A TOTAL of R40 000 worth of educational toys and other basic necessities were donated to children of Under the Tree Early Childhood Development Care Centre in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, by the employees of BAIC South Africa and BAIC International on December 1, 2018.
The employees of BAIC SA are determined to make a difference in the area, including the Coega-based BAIC plant, which was officially launched in July last year, and ensured that the donation would go towards needy children of the Motherwell area as a start.
In future, they want to expand to other parts of the city and eventually the country at large.
At the handover event the BAIC SA employees spent a fun day at the centre with the children.
The CEO of BAIC SA, Nemo Tian, said, “BAIC SA is passionate about developing the communities all around South Africa, touching the lives of the people of the Mandela Metro. Such initiatives are important to us. We are delighted to have spent this fun day with the children of Under the Tree and put smiles on their faces.”
Under the Tree was founded in 2014 by Tia Wessels who is a social worker by profession. It is an organisation that provides preschool children with access to a range of safe, accessible high quality comprehensive early childhood development services.
Their mission is to bring positive change to the lives of the preschool children and their families in informal settlements around Port Elizabeth area, with a strong focus on Motherwell.
Under the Tree ECD principal, Nombulelo Plaaitjie, said, “I feel overwhelmed and ecstatic about the donation, which has assisted more than 60 children.
“We received kiddies’ scooters, books, nappies and other essentials that will make a huge difference in the lives of the children and their families.”
The BAIC Group is devoted to transforming communities with a core focus of impacting on the lives of children internationally.
In Mexico, BAIC employees support and recently donated essentials to the victims of the September 19, Puebla Earthquake and donated school bags to poor children.
In Iran they support initiatives, which aid homeless women and children and provide tuition fees to poor learners in Yunnan, China.