We are committed to building a sustainable future and improving the lives of our customers and our people, as well as contributing to the growth and prosperity of our communities and the environments in which we operate in.
Alongside a range of global initiatives, including working closely with the Welsh Refugee Council in Wales, and the Swaed Association in Saudi Arabia assisting students with physical disabilities achieve their study ambitions, our Global Leadership team directly engage in a number of fundraising activities including Melbourne’s annual “Sleep at the G” (pictured below). In 2018 this event assisted Melbourne City Mission in funding Australia’s first ever 24/7 youth crisis accommodation centre, offering emergency accommodation, housing, health, education and employment support.
Set up in 2004, The Hotcourses Foundation partners with Nyumbani UK to help children in Kenya get an education. Nyumbani takes in orphaned children affected with the HIV virus that are unable to go to school and also provides them with lifelong care.
IDP Connect decided to invest in setting up a primary school to provide much-needed education for these children, in what has become the Nyumbani village. 5% of company profits go into the Hotcourses Foundation, and IDP Connect employees regularly raise money for it too.
The foundation’s main aim is to break the cycle of poverty through education. They do this in three ways:
The Hotcourses Primary School is one of the top schools in its district and educates orphans whose parents have died from AIDS. The foundation has also helped to build the Geoffrey and Carol Lawson High School for children to move onto as they progress with their education.
This is a support program for HIV+ children so they can remain with their families and in their community. The Hotcourses Foundation helps to pay for over 3,500 HIV+ children in Nairobi slums with things like uniforms, books and school fees.
For the Nairobi Children’s Home which looks after around 100 orphans with HIV.
Over the last 10 years IDP Connect has invested over £1 million into the Hotcourses Foundation. Today the Hotcourses Foundation provides first class education to over 1,000 children with teachers from Nairobi. As a result of the education in our schools and outreach programmes in Nairobi slums, we are seeing our first students get into polytechnics and universities in Kenya. These students, typically studying vocational subjects, are gaining employability skills which will enable them to break free of the poverty trap.