As the world continues to battle against the coronavirus pandemic, Air Products South Africa has reallocated its corporate social investment (CSI) funding for coronavirus-related projects.
According to Arthi Govender, Chairperson of Air Products’ CSI Committee, the company has already made financial donations to organisations such as Nazareth Care House, Community Chest in KZN and the Western Cap, Hospice in Rustenburg, Empilweni Drop in Centre and Cotlands in the wake of pandemic.
“The funds of most of these organisations are already thinly spread, and the added costs of acquiring PPE, sanitisers and other protective goods are really leaving most in a dire situation – we are pleased that we have made these much needed donations early in the year to assist with preventing the spread of coronavirus,” Govender said.
In one of its most recent projects, Air Products built hand washing stations at primary and secondary schools in South Africa.
Commenting on the project, Govender, said, “The CSI Committee approved funds to install hand wash stations as we realised that we could play a role to prevent the spread of coronavirus at these schools by providing proper facilities.”
“The stations consist of concrete basins and taps within refillable wall mounted soap dispensers. We have completed seven bays at the Kwabhekilanga Secondary School in Alexandra, six at the Seotloana Primary School in Tembisa, seven at the Lebohang Secondary School in Vanderbijlpark and three bays at different schools in Rustenburg.”
“The project is sustainable and will benefit the learners and the school during the current crisis and for many years to follow as it ensures that water is easily accessible and encourages hydration and proper hygiene.”