Nashua Mobile Social Committee members recently handed over a R25,000 cheque to IkamvaYouth to help the project realise its goals during the year that lies ahead. IkamvaYouth is a non-profit organisation that focuses on the empowerment of youth through education, e-literacy training and career guidance.
The donation falls in line with Nashua Mobile’s commitment to education in South Africa. The company has supported many educational projects with its corporate social investment (CSI) funds over the years – for example, it has a long-standing relationship Reagile Primary in Winnie Mandela Park, where it has built additional classrooms and helps to feed orphans and vulnerable children and the recently launched Streetwise Solution.
IkamvaYouth aims to prepare secondary school pupils for tertiary education or employment. The project stretches across the Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng. It is driven by enthusiastic volunteers – some of them were once pupils who received tutoring from the same programme.
Nashua Mobile encourages employee participation in the community projects it supports and was excited by the possibilities of a partnership with IkamvaYouth when an employee nominated the programme for sponsorship.
The company encourages employees to become involved in its CSI initiatives – and is open to work with employee’s community projects when these are in line with its goals. It was especially pleased when one employee offered to become a regular volunteer for IkamvaYouth.
Says Jessie Makhudu, Head of Transformation at Nashua Mobile: “Sustainability is a big deciding factor in selecting community development projects we support. We are delighted to support a project such as IkamvaYouth that was recognised by the International Youth Foundation as worthy of special mention and that was finalist of the change makers “Champions of Quality Education in Africa” Award in 2009.”