More than 200 ABI employees volunteered their hands, time and skills to make the lives of the children living at the Dimphonyana Orphanage and Foster Home much better. They helped with a number of initiatives – all with a view of creating a better and more sustainable future for those at Dimphonyana.
Started in 2001 to create hope for orphans and children in need in the Olivenhoutbosch area, Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng or “little gifts of home” cares for and provides a safe space in which to grow and learn, despite the challenges they face on a daily basis.
“As part of our commitment to uplift and build our communities, we identified Dimphonyana as a community organisation in our region that needs support and arranged to have an Employee Volunteer Day at the home on Monday,” says Sarika Kisten, ABI Corporate Affairs Specialist.
Employees from ABI’s Midrand Manufacturing Plant arrived early in the morning – armed with gardening equipment, paint, paint brushes as well as toolboxes – and embarked on a number of activities without delay. Just a few hours later, Dimphonyana had been transformed into a new space, with rooms freshly painted, vegetable tunnels erected and vegetables planted, new compost boxes built and murals painted on the walls. The recycling area was also cleared and renovated.
“Every year ABI invests approximately R5 million in our Employee Volunteer Programme as a means of encouraging our employees to give back and make a meaningful contribution to the communities in which we operate. In the last financial year alone, we’ve seen over 74% of our employees take part and experience the difference they can make firsthand,” says Nono Mosomane, ABI CSI Specialist. “We’re thrilled that so many of our employees could join us– I commend and thank them for their hard work.”