PRETORIA, South Africa — Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) employees once again banded together to collect warm clothes and blankets in anticipation of another cold winter. Once collected the clothes and blankets were delivered to the Viva Foundation.
“Once again our employees really came to the party by donating so generously,” Ford Corporate Communications Manager Alisea Chetty explains. “When we delivered the goods we were fortunate to spend time with the children and witness their daily activities. It was heart-warming to hand over the goods and be proud of what Ford is doing for the community, a humbling experience to say the least.”
The Viva Foundation is a non-profit organisation that strives to transform informal settlements in to stable and economically viable communities. The Viva Foundation established the Viva Village in Mamelodi East’s Alaska Informal Settlement, where it provides pre-school facilities; a special needs programme for children, literacy, art and after-school care programmes for children. It also runs a feeding scheme that provides more than 3500 meals to underprivileged families monthly.
The foundation relies upon the goodness of people, the public, and private sector companies in order to provide services to the community. FMCSA has supported the Viva Foundation for the past three years as it directly impacts the Mamelodi community where many of FMCSA’s employees reside.
FMCSA last year donated a Ford Ranger to the Viva Foundation in support of their on-going work in the Mamelodi East community.
“They were in dire need of a vehicle last year and we were pleased to be able to assist them in that regard and when our staff donated so generously ahead of the winter season we were once again pleased to be able to offer our support to them,” concluded Chetty.