R50 000 Diplomatic donation helps people help themselves
Just across the road from the richest square mile in Africa is the South African town of Alexandra.
It is here in Alexandra that the women’s group of the Diplomatic Corps based in South Africa visited projects which care for grandmother and child headed homes. The group, led by H.E Ms. Blanka Fajkusova, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to South Africa and Treasurer of the Diplomatic Corps, were given the opportunity to experience the difference their R50 000 donation and partnership with Ratang Bana – Future for Children, and the Leratong Joy for One Foundation had made.
“Donations help” said businessman Kenny Kunene and ‘Ambassador of Alexandra’. It is important, however, that the project can become self-sustaining and grow into an enterprise, he went on to say. Re enforcing this statement, Ingrid Moloi, Program manager at Ratang Bana thanked the Diplomats for “helping us help ourselves”. She showed them the vegetable garden which was flourishing due to the purchase of gardening equipment made possible through the donation. The donation of kitchen equipment had contributed to enhancing the cooking and feeding program.
“We never knew of orphanages,” said Peggy Chauke , Director of Leratong Joy for One Foundation. She was making remarks expressing her gratitude for the donation. The Foundation was established in May 2006 and supports children who have suffered abuse and have been neglected. They support them even when they reach adulthood, always offering a place to come home to.
The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps H.E Bene M’Poko and Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo officiated the handover and affirmed his support for the programs stating that these will become annual events and he will make every effort to create more awareness of these programs.
Also accompanying the Dean and Ambassador Blanka Fajkusova were H.E. Mrs. Mrs Stella Ndau - High Commissioner of Malawi, H.E. Mrs. Salamata Sawadogo Tapsoba - Ambassador of Burkina Faso, H.E. Mrs. Lois Lewis Brutus - Ambassador of Liberia , H.E. Mrs. Aichatou Sanni Aoudou - Ambassador of Gabon, H.E. Ms. Radhia N. M. Msuya - High Commissioner of Tanzania , H.E. Mr. Radu Gabriel Safta - Ambassador of Romania , H.E. Mr. Carlos Sersale di Cerisano - Ambassador of Argentina, Ms. Lucie Broechler - representing the Embassy of France and Ms. Sandra Platts - Personal Assistant to the Ambassador of the Czech Republic.
Mr. Leon Mdiya of Future Space Solutions helped with the organisation of both events.