Makro is keenly aware of the serious challenges facing our country and as a business we recognize the responsibility we have to contribute generously to the upliftment and care of the broader South African society. Makro believes that education in early childhood plays a central role in creating a better future that will not only benefit children but also South Africa as a whole. To this end we have adopted a strict policy to focus our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) funds specifically on education enabling initiatives that deal with early childhood development, early childhood sport development and school nutrition. Below are the CSI organisations Makro is proud to partner with:
Hope Worldwide’s SUCCEED program is a Makro flagship project, launched in mid-2012 in partnership with Makro, which supports Early Childhood Development Centres and the Caregivers that that work within them. The SUCCEED program (which stands for Supporting Centres and Caregivers in Early Childhood Development) seeks to help these caregivers and centres meet the requirements for registration with Department of Social Developments. Once registered centres are able to access much needed funding to enable them to fully serve their function to help South African children reach their full potential.
Makro supports the Kommunity Desk Project, an organisation which directly addresses a range of critical challenges in basic education such as the lack of basic equipment like school desks. The project seeks to alleviate the challenges which are experienced by underprivileged learners and associated communities.
Makro partners with the Izzi Trust to provide a holiday feeding scheme to thousands of learners in Olifantsfontein, Olievenhoutbos and Pretoria East. Makro assists the Izzi Trust fill this dire gap by providing learners with a parcel of food to tide them over during the holidays. Makro also stocks recyclable Izzi Trust shopping bags in store. The proceeds from the sale of these bags goes towards the trusts feeding scheme and bursaries.
Makro assists the ACFS in their endeavour to provide meals to child headed and needy families. The African Children’s Feeding Scheme was started in 1945 in Sophiatown and works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those hardest hit – in particular orphans and vulnerable children in child-headed households or children in the care of elderly grandmothers.
Makro works with The Tomorrow Trust on the Saturday and holiday school programme which helps children improve their academic performance. Makro supports the Junior and Senior Saturday and Holiday School Programme that provides integrated education and holistic support to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Makro continues to provide support to the Tomorrow Trust to provide academic and integrated support to 75 children.
The Wildlands Conservation Trust focuses on ecosystem services areas such as forests and land conservation. Makro supports the Trusts’ Clothes for Life initiative which uses the collection and bartering of clothes as way to uplift schools and also plant more trees for the benefit of the environment. Some of these clothes are also donated to charities who need them.
Makro CSI is focused on education, early childhood development and school nutrition