Christmas Celebration across BCP India-Adopted Schools
A total of 30 volunteers celebrated with around 1,800 children from the BCP-adopted schools in Batanagar, Bataganj and Gurgaon. All of the youngsters were tremendously excited by the festivities, and waited eagerly to meet the BCP volunteers as they arrived, bringing season’s greetings and gifts. Some of the volunteers even dressed as Santa Claus, to the delight of all of the youngsters present.
In recognition of the events, the children put on cultural performances and decorated their schools with paper Santa hats, trees and Christmas stockings to mark the special festive occasion. Volunteers also sang Christmas carols with the children, and handed out delicious snacks and gifts to help make their Christmas celebrations even more memorable.
One of the volunteers, Ms. Jugnu, from the BEPC team, was overwhelmed to spend the day with the children, commenting: “Christmas is a time to give and forgive. It is celebrated everywhere as a joyous family affair, and we too celebrated Christmas at school with these children. Everyone was very happy and enjoyed the activities to the fullest. This was definitely the best way for us to celebrate Christmas.”
BCP Zambia Helps in Fight against Cholera Outbreak
According to government figures, 84 people have so far died, and thousands more are being treated in special centers that have been set up to try to contain the epidemic. The most significant part of the fight against Cholera is to improve hygiene in the city, and a major cleaning exercise is ongoing in an attempt to stop the spread. The people doing this cleaning need protective equipment, and the 5,000 pairs of gumboots donated by BCP Zambia were greatly appreciated.
The Cholera Committee, based in the Vice President’s office, is led by the Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya, and comprises five ministers who are supervising the fight against cholera. BCP Zambia was invited to attend a special event in order to deliver the gumboots, and all the ministers present were very touched by the donation.
BCP Zambia was joined by others on the day, all of whom were donating items to assist the committee by providing the resources needed in the fight against Cholera.
Prosper Bachi, country manager of Bata Zambia, commented: “This was a proud moment for all the employees of Bata, as we felt so appreciated. This was a very worthwhile donation, and would like to thank our partners BCP for coming on board to assist us by chipping in to help in this donation.”
BCP Bangladesh Celebrates Victory Day with Little Citizens
The event also welcomed 50 students from the BCP-adopted Mojar School and volunteers from BCP Bangladesh, who all came together to celebrate the day, creating an atmosphere full of joy and enthusiasm.
More than 20 BCP volunteers helped with the organization and preparation of the event, and the Bata field was beautifully decorated with tricolor balloons and national flags. A variety of games, such as ball throwing, a marble balance run and an art competition were arranged, and all the children took part with enthusiasm, winning prizes for their efforts.
The day also included a fun-filled cultural program, where the children sang and danced to songs remembering the events that led to the country’s independence. Bashona, a student of class 3, expressed her enjoyment of the event, stating: “We played with the mascots, had cotton candy and won prizes in the games. We are really happy today.”
Speaking during the event, country manager of Bata Bangladesh Chitpan Kanhasiri commented: “It is our pleasure to host such a program. The participation of the children and their enjoyment has made it even more sparkling and delightful. Bata Bangladesh will continue to support children to grow as responsible and sensible citizens.”
BCP Australia: 12,000 Children Now Have Shoes on Their Feet
With Socks & Shoes 4 Kids, BCP helps supply school shoes to local disadvantaged children across southeast Queensland.
BCP coordinator Yvonne Fragiacomo explained, “Bata first partnered with the foundation back in 2010. Since then we have provided approximately 12,000 pairs of Brighter joggers.”
With each pair of Brighter school joggers sold, the company donates 2 Australian dollars to Brighter Future 4 Kids; the total is now over $24,000.
It is estimated that more than 1 million Australian children, or one in six, live in poverty.
"Some families only have one pair of shoes for three children. If children lack decent footwear and clothing they don’t go to school or absenteeism goes up,” Pauline Preston, foundation CEO and founder, told the Sunshine Coast Daily.
“BCP will continue supporting this community program,” Fragiacomo pledged. “We are happy to be a huge part of it, knowing we are helping less fortunate children go to school with shoes on their feet.”
Bata Malaysia Helps Indigenous Children with School Studies
The event, known as “Kem Wira” or “Hero’s Camp” was held on Dec. 9, and included 11 volunteers from BCP Malaysia, who helped a total of 35 children at the Sungai Rasau community hall in Puchong.
In order to assist the children with their studies, BCP Malaysia provided school shoes, pencils, books, erasers and pencil sharpeners, to help with their preparation for the new school session next month. Along with the school shoes and the stationery, Bata Malaysia also donated English and Mathematics exercise books for the children in Years 1, 2 and 3.
In addition, volunteers donated healthy treats, including milk and chocolate milk drinks, and there was also the opportunity for a bit of celebration as they brought birthday cakes for the children born in December in order to mark their birthdays in style.
Ng Say Siong, BCP volunteer and Bata distribution center manager, commented: "I hope these kids will be successful one day, thanks to their receiving proper education that will help to lift the community out of poverty", adding that he hopes to see these activities continue in the future.
BCP Zimbabwe Celebrates Sarah Bata Junior School’s Excellence
The headmistress announced the graduating class’s exam pass rate of 94 percent, proof of the hard work put in by all.
The day’s theme was the new curriculum and the empowerment of learners.
Talented students performed plays, recited poems and gave speeches. The guest of honor from the Ministry of Education was mesmerized alongside parents by the Christmas pageant put on by children of the affiliated preschool.
Donated Bata shoes were presented as prizes to 48 high-performing students.
Recent involvement from BCP has included a donation of 22,000 books and equipment for a computer lab so students each have a computer during IT class.
Ehsan Zaman, country manager of Bata Zimbabwe, expressed pride at being part of the success of the Sarah Bata Schools and their graduates. He reaffirmed continued support from the company and BCP to ensure standards remain top-notch.
BCP Awarded for Children’s Projects in South Africa
The awards were founded by a female South African entrepreneur to acknowledge actors making impactful contributions to bolster a healthy, progressive society.
The ceremony was held on Nov. 2 at the Durban International Convention Centre.
BCP focuses on making a difference for disadvantaged children in four key areas: education, health and safety, mentoring, and a sustainable world.
BCP South Africa has, for example, partnered to build a new school for disabled children, adopted a preschool that BCP volunteers often visit, and offered work experiences to technical school students. For Mandela Day, it called on social media users to nominate worthy schools to receive Toughees school shoe donations.
Country manager John Harman expressed his appreciation for the honor. “At Bata South Africa we believe all children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our BCP objectives are geared to making a positive impact on children’s lives, as well as on the lives of those around them.”
BCP Singapore Does Santa Run for Young Patients
In its fourth edition, the run was organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the only foundation in Singapore that grants wishes to children between 3 and 18 with life-threatening medical conditions.
The BCP volunteers, including Pierluigi Pontecorvo, country manager of Bata Singapore, arrived bright and early at the Promontory at Marina Bay for the 7:30 am start of the 5-kilometer fun run.
Many runners dressed up as Christmas and movie characters, and after being cheered across the finish line, it was a day of festive fun and games for all.
BCP Singapore also supported the initiative with Bata vouchers, and all registration and donation proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening conditions.
“It was great to see all the Bata Singapore employees early on a Saturday morning supporting this run for a good cause,” Pontecorvo commented. “I hope that our Bata Children’s Program will again be part of the run next year!”