Six Parker Racor filtered water dispensers, 400 water bottles, and healthy treats were donated to local charities serving underprivileged children in celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day on July 18.
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela
Three non-profit charities as well as a local group of employee led runners from Tembisa graciously accepted the donations during planned visits celebrating Mandela Day. Employees welcomed the opportunity to give back to their communities by participating in games and children’s activities at each center.
The first organization, the Nokuphila School, was established in January 2010, opening its doors to 45 pre-schoolers between the ages of four and five drawn from informal settlements on the western border of Thembisa. Children are admitted to the school based on their vulnerability and the willingness of their caregivers to participate in the life of the school. Parker donated two Parker water dispensers to the school with water bottles for the children, and has also committed to sponsoring a student teacher from the Rekopane Inclusive Development Center to study at the Nokuphila School on a two year teaching assignment.
In addition to the Parker water dispenser and food donations, local employees have committed to renovating some of the rooms at the Rekopane Inclusive Development Center to make it more comfortable and hygienic for the children. Rekopane, meaning "We are together," was established in 2008 after acknowledging an enormous need for children with disabilities to find placement in schools or development centers at an early age. Rekopane Inclusive Development Center is a non-profit organization that caters to children from the ages of two to twelve years with severe physical disabilities, mental impairment, visual impairment and those who are HIV positive.
The Thuthuzela Aid Community Center welcomed the Parker donation to help serve underprivileged children in Alexandrea. The number of abused, needy, abandoned and HIV/AIDS infected children in South Africa continues to grow everyday due to factors such as teenage pregnancy, poverty and crime. The center operates as a day care as well as a place of safety with most of its children coming from financially disadvantaged families. Parker donated food, a gas stove to cook for the children and a Parker water dispenser and water bottles to ensure safe drinking water.
Finally, a team of children and young adults, led by Parker employees, who call themselves “The Parker Harriers – Thembisa” will be assured clean drinking water, amenities and a safe location to store their Parker sponsored running clothing, enabling them to focus more on wellness and fitness. A second hand container has been converted into a locker room for the runners and will be placed at a safe location in Tembisa. The container has been fitted with lockers, benches, storage cupboards and Parker water dispensers. This innovative solution to provide the facilities and equipment necessary for employees, and the disadvantaged youth of northern Tembisa, to pursue exercise and fitness goals together illustrates the creativity and determination of local employees who are striving to make a difference.
Watch out for future announcements on the activities of the Parker Harriers and ways in which you can support these initiatives in South Africa.
December 5, 2014 Update:
A Christmas charity drive has been initiated by Parker South Africa to support the education of students at the Nokuphila School. You can magnify our efforts! Visit Just Giving and submit your donation.