Picture caption: Thilo Sidambaram, Aroona Chetty and Preya Gounden during a visit to Phoenix Child Welfare.

Brick manufacturer, Corobrik, is supporting Phoenix Child Welfare as well as other local projects under the Ubuntu Community Chest umbrella in an attempt to give back to the community in which it not only has its headquarters but which many of its employees call home.

According to marketing support manager, Thilo Sidambaram, Phoenix Child Welfare has an important mantra – “together we can uplift the community” – which is shared by Corobrik.

It is not only this ‘local’ rationale that motivated Corobrik to select Phoenix Child Welfare as a recipient but also the excellent work that Phoenix Child Welfare does as was experienced first-hand during a recent visit by Corobrik employees.

During the visit, director Aroona Chetty explained that: “While we are only a small team that includes 12 social workers, our work is on a large scale.”

They estimate that their work impacts around 1000 children in the community.

The projects carried out by Phoenix Child Welfare in Mount Royal, Mount Moriah and Phoenix include a child leadership and mentoring programme, a skills development project and a home for abused women and children.

Addressing the problem of abuse is central to their work and their commitment to protecting children and preserving families is a major focus.

Chetty, who has worked for Phoenix Child Welfare for 32 years, explains: “When a child is abused, it is something that is never forgotten. To help a child recover and preserve their future is our main aim. Healing children is my mission!”

For over 20 years, Corobrik has partnered with the Community Chest. The Community Chest helps corporates like Corobrik to manage their charitable giving, ensuring that their donations go to deserving causes and that their gifts are distributed and utilised in a way that is impactful. Organisations chosen have to be accountable for the funding received.

Phoenix Child Welfare is just one of over seventy charities that Community Chest supports through donations. Because of  this, a number of organisations under the umbrella of Community Chest will benefit from Corobrik’s donation alongside Phoenix Child Welfare.

“We are grateful for the long standing and generous support of Corobrik over 20 years. It’s encouraging when corporate donors show a willingness to become involved and directly impact community beneficiaries. We hope to continue this partnership of giving and sharing into the future,” says Preya Gounden, corporate fundraiser at Community Chest.