Validus is pleased to announce its support for the Obejane Abamnyama Project, based in Soweto, Johannesburg. Obejane Abamnyama is a registered charitable organisation that provides a safe environment in which children from the local community are able to benefit from the use of educational and sporting facilities.
The project was founded by Mr William Ngema and Mr Vincent Maisela in 2014 with the aim of providing its young participants a series of challenges designed to help them realise their full potential, both in terms of educational and sporting achievements. The project sees the development of life skills and teamwork as essential components in expanding the horizons of those children who are not only born and raised in Soweto, but who will also hopefully develop the skills required to become the community leaders of the future.
Mr Ngema, project CEO says; “Our programmes are designed to take young participants out of their comfort zones and place them in an environment where they must learn to work together and contribute to succeed. Having the knowledge, confidence and basic life skills that help them resist negative social influences, particularly in relation to substance abuse is crucial in their formative development pathway. We believe that by participating in competitive sport our children will see the value of adopting a healthy lifestyle and that there are a range of more positive options available to them than drug abuse”.
Vincent Maisela, who fulfils the role project chairman said; “We are really grateful for the valuable contribution Validus has made to our project. Mike and his team have bought in to what we are trying to achieve here and by supplying the project with twenty mountain bikes they will enable these children to develop their appetite for competitive sport, team work and self-confidence.
Mike Srokowski, CEO of Validus-IVC said; “We are genuinely pleased to be involved in this very worthwhile project, which William and Vincent have worked incredibly hard for no personal financial gain to establish. Their commitment to building this project for the benefit of the wider community is commendable and we see it as an absolute privilege to be involved. We would certainly encourage other organisations to become involved and help these children to follow a pathway of sporting and educational success”.