South Africa -Fine Chemicals Corporation
Shaping our future leaders
Over the past two years COVID-19 has hit many families very hard. The impact that has been caused mobilised FCC to assist where we could as participants in the 2021 Mandela day campaign.
We supported two beneficiaries - Hannah’s House of Safety and Astra School for the Disabled. Each of these beneficiaries are situated in disadvantaged environments within the Western Cape and specialise in providing care to children.
Hannah's Place of Safety
Hannah’s Place of Safety, situated in Mitchell’s Plain which is one of the most gang-infested areas in Cape Town, is a home of safety for abandoned and abused babies, under the age of 12 months.
These babies suffer from physical and/or emotional neglect, various types of abuse, drug withdrawal, malnutrition, and illness. The dedicated staff do their best to restore the children’s love, faith, hope and dreams, and prepare them for their forever homes. The organisation also strongly advocates fostering and encourages couples to do so, as they believe children should be raised with good, loving, and nurturing parents, and not in alternative care facilities.
On 27 July 2021 FCC committed to a R40 000 sponsorship and handed over donations of nappies, infant formula and food, clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets, groceries and more. FCC also presented small survival coffee kits containinb a breakfast treat and refreshments to staff to keep them warm and energised during the day.
Astra School for the Disabled
The Astra School situated in Montevideo in Cape Town, is an institution for children with physical and mental disabilities. Most of the learners come from impoverished and disadvantaged areas. Many of the households of these children have been hit hard by COVID-19, and this has resulted in parents not being able to pay school and transport fees and not being able to buy the necessities required for the children living in the hostel.
Due to the struggles that the school faces financially, FCC committed to a R25 000 sponsorship. On 29 July a team of five FCC representatives handed over supplies that included food and healthcare items.
It was encouraging to learn that one of Astra’s former students had studied at the University of the Western Cape and qualified as a chartered accountant.
The FCC team is humbled to have played a role in the well-being of local children through our participation in Mandela Day over many years.