South Africa will be the next beneficiary for a corporate social responsibility programme run annually by B2B payment solutions firm eNett.
The company has partnered with African development charity, Mellon Educate, to fundraise before some members of staff travel to Cape Town in November to take part in renovating a school in an underprivileged township.
The South African initiative follows eNett’s work last year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where the company worked with a local children’s charity to educate two young adults who wanted to pursue a career in travel.
Eight members of the team also helped support other projects, including building a new water supply, refurbishing a local sewing factory and building a playground.
Company managing director and chief executive, Anthony Hynes, said: “In Cambodia last year we saw first hand the big difference programmes like ours can make to lives of people in underprivileged communities.
“Through bake sales, raffles and other fundraising activities we were able to help break the cycle of poverty for families, and benefit whole communities.
“Following suggestions from the eNett team globally, South Africa was selected as our initiative for 2017. We have great links there through our customers, and as growing tourist destination we want to give poorer communities the chance to benefit from the travel industry.”
Mellon Educate founder, Niall Mellon, added: “Last year we had 275 volunteers join us to build 13 new classrooms as well as upgrade other important facilities at two primary schools in one of South Africa’s most deprived areas.
“This incredible achievement benefits not only the 2,700 pupils currently at the school but also many future generations of schoolchildren. It also boosts the local community who are so grateful for the work that we do.
“This November we’re really looking forward to welcoming the eNett team to Cape Town to help us continue our mission to deliver an improved and sustainable education to 100,000 impoverished African children.”