Passion and partnership have been key ingredients in the building of a bakery by Lafarge South Africa at the New Jerusalem Children's Home (NJCH), based in President Park, Midrand. This 24-hour residential care centre provides a holistic and integrated quality care of orphaned, abandoned, abused, traumatised, vulnerable and HIV positive children.
In light of the incredible dedication to helping distressed children and the unwavering determination to follow truly ‘green' sustainable development principles, Lafarge unveiled their latest project on Friday 29 August 2014 - the opening of a bakery at NJCH, in which Lafarge has been the major donor. The bakery was formally opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the new Lafarge South Africa Country CEO, Kenneth MacLean and Esther Seabi, Transformation Manager, Lafarge South Africa.
The objectives of the bakery are firstly to provide an onsite facility to bake healthy bread more cost effectively for the children of the Home; and secondly to enable the Home to sell baked goods to the community so they can generate an income and work towards self-sufficiency.
Lafarge is a major presence in cement, readymix concrete, aggregates, plasterboard and interior fitting solutions in the country and are able to draw on technical resources and experience of their international group, which operates in 62 countries around the world. This includes many countries with developing economies, which are also dealing with the challenges of large impoverished communities, such as Brazil, Nigeria, Russia and India.
Lafarge forms partnerships of this nature as they believe that children are the future of the country. As a proudly South African company, their success depends on these children becoming engineers, managers, leaders and customers in the future. It is for this reason that Lafarge forms partnerships within projects that support sustainable development.
"Three years ago, we used our resources to partner with the Home in other projects. These involved fitting out used containers to provide more accommodation for the children, as well as equipping extensions to the classrooms at NJCH," explained MacLean.
Lafarge is proud to be associated with the NJHC and applauds the wonderful work NJCH do in order to create a happy, healthy environment for these children and, most of all, for giving them a better chance in life.
The New Jerusalem Children's Home is a 24-hour residential care centre in Midrand, Gauteng that addresses the needs of traumatised, abandoned, orphaned, abused and HIV-positive children, from birth to 18 years, from the surrounding communities.
The Home opened in 2000 by two sisters: Anna and Phina Mojapelo. The sisters promote ‘green' practices and built parts of the home from recycled containers. They have a permaculture garden to supply the children and local community with fresh vegetables.
In 2012, Lafarge Gypsum provided materials to fit out the containers and Lafarge Cement donated cement, furniture and teaching materials for an extension to the classrooms of the Orange Babies Montessori Preschool, which is based in the Home's grounds
NOTES TO EDITORS
A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.
In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.
Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.
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