Art for Africa
For this end of year 2013 Sarens supports
Art for Africa, an organisation striving to give more chances to
African children. Their motto: every child, anywhere in the world,
has the right to have a future and a worthy life. Africa is a
continent that struggles with poverty, a dramatically low life
expectancy, poor literacy and AIDS. However, if the
children could receive more chances, they could bring
During recent years Art for Africa set up various projects in Senegal, Gambia and Kenia, ranging from maintaining a hospital or supporting a school to the construction of an orphanage. All are local actions benefitting the local children. More information about their projects can be found at: http://www.artforafrica.be/
Cunina educational projects
Sarens continues their tradition to donate the budget meant for Christmas presents for business relations to a charity project benefitting children. This year Sarens chose to support Cunina, a Flemish development organization which completely concentrates on increasing access to and the quality of primary and secondary school in the South, independent of any political, religious or social beliefs.
Poverty and exclusion are a fact of life for the majority of the South African population. Access to a good quality of education is not always possible for children in poor rural areas. Teachers are poorly qualified and many die of AIDS every year. Increasing numbers of children lose both parents to AIDS and are forced to fend for themselves. Education is not a priority in their battle for survival.
Therefore Sarens chose to sponsor in particular the educational projects in South Africa: the Reichenau Missie school and the Muntuyedwa School Iziphezi. More information about these projects can be found here: Cunina website.
Sarens Australia helps the Movember Foundation to support equally the two biggest health issues men face - prostate cancer and male mental health. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men's health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue: the national depression initiative. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs. For more information: http://au.movember.com
Run for LCH
Sarens sponsors 'Run for LCH', a running event in Kapelle op den Bos (Belgium) to raise money for scientific research on LCH. LCH (Lagerhans' Cell Histiocytosis) is a very rare disease that occurs when there are too many of the white cells known as histiocytes. Problems arise when the histiocytes gather together, travel through the blood stream and attack parts of the body. As the cause of this disease is still unknown, research is necessary and crucial.
VIA Don Bosco
It is a tradition at Sarens NV to donate the budget that would
normally be used for Christmas - New Year presents to a carefully
chosen charity benefiting children.
This year we are supporting a project of VIA Don Bosco (former Dmos Comide), a Belgian nonprofit organisation dedicated to improve the living conditions of children in three important regions of the South (Africa, South America and India).
In this particular case Sarens supports the "Learn to Live Educational Program - Cape town, South Africa". There is a growing number of orphans and children whose parents are either infected by HIV, have AIDS or TB or have drugs or alcohol problems. In order to meet their basic needs and those of their siblings, they beg and steal on the streets. A lot of these children become marginalised, join gangs for protection and eventually never return home. The "Learn to Live Educational Program" was developed to meet the special education needs of these children in Cape Town. It provides literacy and numeric instructions, education in life skills and participation in socio-cultural activities.
Sarens NV supports this project through CFP, a unique network of companies and NGO's for development aid. More info: http://www.cfp.be/
More information on the project can be found on following website : www.salesians.org.za/Institute.html#learntolive
We trust that we can count on your approval and wish to thank you and your staff for your continued confidence and support in Sarens and we hope to continue our good co-operation in 2012.