South Africa (2013) | Support of SOS Children’s Villages
Thanks to the Corporate Donation by Marquard & Bahls, SOS Family Aid Can Support nearly 1,500 People
Instead of giving Christmas presents to our employees, customers and business partners, Marquard & Bahls has a long tradition of donating a large sum to international aid projects at the end of each year. In 2013, Marquard & Bahls doubled the company's usual donation to 100,000 euros, which covers the annual cost of running two projects at SOS Children's Villages in South Africa: At the Social Centers in Sekhukhune and Qwa Qwa, SOS staff provide support to households outside the local SOS Children’s Villages. They run outreach programs in at-risk areas, helping families to cope with a daily routine usually dominated by the absence of family members lost to AIDS. The families are provided with food, along with medical and psychological care. Children and teenagers are given support in the form of school materials and school fees. The SOS employees also conduct awareness and information campaigns on HIV/AIDS. A drop-in center provides kids with an after-school haven where they receive warm meals, can do their homework in peace and quiet, and learn to grow vegetables in order to feed themselves and their brothers and sisters. Around 1,500 people benefit from SOS family assistance in Qwa Qwa und Sekhukhune.