The Woolworths Trust is committed to playing a role in the national effort to support orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa. We believe in strengthening families, communities and school communities so that they are better able to care for them.
The Woolworths Trust partners with Heartbeat to promote and enable community care for orphaned and vulnerable children. 3 000 orphaned and vulnerable children are able to stay in their own communities as a result of Heartbeat.
During 2010 we continued our support to the Emthonjeni area in Mpumalanga and entered the second year of a project in the Jozini area of KwaZulu-Natal. The project will provide 12 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with the opportunity to participate in a training and mentoring programme with Heartbeat over a 24-month period. The objective is to enable these NGOs to provide the necessary support to the orphaned and vulnerable children in this particularly needy area. It will extend the reach of Heartbeat to a further 2 000 children in this area.