Volkswagen Community Trust

VWSA pledges to support non-profit organizations in Gqeberha and Kariega

18 August 2022

Eight non-profit organizations (NPO's) in Nelson Mandela Bay will receive support from Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) to continue this critical work.

Through its Community Trust, VWSA has committed a total of R615 000 in support of these eight organizations over a period of 12 months. The Trust offers its support to selected NPO's on an annual basis, in order to bring hope to the most vulnerable residents and communities in Nelson Mandela Bay.

This year, the beneficiaries include:

  • Northwood Children's Hospice NPC - an organization based in Gqeberha that provides hospice care for children aged 0-15 years, and support to their families;
  • Hands Up Foundation - a public benefit organization working to source and provide resources and funding, for the purposes of poverty relief, economic empowerment, education and training in the community of Kleinskool in Gqeberha;
  • Sinako-We Can - this Kariega based organization provides relief efforts for victims of natural disasters such as fires or floods, in order to re-establish them in their homes if they've been displaced and rebuild where necessary;
  • The Gem Project - a child and youth centred development organization which aims to bring about meaningful, sustainable change for vulnerable children and at risk youth in Gqeberha and the wider Eastern Cape, through various academic support and training programmes;
  • Malabar Home for the Aged - this home provides care for 39 elderly and frail residents in the Malabar suburb of Gqeberha;
  • Cleary Estate Cheshire Home - an organization providing live in care and support to 43 severly disabled adults who are victims of car accidents, violence, strokes, cerebral palsy and other illnesses;
  • Lake Farm Centre - this centre cares for 90 intellectually disabled adults living on the premises;
  • Penuel Children's Foundation - this Gqeberha based organization provides a temporary place of safety for vulnerable children who are rescued from unsafe, poverty stricken environments until a loving family is found for each child 

"As a caring corporate citizen of Nelson Mandela Bay, we believe that we have an important role to play in uplifting the communities where our employees live," said Nonkqubela Maliza, Director of Corporate and Government Affairs at VWSA. "The organizations we support, perform critical work in helping the most vulnerable members of our communities. By partnering with them, we as VWSA are able to empower, uplift, care, support and ultimately make a meaningful impact where it is needed most."