67 Safe Sanitation for 67 Creches in Orange Farm
Through our highly effective Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP), the Transnet Foundation again roped in Transnet (SOC) Ltd’s powerful workforce, our colleagues, to give away their 67 minutes on putting a smile across the faces of the underprivileged in the spirit of the late Nelson Mandela on the 18th of July, 2014.
On International Nelson Mandela Day, we worked on 67 toilets at 67 crèches across the Orange Farm community, thereby affording each crèche toilet and its ablution system access to the main Johannesburg sanitation grid.
Poor sanitation, improper hygiene and dirty water are the main cause of diarrhea, which kills about 1.2 million children under the age of five every year. School aged children who do not have access to proper ablutions are seriously affected by resulting dysentery diseases, and this can affect their physical growth and cause impaired academic performance and school attendance.
We understand the importance of providing and rehabilitating the nation’s children with access to toilets and bathrooms and clean, running water. Not only does it instill dignity and self-esteem, it is a basic human right.
Nelson Mandela once said, “Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people,” and Transnet Foundation embraces this.
Transnet (SOC) Ltd and the Foundation would like to sincerely thank each and every one of you for your undying spirit and commitment to this special day of the year. The company truly appreciates the time and effort that you have put into the Nelson Mandela Day initiative on an annual basis.
“We truly appreciate the effort put into the initiative on a yearly basis,” says Transnet Foundation Head, Cynthia Mgijima. “We hope that each and every one of us continues to give selflessly to those in need throughout the year, and not only on Mandela Day. Our former president, Nelson Mandela planted that seed to give in us. It is now up to us to ensure that the seed germinates and the plant is well nurtured,” she concludes.