December 17 2019
Pan-African data network service provider, SEACOM, today handed over a cheque of R15 650 to the staff of The Almond Tree as they further the important work the NPO does for abandoned and abused babies and children.
What started as a temporary place of safety inside Charmaine and Kent McQueen’s home, for vulnerable babies who have suffered from the adverse effects of HIV/AIDS, poverty and substance abuse, has grown tremendously into a child and youth care centre with trained caregivers, a house mother and management staff.
Dedicated to their mission of placing neglected children into a family environment of unconditional love, care and nurture, the passionate team at The Almond Tree equip children with essential moral values, life skills, and most importantly, a sense of belonging and purpose. Today, the NPO has a baby home in Delmas, and a children’s village with an Early Childhood Development (ECD) pre-school in Benoni.
The organisation also provides employment, Early Childhood Development and computer skills training to previously unemployed and unskilled women in the surrounding communities.
Aligning to SEACOM’s core values, the telecommunications company believes in the work that The Almond Tree does for its community and ran an internal drive to raise money for the NPO. SEACOM and its staff donated R15 650 to help the NPO fulfil some of its Christmas wish-list items.
SEACOM CCO Steve Briggs commented, “We are incredibly passionate about giving back to the community and supporting worthwhile projects, and we feel that The Almond Tree is a very deserving cause. We hope that our contribution will uplift the babies’ caretakers and aid in the day-to-day functioning of the childcare centre in a significant way.”