The Bata Children’s Program activities are divided into four focal points which have been identified as key areas of development for children in which the Bata Children’s Program can make a difference.
Education is the basis on which development is founded. Bata Children’s Program strives to improve access to basic education through activities ranging from school shoe donations, so students can meet uniform requirements, to volunteers refurbishing school buildings to ensure a safe and secure learning environment.
Health & Safety
Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot, at risk of injury and soil-transmitted diseases and parasites. Donating shoes is more than just an act of charity, but can also be life-saving in developing countries.
Our volunteers regularly take part in community based polio vaccination and malaria prevention campaigns, and encourage children to maintain good health through the organization of sports days and the distribution of sports shoes to underprivileged schools.
A Sustainable World
Our volunteers have helped introduce underprivileged urban children to the wonders of nature, and instilled in them a respect for sustainable resource management through a range of activities, including organic gardens, recycling campaigns, tree planting and environmental awareness programs. BATA volunteers also support children in their own communities when faced with natural disasters.
Bata Children’s Program enables vulnerable young people to develop key job skills through work placements (currently in Chile and Bangladesh). Other initiatives include volunteers spending time with orphaned children as ‘godparents’, acting as role models and providing support and mentorship for the young adults. By sharing their business skills, they are able to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship in the youth of these communities.