South African financial services provider Ubank has partnered with US-Africa Children’s Fellowship (USACF) to provide books to Dalasile High School and Tshapile Primary School in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape.
The materials donated include reading books, reference books, and actual curriculum text books to the value of US$500 000 (about R4.9-million).
After the recent adoption of a school in Bloemfontein, this is yet another initiative to highlight its commitment to uplift the communities that it is a part of, says Ubank.
INVESTING IN COMMUNITIES
The Eastern Cape has always been a key area for Ubank as many of the Bank’s customers originate from the region, which also cements our focus to continue improving the lives of those living there.
“Investing in the communities in which we operate, forms a critical part of how we do business,” says Derek Elbrecht, head of the Teba Trust.
“Not only do we invest in helping less privileged schools across South Africa, but we also value partnerships with organisations that have the same objective as us, and USACF fell right into that category.”
USACF is an organisation dedicated to improving education for young people in Africa, and was started by Mark Grashow and his wife in 2003. Today, the programme supports 70 000 children in 165 schools in Botswane, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
As of April 2013, USACF has sent twenty-three 40-foot shipping containers to schools in those countries, with each container being filled with library books, textbooks, school supplies, sports equipment, toys, and other needed materials.
“We have also invested in the building and rehabilitation of school structures in the area, and we are very proud to be part of the creation of future leaders in our communities,” added Ubank CEO Luthando Vutula.