Air Products South Africa took a bold step when committing to a national 3-year project, WitnessHappiness, which was launched in July 2016 on Mandela Day. With this project, Air Products embarked on a journey to make an impact at early childhood development centres (ECDs) in 10 communities where Air Products operates. A year later, the vigorous improvement at the centres and the morale of children and teachers are heart-warming. The beneficiary in the Eastern Cape, the Gloria Deo Créche in Kwazakhele is a prime example of the positive changes which has taken place during the last year as a result of the project. Their annual year-end party took place in Port Elizabeth today.
This project which forms part of Air Products’ corporate social investment (CSI) aligns to the strategy of making a difference to youth and education. Through this project, Air Products not only made a huge difference to the facilities and educational equipment to the centres, but also provided a platform where employees can engage with the children and teachers at the centres and experience the joy, gratefulness and excitement that is evident at all of the centres.
According to Market Research and Strategy Manager and member of the CSI committee, Arthi Govender, this project has exceeded all expectations to date. “When we conceptualised this project, we did not envisage that it will have the impact that we have experienced at the centres to date. We can see, and are truly humbled by the general impact of the project. The purpose of the project was twofold; firstly to make a difference to the early education and lives of children in South Africa, as well as to provide Air Products employees with a platform to experience the company’s CSI initiatives.”
WitnessHappiness has been structured in such a way that each of the regions was requested to identify a centre in their area with the input of employees.
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