The beauty of Mandela Day lies in the unreserved expression of unconditional kindness. This Mandela Day, Focus on iThemba and several valued donors and partners committed their time to bringing contagious joy to the lives of many children we are blessed to support.

Three of our partnering Pre-Schools, Siyabaphephisa (Project Bright), Entokozweni (Project Joy) and Sthandokuhle (Project Faith) blessed us with the privilege of being able to make a significant difference.

The incredible team at NAIDU Consulting, donated material, time and labour to build Project Bright its very own bike track, create a sensory pathway and provided and installed roofing over the two remaining classrooms. As part of their staff inititaive, the team offered their hearts and hands to the painting of tyres for the bike track, donated and erected street signs to help the littlies navigate their way around the track, and created a sensory pathway to develop and stimulate their senses. The team also spent time filling tyres with indigenous plants to echo our sentiment of creating a ‘green-friendly’ environment for the learners and teachers at the school.

Project Joy lived up to its name as 25 staff members from Kerry Ingredients SA wore smiles from ear to ear as they donated a few hours of their time to growing a nurturing environment, suitable for children and teachers to flourish! Their time consisted of planting indigenous flora in 30 beautifully painted tyres, sharing a MacDonald’s Meal with the children and teachers as well as donating goodie bags for the little ones to enjoy. The joy captured on every face there was priceless and it was a moment that will live on in their hearts for a very long time.

The Jacob House Office which consists of the DanCor Properties and Focus on iThemba teams respectively, joined together to bring contagious joy to the children at Project Faith. The teams brought along a book to read to the children and donated it to the school’s library as a continuation of kindness. Time was spent reading to the children, playing interactive games, singing nursery rhymes, treating the staff to a special performance by the older learners ages 4 to 5, and simply enjoying the gift of giving. Sthandokuhle Pre-School also enjoyed a visit from Waterfall Pre-Primary School who generously made and donated sandwiches for the children to eat at lunch. The children were overjoyed to receive full hearts and tummies this Mandela Day.

We are grateful to have joined with so many partners this Mandela Day in making a positive difference and lliving out our vision of Growing Hearts and Minds.