Thirty passionate Engen dealers from the Central Gauteng network have come together to help revamp Needy Kids Day Centre in Diepsloot informal settlement, which was in dire need of some tender loving care.
The initiative, a collaboration with leading non-profit organisation JAM South Africa, involves the introduction of its Nutritional Feeding Programme and an extreme makeover of the centre.
Engen Dealers and JAM handed over the new centre to ecstatic staff and children at the official handover party on Wednesday, 30 March 2016.
The extensive revamp has resulted in a full transformation. The centre now boasts: four renovated classrooms, new toilets, a library, a fully kitted kitchen, a playground area with jungle gym and educational toys, Astro-Turf, shaded areas and a thriving vegetable garden.
Funding raised by Engen’s Dealer Community Partnership Programme (DCPP) was matched by Engen Corporate, totalling R292 145. This covered the makeover as well as allowed for the nutritional feeding of 100 children who will be provided with a 50g portion of highly nutritious porridge served in a JAM Red Bowl every school day in 2016.
In existence for more than three decades, JAM, a South African founded international humanitarian development organisation, has to date provided more than 1,64 billion meals to more than a million beneficiaries in Africa.
Managing Director of JAM South Africa, David Brown said there are four steps involved in its approach: “Our primary focus is to provide nutrition for children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years in informal settlements. We then focus on infrastructure improvements through our Makeover Programme, Early Childhood Centre Development (ECD) ECD, education for caregivers and community involvement.”
Dealers from the Engen Gauteng Central charity committee said that the transformation was “incredible”. The entire look and structure of the centre has been changed. In just three months, JAM has created an environment that is positive, stimulating and uplifting for children to learn and grow and for teachers to nurture and teach.
Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Mntu Nduvane says: “The nutritional feeding programme is paramount as most of the children in the area are living below the breadline. The Engen Gauteng charity committee got involved in the Centre’s transformation helping with some of the painting and adding the final touches. They have also donated a microwave, gifts and toys for the children. The entire project has been described by all as uplifting and generous showing the positive aspects of the human spirit.”
Engen Gauteng Central Dealers are planning future initiatives with JAM South Africa and hope to continue to work with the organisation on similar projects in the future.
Engen’s Corporate Affairs General Manager, Tasneem Sulaiman-Bray says, “Engen dealers really got involved helping to paint the centre and put up the jungle gym. We welcome this generous show of community support and social upliftment. Engen fully encourages and supports our dealers to roll up their sleeves and engage with their local communities.”