Business Connexion enhances community development in Clarens
Business Connexion, in partnership with Clarens Combined Churches in Action (CCIA), have come together to provide community development initiatives for the community of Kgubetswana in Clarens by supporting the Bana ba Hlokang (children in need) Community Centre.
Since 2009, Business Connexion has been making an annual monetary donation, which has contributed to the running of Bana ba Hlokang Centre, an initiative of a network of churches in Clarens called Combined Churches in Action.
The non-profit organisation works to improve the lives of the community of Clarens through programmes such as youth development, HIV/Aids education and programmes for the physically disabled. Through this donation, the centre is able to offer children computer classes, sports, after-school lessons, play therapy counselling, and helps feed over 200 children a week. The donation also contributes to supporting the arts centre, which is aimed at bringing an education of the arts to the community, which includes programmes such as ballet, art and music. CCIA is also one of the nine development organisations that was chosen to be part of the shareholding structure of BCX.
"We are excited to be part of this programme that helps change the lives of the community of Kgubetswana. At Business Connexion, we aim to ensure we live the values of our business as well as our mission theme of enriching the communities we operate in. We are immensely humbled to be able to touch communities in ways that enhance their lives," says Arnold Beyleveld, Group Manager: Marketing Operations and Corporate Social Responsibility at Business Connexion.
Over and above the donation, BCX is involved in taking one child to school, by paying his annual school fees. "Through CCIA, we were able to identify one Grade 2 child which we are helping by sponsoring his annual schools fees. And the plan is to support him as long as he and his family are in need of support for academic growth. Since the time we have been supporting him, he has grown to have a keen interest in the use of computers, which they have access to in their classroom. We are hoping this will have a positive influence on his life to ensure he is afforded the opportunity to learn, grow and develop into an economically active member of society," concludes Beyleveld.