Stanbic Bank Botswana has donated P100 000 to St Peter’s Day Care Centre in Mogoditshane. The donation, an initiative driven by the Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking division, goes towards improving the quality of care and early childhood education of orphans and vulnerable 120 children enrolled at St Peter’s.
Stanbic Bank’s Corporate Banking will adopt the Bank’s Mogoditshane Branch to work with as part of this initiative.
Speaking at the donation handover at St Peter’s, Stanbic Bank Head of Corporate Banking, Shepherd Aisam, testified to the Bank’s commitment to empowering the children and family education and welfare.
“We have twenty staff members in our team who are willing to get more involvement with this initiative. As such, we as Corporate Banking and Mogoditshane Branch have pledged to be hands on at the school, and make quarterly visits to the Day Care Centre. Stanbic Bank’s very own community objectives are very much in line with those of Vision 2016: to cultivate an educated and informed nation. Financial literacy is our major focus under our community social investment policy and, therefore, we want to assist our Government in child education from a very young age. This donation is, therefore, vital to the wellbeing of these children as they mature in time,” said Aisam.
St Peter’s Day Care Centre was established in 2003, initially opening its doors to only 7 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The Centre falls under The Diocese of Botswana (Anglican Province of Central Africa) under the leadership of Father Andrew. The Centre aims to promote an environment in which orphans and other vulnerable children are cared for, given age appropriate education, supported and protected. Today, St Peter’s has enrolled approximately 120 children. 80 of these children are between two and a half and six years old, with an additional thirty two after school care children who come for lunch, homework supervision and afternoon activities. This includes children battling HIV and under treatment.
“We are humbled by Stanbic Bank’s support and confidence in our work. This donation will help us take another step towards ensuring that no child in this country feels vulnerable, powerless or defenceless. The Centre has been operational for the last ten years and is run solely on donations and relies on the generosities of others in order to operate. For coming on board in this way, we are incredibly grateful to Stanbic Bank,” said Father Andrew.
“This donation is in line with the Bank’s own community objectives and those of Vision 2016; to cultivate an educated and informed nation. Stanbic Bank aims to assist Government in child education and indeed, in financial literacy. It is our hope that this donation will go a long way towards ensuring that our children feel nurtured, empowered and protected. Stanbic Bank’s resolute commitment to local communities and educational endeavours is evidenced through numerous educational and youth driven projects and we hope to continue in moving our community forward in this way.” concluded Aisam.