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!”
Serving the Community: An Interview with Joyce Nakadama
How did you get involved with the Bata Children’s Program?
As a mother of three boys, I have compassion for children, and I am actively involved in children’s welfare and social activities in my neighborhood. Upon hearing of the BCP in 2010, it was my natural instinct to sign up as a volunteer.
What do you enjoy about being a BCP coordinator?
The privilege of stepping out to identify projects has exposed me to the reality of challenging situations in our community and created in me a greater passion for children than before.
It is very fulfilling for me to see that I can drive a team that, through service, puts smiles on the faces of children in need.
How has BCP Uganda developed?
BCP Uganda started about seven years ago with just a few volunteers, probably because the concept was new to many. Today, we have 30 volunteers and have supported children’s homes, communities with flea infestations, and sick children in hospitals.
One of our first and ongoing projects has been supporting the Sanyu Babies’ Home, and just recently, on Dec. 1, we partnered with the South Africa High Commission to volunteer at the Kiteezi Primary School.
Which BCP initiatives are most important to you personally?
I consider the most important BCP initiatives to be those that take care of vulnerable and abandoned children. An example is “Their Rights Action for Children,” a small children’s home run by a social worker. BCP Uganda volunteers have on many occasions made personal contributions of food and clothing as well as spent time with the children there.
What is your process for choosing projects?
We identify areas that need to be addressed and where we are welcome to participate in environmental and social activities that benefit the youngest generation.
When volunteers identify potential projects, we make visits to consider factors like viability and legality, and we take care not to overlap with services provided for by the government or other donors.
What is a long-term goal you have for BCP Uganda?
To develop and complete one big project such as a Bata Children’s School in Uganda.
What are the best ways to encourage Bata Uganda employees’ interest in BCP?
Creating awareness is a perfect tool for motivation. We can encourage their interest by holding regular informative, consultative meetings and letting all staff introduce potential beneficiaries. Scheduling BCP activities so as not to conflict with work and family commitments is also important.
BCP Pakistan Helps Vulnerable Children Learn the Value of Education
A group of five BCP volunteers visited Akhtar Mubarak Referral Centre School, where free education facilities are provided to underprivileged children, especially to those whose parents lack education and believe that their children should work in shops or restaurants rather than attending school.
Volunteers joined the children in their classes, and took part in a number of activities with them, including reading story books and solving puzzles. They also told them stories of great leaders, motivating them to continue their education in order to become successful, and gave them books and other gifts to further encourage them. The children were extremely grateful, and pledged to continue their education at all costs.
Hina, one of the teachers at the school, commented: “We keep on convincing the parents to send their children to school and not to discontinue their educational process. I am sure that efforts of BCP volunteers will greatly help in making up their minds.”
BCP Sri Lanka Rewards Children for Academic Success
Clive Rodrigo, finance director of Bata Sri Lanka, was the guest of honor at the Scholarship Awards presentation ceremony, which was held at Bata Sri Lanka head office and was also attended by the parents of the children who had been awarded for their academic successes.
This year saw awards given in two categories: one for the children who had been granted entrance to government universities, and another for those who had passed the Grade 05 scholarship examination.
In total there were four scholarship winners, two from each category. The winners of the Grade 5 scholarship awards were Thamira Ththsara and Siluni Nimasha, and each received a cash prize of 7,500 Sri Lankan rupees and a pair of shoes. The winning university entrance students, Nadeesha Madushani and Hansini Piyamika were awarded 12,500 Sri Lankan rupees and a pair of shoes.
HR manager Chamila De Silva, in her speech at the awards ceremony, commented: “These yearly scholarship awards are distinct encouragement for the children of our employees to excel in their studies and be rewarded in the coming years.”