Our partnership with NIVEA enabled us to provide ECD Programming for 19 children in 2016 and to expand the programme in 2017 to support a total of 60 children by building ECD classrooms at the NIVEA Thanda Centre. Additionally, NIVEA provides support for our ECD Feeding Scheme, which ensures that children enrolled in our ECD Programmes are properly nourished so that they can develop and grow.
With respect to our After-school Programmes (which support over 651 children in Grades R-8), NIVEA’s contributions have significantly improved our daily operations by assisting with transportation, telecommunications, educational supplies, and a portion of staff salaries.
"While previously, we have always made things work at Thanda, NIVEA’s support has given us the support and flexibility to work to our full potential to provide the best programmes possible for children, as well as expand our programmes to support more children from the community."
- Raah Msimango, Thanda Operations Manager
NIVEA’s support has also ensured that our Feeding Centre is fully operational – allowing us to serve over 73,000 meals for children and youth in 2016 – and that the NIVEA Thanda Centre can remain open seven days every week.
The NIVEA Thanda Centre is especially important, as it ensures that children and youth in our community always have a place to go where they are safe and supported. In 2016, 4,238 children visited the NIVEA Thanda Centre on holidays and weekends to learn and play. Undoubtedly, our recently expanded skatepark was a leading factor in the high number of visits to the centre last year.