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The partnership will see the two Foundations come together to focus on areas in line with the Cotton On Foundation’s pillars of education, health, sustainability and infrastructure. These areas of focus will include four key programs that will support five schools with libraries, a food security program and toilet infrastructure, as well as a separate education-based initiative supporting women’s health in rural communities.
“We are honoured at the Nelson Mandela Foundation to be working with such a dynamic, unique and inspiring organisation that shares our same values and beliefs. Together we will have a huge impact and create positive change for the people of South Africa,” said Nelson Mandela Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sello Hatang.
The Cotton On Foundation will partner with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to deliver these programs through the sale of its products in Cotton On, Cotton On KIDS, Typo, Rubi Shoes and Cotton On Body stores across South Africa.
Established in 2007, the Cotton On Foundation believes education and opportunity hold the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and aims to build healthy and sustainable futures for communities in need, across the globe. Since arriving in Mannya six years ago the Foundation has: created over 3,000 educational places, built healthcare centers and delivered healthcare to over 70,000 people, created water harvesting and boreholes and created over 500 jobs, through its projects.
Through its partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Cotton On Foundation will support the following projects, which will be rolled out throughout South Africa:
The Mandela Day Libraries: will improve literacy nationwide and will be supported by the provision of educational books, librarian up-skilling and e-literacy through a further partnership with Vodacom and their “digital classroom” e-learning hubs
The Mandela Day Food Security Programme: will take place during the July and December school holidays in support of the Dept. of Education Daily Nutrition Programme, ensuring a continuation of learning and development of scholars.
Caring4Girls (Trek4MandelaDay) – Imbumba Foundation: is a menstrual hygiene programme for underprivileged girls in rural communities providing them with puberty and menstrual hygiene training and support.
Toilet Infrastructure through Amalooloo: is aimed at the reduction and ultimate elimination of pit toilet infrastructure in schools. The Cotton On Foundation will partner the rollout of such infrastructure in conjunction with the Depts. Of Education and Social Development.