Every year Mandela Day means lots of attention is given to our projects for one day only, which can do more harm than good. This year it was decided that we would encourage companies to engage with the projects over a longer period, or contribute to a more sustainable difference… and it worked! Many companies took up the challenge. Activities varied from a week-long engagement with a child care centre, to renovations and big blanket and clothing drives.
Below are some of the Mandela-inspired examples:
Medtronic Africa visited a day care centre for 5 days, taking soup and rolls and reading to the children.
YFM did an extensive blanket driver and live broadcast from Altrek during the Rose-Act holiday club. The blankets were shared amongst our projects, as well as being given to the Old Age Home, Hospice, Phuthadichaba, Christ Church Christian Care Centre, Ratang-bana and Bathusheng.
American Tower Corporation spent a day cleaning, painting and doing maintenance at House 1. They purchased a new hob top so that homework club cooking can happen in House 1.
Public Investment Corporation invested in Ndivoyo with repairs, painting and resources, as well as treating the children to a party with a jumping castle, face-painter, Mandela Cake, party packs and balloons.
There were several other shorter initiatives too.
We are always so grateful for the love and involvement shown to the beneficiaries of the Rays of Hope projects. We would, however, encourage you all, to be on the look-out for sustainable longer-term solutions when engaging with us or any other organisations. In most cases, the once-off sugar high from a day of cup-cakes and fizzy drinks is not what Mandela would have hoped for.