RELEASED ON 05 July 2018
United Way South Africa calls upon people and organisations to bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to fight or education and financial stability.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 05 July 2018. United Way South Africa, a South African Non-Profit Organisation that is part of the United Way Worldwide movement, is having a fundraising event today at ‘The Barnyard Theatre’ in Rivonia.
Eli Lilly employees along with their families and friends are celebrating Lilly South Africa’s 80th year of making lives better for people of Africa. Eli Lilly South Africa was established in 1938 and over 80 years, have reached many milestones to reach this accomplishment. Eli Lilly and Company is one of United Way’s corporate partners and as part of this partnership, they are celebrating with United Way South Africa as the beneficiary.
United Way South Africa aim to raise funds to support United Way South Africa's Impact programmes which are currently focused on education and financial stability.
United Way South Africa promotes collaboration between all relevant stakeholders in order to leverage, aggregate, support and expand common development programmes for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. Through collective community impact, they bring about long-term sustainable change to these communities in the areas of education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way South Africa already have projects running with several of their current partner companies which clearly bear this testament.
The Pharmaceutical Company, Eli Lilly, handed over a $500, 000 gift, from past CEO Dr. John Lechleiter and Mrs. Sarah Lechleiter and the Lilly Foundation, to United Way South Africa at the official launch of United Way South Africa in 2017. Commenting at the launch event, Eli Lilly South Africa Corporate Affair Director, Ms. Belinda Bhoodoo said, ‘’Today heralds the start of a very important and strategic partnership between Eli Lilly South Africa and United Way South Africa. We are indeed proud and honored to work with the organization and believe that together, we will enhance education, increase sustainable income and create healthier communities for many disadvantaged South Africans.’’ From Ms. Bhoodoo’s comments, we can gladly say that the partnership is what it means to LIVE UNITED.
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About United Way South Africa
United Way South Africa is non-profit organisation that envisions a nation where all individuals achieve their full potential through ‘education, income and health’ – the building blocks for a good quality of life.
We unite and connect all sectors of society - individuals, businesses, non-profit organisations and government - by mobilising the caring power of communities to create long term social change and action through GIVING, ADVOCATING and VOLUNTEERING.
Our programmes involve activities which are focused Education and Income Stability, we have the ‘Youth Success’ and ‘The Urban Agriculture Programme’.
In collaboration with government, communities and the private sector, United Way South Africa aims to address the high school graduation and unemployment crisis by working with at-risk learners in order to provide support mechanisms for them to stay in school and successfully graduate high school.
We identify vulnerable youth and provide them with an avenue for further education through formal and/or trade learning opportunities. We also identify economic pathways to facilitate access to stable income opportunities, through employment or entrepreneurship, so that youth may become meaningfully engaged, capacitated and actively involved in the formal economy.
Some key challenges facing public schooling are that; less than 50% of learners in public schools who enroll in Grade 1, get to reach Matric and that only 29% of learners who write Grade 12 final examinations meet the minimum University entry requirements. With the above in mind, UWSA believes that by providing targeted support mechanisms for learners within their respective grades, it will create an eco-system of excellence around the learner to ensure that he/she has every chance to graduate high-school and attain a family-sustaining income.
In collaboration with Cummins, UWSA conducted a skills assessment for 275 grade 9 learners in Ingqayizivele Secondary School in 2017. Another Skills assessment was later conducted for 320 Grade 9 learners in Ivory Park Secondary School – this was to unearth the strengths of each learner, align those strengths to potential careers and ultimately equip learners with the knowledge to make informed subject choices.
Later on, a Career Day was conducted for both schools where learners received support and guidance on different career paths. Cummins career experts showcased the skills, attitude, and aptitude required to become successful in any chosen career. Most learners were happy to have received the opportunity to learn about different careers and mentioned that the knowledge will play a significant role for them in their future.
This year (2018), UWSA and Cummins are conducting a ‘Holiday and Weekend Tuition Classes’. These classes will improve the performance of academically challenged Grade 9 learners. These extra classes will assist these learners to perform better in Maths, Science, and English. Equipping the youth with such dynamic education at an early age will have a massive impact on their future and also to the lives of those around them.
The Urban Agriculture Programme
In South Africa, Only 10% of R60 Billion horticulture industry is made up of black small holder farmers
United Way South Africa (UWSA) in collaboration with the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), Department of Social Development (DSD), Food Resilience Unit, is currently implementing the Urban Agriculture Programme (UAP) for 600 small holder farmers across the Johannesburg region. The project is aimed at supporting farmers with business and technical skills as well as access to market. In doing so, it will address issues surrounding poverty alleviation, food security and nutrition, employment creation, and small business development.
Our focus is to capacitate farmers and their organizations into sustainable farming businesses that supply large clients through long term offtake agreements.
The programme offers;
• Business and technical skills training
• Quality management
• Production planning
• Access to markets
Return on Investment
This Programme contributes towards economic empowerment, food security, nutrition and livelihoods of vulnerable people in Johannesburg. The Programme is aligned to the transformation agenda of the country and the requisite legislative obligations imposed on large companies through the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) codes. Your investment will impact on your Socio-Economic Development, Skills Development and Enterprise and Supplier Development Scorecard.
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