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Absa invests in young lives.

Absa event in Port Elizabeth

By May Daniels, Senior OVC Co-ordinator | Port Elizabeth

 

As partners, Absa and the OLIVE LEAF Foundation are working together to improve the lives of 99 orphaned and vulnerable children in the Walmer Township of Port Elizabeth. The partnership between Absa and the OLIVE LEAF Foundation will help to ensure that these children have access to basic, but essential services. The underlying principle in this programme is that of promoting sustainable development, a principle which has become synonymous with the OLIVE LEAF Foundation’s purpose, which is guided by a set of core values, such as “Ubuntu” – a South African way of embracing ”community” and “togetherness”

Absa’s involvement with the OLF started in 2006, when funds were made available to the organization for grocery distribution. In terms of their agreement, funds (R200 000,00) were made available by Absa to ensure that Child Headed Households receive monthly groceries.

The 2009 allocation of R440,000 was given to ensure that selected children would benefit from a wider range of services.

Absa event in Port Elizabeth

The children are from 81 families, all living in the sprawling, impoverished township of Walmer. Some of the children are orphaned and others live in single parent households, they have hardship and hunger in common.  Amidst their difficult circumstances, there are dreams of a decent education and the caregivers’ hope to provide for the basic needs of these children. 

 

The services rendered by OLIVE LEAF Foundation will include food support, supplying school supplies, medical services and facilitating skills training programmes.  A group of 15 Kidz Club Leaders (who are all at High School) will assist the fieldworkers and supervise the daily homework, life skills and character building sessions. The aim is for these children to become community leaders that will enable community development through the training they receive. The OLIVE LEAF Foundation will work closely with the caregivers in support groups to provide social and emotional care, as well as equipping them with skills to start income generating activities. The programme is fully endorsed by the Ward Councilor, Fundiswa Mbane, who works closely with the OLIVE LEAF Foundation staff.  She has expressed her confidence that this project will contribute towards the improvement of the lives of the children in the community.

The rising number of orphaned children, child and youth-headed households is arguably the biggest long-term challenge facing South Africa’s socio-economic development and stability. Absa’s partnership with the OLIVE LEAF Foundation is part of a national programme where Absa is working with five leading NGO’s namely Johannesburg Child Welfare, World Vision, Starfish Greathearts Foundation, Wola Nani and OLIVE LEAF FOUNDATION to provide holistic support to orphaned and vulnerable children.

On the 05th March 2010 at St Augustine’s Church in Walmer, Absa presented OLIVE LEAF Foundation with a cheque to assist the beneficiaries of this programme.

 

 


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