It takes a village

03 March 2019 | Society

S.P.E.S Charity recently hosted a fundraiser in the capital where they shared information about the impact the organisation has in the community and the lives of the less fortunate children, while encouraging businesses to open their hearts on various levels.

During the event, Schalk Pienaar – who is both group talent management executive of the Pupkewitz group and a director of S.P.E.S– shared with the audience the enormous impact they can have by investing into the lives of these children. “Although they are born into disadvantaged circumstances, they are the future of our country and it is our responsibility to help make their dreams a reality,” he said.

Esmé Coetzee of S.P.E.S underlined both the privilege and responsibility of being involved in the lives of these children and adults, while S.P.E.S ambassador Georgina Poulter-Brown from Ireland shared the growth she has witnessed in the preschools, teachers and children over the past six years she has been involved.

The keynote speaker, James Mnuype (managing director of Allan Gray) together Minette van Wyk (his PA), spoke about how it “takes a village to raise a child” and that S.P.E.S aims to fulfil this through their integrated approach.

Through this fundraising event, S.P.E.S shared their greatest need, namely capacity on different levels. With the support from businesses, this helps build that capacity, making a lasting impact in the lives of these children and adults.

S.P.E.S has been serving the less fortunate children of our community for more than 14 years. It was established to help these individuals to step out of poverty through encouragement, education and support. The group is currently involved with 25 informal pre-schools in Okuryangava, Havana, Hakahana, Otjomuise, Greenwell Matongo and Katutura. These schools consist of ±1700 children (0-6 years old) as well as ± 80 teachers.

For more information, contact Esme at [email protected]

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