CAPE TOWN (16 March 2017) – At a special Human Rights Day assembly held at The Ottery Youth Care Centre the EMS Foundation donated R250,000 to support the care and education of the Centre’s 70 boys.
The donation will allow the Ottery Youth Care Centre to continue its work in providing discipline, supervision and a caring environment to 70 boys from the most dysfunctional and chaotic environments in the Western Cape, where gangsterism, drug and alcohol misuse, physical and emotional abuse and offending is common place.
With a focus on education the Centre is working to reintegrate the children back into society as productive members of their community. Rebuilding self-esteem and providing skills training that prevents the children from re-offending and gives them the tools needed to find a job.
“What we want most is to give our kids here the spirit of resilience, so that when life throws its challenges at them they can bounce back on the right path.’ said Moosa Mahadick, Principal of Ottery Youth Care Centre.
‘We were amazed when we got the phone call from the EMS Foundation to say that their fundraising efforts had paid off in a big way. It is a huge financial boost as well as a massive affirmation for the kind of work that we’re doing.”
The EMS is a South African based philanthropic Foundation with the purpose of achieving lasting solutions, alleviating and ending suffering, raising public awareness and providing dignity through supporting and sustaining humane solutions, interventions and research for the protection of children, the Aged and wildlife.
The EMS Foundation was started by brothers Louis and TJ Steyn, both successful South African entrepreneurs, in honour of their mother Elizabeth Margaret Steyn who, through her love for South Africa, taught them the importance of giving back and making the world a kinder more compassionate place.
‘We are proud to support an organisation making an enormous difference in the lives of so many.’ said Louis Steyn, co-founder of the EMS Foundation. ‘By putting education at the heart of helping these boys turn their lives around the Ottery Youth Care Centre not only benefits the boys, their families and their communities but South Africans as a whole, preventing more crime, making our streets and communities safer and delivering savings to the public purse.’
The Ottery Youth Care Centre board of governors will be looking at how best to allocate the money to benefit the key areas the Centre is focused on.
‘EMS has been wonderful in opening up so many more opportunities for the centre and we salute the Foundation and their people that have supported us passionately.’ said Principal Mahadick. ‘We have to make the best of the time that the kids are in our care and it’s through partnerships like the one we have with the EMS Foundation, who want to make a difference in the lives of others, that we are able to do this.’
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