“The rate of return for investment in quality early education for disadvantaged children is 7-10% per annum through better outcomes in education, health, sociability, economic productivity and reduced crime.” James Heckman
Thank you to Unilever for nominating the Philile Foundation to participate in a Thobelo FM radio competition. We were thrilled to receive a call from Thobelo FM last Friday morning informing us that we had won 2 x JoJo tanks as well as installation of gutters to channel rain-water into the JoJo tanks.
Feeding 200 children a day requires us to grow our own vegetables and these JoJo tanks will go a long way in helping us to water our vegetables and fruit trees. Drought conditions continue to ravage central South Africa. Head of the South African National Disaster Management Centre, Ken Terry, has warned that water will remain scarce in South Africa even if good rains fall this summer.
In 2011, 28.9% of young children lived in households that ran out of money to buy food, 24% lived in households which skipped meals because of insufficient food and 28% ate a small variety of food because there was not enough food in the house. At the Philile Foundation we believe that feeding our children two hot meals a day is essential in supporting their development and learning in the classroom. Our new JoJo tanks will play a part in helping us to keep producing fresh vegetables and fruit at our pre-school in Diepsloot.
Thobelo FM is a proud-modern-home of N. Sotho speaking and understanding people, representing cultural diversity by preserving rich heritage through information, education and entertainment for current and future generations.
Thobela FM covers Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West.
Unilever has a vision is to create a brighter future for all South Africans, where people can improve their quality of life without increasing their environmental footprint. Unilever launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) in 2010, with a local chapter for South Africa. Globally, the company has set three big goals to achieve by 2020:
- Halve the environmental footprint of products
- Help more than 1 billion people take action to improve their health and well-being
- Source 100% of agricultural raw materials sustainably