Community-building initiatives taken up in Africa
December 29, 2016
Tata International’s Distribution team in Africa undertook a number of community-building activities at locations across the continent over the month of November.
The Nigeria team donated four sets of computer systems and a printer to the Festac Girls Junior Secondary School. The Information Technology team also volunteered to be trainers for the students. As part of the project, the team aims to train girls in Information Technology and ensure that they benefit from it; continue to sustain their acquired knowledge; and assist the students in acquiring skills for future benefits.
On November 24, 2016, the Uganda team together with the Regional Head and officials from Tata Motors visited the orphans and widows of Aids victims at the Uganda Primary School in Makindye (Kampala).
The occasion was officiated by Mr Naresh Leekha, Regional Director, East Africa. In his speech, he recognised the efforts of the school management and encouraged the pupils to focus on their studies.
During the visit the team also donated food items such as beans, rice, posho, biscuits and scholastic materials that included books, pens, pencils and erasers and 10 mattresses.
The Johannesburg team handed over books as part of the ‘Bridging for Life’ programme to the Namedi and Mookodi Secondary Schools. The library was revamped and a variety of books were donated towards the cause of encouraging reading and further education among the students.
Mr Harneet Luther, Ms Thandeka Hlatswayo, Ms Alexis Vonrahden, Ms Desree Ramaila, Ms Jeaniqua Linsky, Mr Lucas Sitoe and Ms Fumani Ntshangase were present at the occasion. Ms Nthabiseng Matsoso (Bridging for Life learner) was also presented with an iPad and cellphone for being among the top three performers at the National Debates for the Department of Roads and Transport.
As part of Tata Volunteering Week initiative, the Zambia team visited the Cicetekelo Youth Project, located in Misundu, outskirts of Ndola.
The project currently supports more than 300 people under the guidance of Pope John XXIII. The organisation equips incapacitated individuals with practical skills and knowledge for survival. It also assists homeless individuals who have obtained their grade 10 and 11 with practical training skills in mechanics, farming, poultry, etc.
The team donated mattresses, mosquito nets, toiletries, blankets, and many other basics items of daily use to the organisation.