 1 400 learners crammed into the facility.
Many of the children come from poor or broken homes, and simply can’t afford, or don’t have access to even the most basic of learning materials, as witnessed by employees from the Ford Engine Plant who conducted a clean-up campaign at the school last year as part of Ford’s Global Week of Caring.
As a result, employees have eagerly responded to the desperate needs of the learners, with a co-ordinated effort by Ford’s Wellness Team resulting in thousands of Rands worth of stationary being purchased and freely donated by employees in an effort to improve the education and future for the youngsters.
The effort was also supported by the Greenacres branch of Sanlam, represented by financial advisor Gareth Renze who has been a regular supporter of the Engine Plant’s employee wellness and benefits initiatives.
Sixteen of the most desperate children, who are either orphans or extremely poor and range in age from nine to 18, were identified and provided with a comprehensive pack of essential stationary items at the official hand-over in March. A further 19 kits were made available for the teachers to provide to other learners in need, while the school administration was supplied with essential items to assist with its day-to-day requirements.
The Ford Wellness Team also donated stationary to the Laphumilanga Home Based Care Centre in Zwide, continuing its support for this remarkable facility that provides a haven for over 40 children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
“We truly appreciate the kind support shown by Ford and its employees,” commented Missionvale Primary School principal Selwyn Raubenheimer.
“We’re doing our very best for the learners with the few resources we have, but this contribution and our ongoing relationship with Ford makes a huge difference to the lives of these children and their prospects for a better education.”