Part 2: We celebrate Youth Day with a few of our SED initiatives

South Africa commemorates Youth Day on 16 June and remembers all the young people who contributed to the creation of a democratic South Africa. As our country moves forward, young people remain a vital cog to the nation’s success. That’s why we at Avis Fleet like to support initiatives that help young people. Here are a few of the socio-economic development (SED) initiatives in which we are proud participants. Don’t forget to check out Part 1 of our series.

  • Avis Fleet’s IT Social Committee chose to support the uMephi Project, specifically House Dorandia. This home gives children from broken family structures a stable environment to grow up in where they can receive the correct guidance about ethics, personal values and careers. Sustainable development is close to the hearts of team members and they are happy to contribute to House Dorandia in different regions and help with the facilitation of other donations.
  • The Accident Management, MAU, VAPS and Marketing divisions chose Dignity Dreams, an organisation that helps young girls to continue attending school and achieving their goals. Dignity Dreams provides girls in need of sanitary products with washable pads so they can manage their menstrual cycles with confidence.
  • The Procurement, Maintenance and Accounts Receivables teams banded together to help Kids Haven. This organisation addresses the escalating problem of homeless (street) children and children in crisis in the Ekurhuleni region.
  • The Finance Division chose the Hamlet Foundation as its socio-economic development initiative. Founded in 1954, this non-governmental organisation includes an adult centre, workshop and school. With more than 600 children and adults under its care, Avis Fleet assisted the Hamlet Foundation to make a difference in the lives of intellectually disabled people in the community. There are residential facilities and protected workshop facilities for adults and children.
  • The HR Department chose Impact House for its SED. This organisation strives to create a loving family environment for children irrespective of race, religion or gender. This initiative was established as a satellite home of the uMephi Project in January 2002. It cares for children in need including those who are abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned, HIV-infected and affected, and children with special needs.
  • Avis Fleet’s Customer Administration department chose the John Wesley Children’s Home as its SED initiative. It’s a home away from home for teenage girls who’ve been neglected, abused or abandoned. The home was established in November 1999 and registered by the Department of Social Development in January 2004.

There are many benefits of our SED initiatives – from economic development to social welfare – and they encourage our staff and other companies to be more involved in the community. By creating employment, we can also contribute to the growth of the South African economy.

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