There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” Nelson Mandela
We demonstrated our commitment to social responsibility by looking for an institute that could really benefit from our help. This was not an easy task as there are so many deserving institutions out there that need assistance. After visiting the Ezibelini School (meaning school of mercy) for the physically challenged in Katlehong, Alberton, our decision became a lot easier. Puregas donated 30 beds and mattresses for the children.
The school caters for learners with multi disabilities. Many learners are incontinent as a result of their severe disabilities and need 24 hour supervision and monitoring. Income to run the school is derived from a government subsidy and only 25 percent of the parents can afford to pay the school fees (R110 for day scholars and R220 for live-in learners per month) as most of the learners come from impoverished backgrounds. Learners range from 5 years to 21 years old and the school provides education and care from Grade R to Grade 9.
Many of the learners, of whom some are orphans, board at the school and there are not enough beds. It was with this in mind that we decided to donate the beds, after all every child deserves to sleep on their own bed.
There are many other challenges the school faces, things such as insufficient sporting equipment, no playground for Grade R learners, cots, paint, books for the library, disposable nappies, and the list goes on. Should you be in a position to be able to offer any assistance to the school, please call Kim Isherwood (HR Manager) on 011 903 9760 or contact the school directly on 011 909 3918. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.