Besides the Vodacom Foundations very important work in stock visibility, we are also involved in various projects that we fund on our multi-year basis. However, our intention is not to simply offer money, but also bring our expertise to these projects, so that the funding is used to maximum benefit. To that end our strategy includes:
SANCB’s Eye Care Programme is facilitated through the Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness, which was established in 1944. The Bureau identifies people who are threatened by blindness, diagnoses their condition, and then prescribes or provides treatment. The Vodacom Foundation bought a mobile unit for the SANCB so that this important service could be taken to remote areas.
The Smile Foundation is an organisation with a holistic health care vision for children with facial conditions. The Smile Foundation, together with the country's academic hospitals, work together to put the smile back onto our children's faces, offering free corrective facial reconstructive surgery and treatments. ‘Smile’ helps children in need of surgery for treatable facial anomalies: cleft lip, cleft palate, nose and ear conditions, facial paralysis, burns and other facial conditions.
The African Children's feeding Scheme (ACFS) has been in operation for over 60 years. Currently ACFS feeds more than 3,900 children daily in Johannesburg areas. Categories of children assisted: malnourished; orphans; HIV/AIDS infected and affected children, and children from poverty stricken families. The Vodacom Foundation's funding ensures that around 600 children are provided with a daily meal: peanut butter sandwich, milk, cheese and seasonal fruit.