Feature image: MAMA FEZIWE GAMBO FROM EZIMBOKODWENI IN KZN WITH MEMBERS OF HER CENTRE, EXCITED ABOUT THE GIFT OF WARMTH THEY RECEIVED.
The basic need to keep warm is one we all share, even more so in the rural areas where most of the Clover Mama Afrika’s operate and run their centres on a daily basis. The beautiful donated blankets arrived just in time to make sure the cold will be kept at bay during the chilly winter days. It is believed that one big blanket can cover up to four children, so with these blankets, Clover Mama Afrika will be able to keep quite a few small bodies warm.
Prof Elain Vlok, Clover Manager, Clover Mama Afrika Trust helped pack all the donated blankets so they could be ready and delivered to the various Mama Afrika’s across the country. “As always, this is such a welcome and generous donation from Aranda, and we are deeply grateful that they have continued to support us year-on-year with this warm donation. This makes a tremendous difference to many homes and is most definitely not a donation that is taken lightly by the Mama Afrikas and Clover Mama Afrika,” says Prof Vlok.
“The blankets were neatly packed, just in time to be couriered to our Clover Mama Afrika’s before the bitter cold started. The Mamas near Gauteng already received their blankets, and are over the moon with happiness. Thank you, Aranda Textile Mills!” Prof Vlok continues.
As Clover’s CSI arm, Clover Mama Afrika supports and upskills female community leaders nationwide. Since its inception in 2001, the CSI initiative has appointed 58 Mama Afrikas and has since seen the project host 440 training sessions with over 2313 beneficiaries over the years. Teaching and guiding strong females (lovingly called ‘Mamas’ due to their standing in their neighbourhoods) in communities all over the country, in order to build their skills and sustain and improve their own community projects. Only the most committed are enrolled and these include women looking after orphans, the elderly and those suffering from HIV/Aids.