Adding to the Treasure Trove
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere
When we create the right conditions for learning to take place it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: we learn how to learn and then … we can learn anything. The future of South Africa and its colourful people will, to a large extent, be determined by the quality of learning we pass on to our children. If we can improve the education even the most impoverished among us receive, we create movements in infinitely desirable directions.
On the 1st October 2010 Enshrine placed Gary Van Den Berg as an Operations Manager with A&G Engineering c.c. A&G is a Production and Engineering company owned by Gerrit Venter and based in Modderfontein, Gauteng. A&G opted to contribute the BEE/SED percentage of the placement fee Enshrine makes available to selected Socio-Economic Investment Beneficiaries, to Thandanani, an orphanage which is run as a non-profit organisation by a small but highly dedicated team of supporters.
Thandanani means “love each other”; a name that eloquently captures the humanitarian intent behind this life-changing enterprise which provides assistance to orphans and other disadvantaged children from selected homes; many of whom are infected and affected by AIDS or abuse. The children at the centre are given food parcels and clothes and are also taken on educational excursions whenever possible. At any one time approximately 50 children and their respective caregivers are treated to an outing they will remember for many years to come.
As a result of this placement the comfort, dignity and quality of education for a number of school children has taken a significant turn for the better. On 3 March 2011 Thandanani put A&G’s contribution to good use when they bought school uniforms for 15 scholars fromIkageng Primary school in Alexandra. The delighted children also received shoes, jerseys, trousers, socks, dresses as well as stationery.
It is thanks to contributions by companies like A&G that we show we care, that we encourage and support – and we all know how important positive affirmation and reinforcement are to the process of education.