By Yolanda Muchemwa
Boston Media House Arcadia students recently did a special charity handover to the Pretoria-based non-profit community organisation P.E.N (Participate. Envision. Navigate). The handover was done at the Arcadia campus as part of a Public-Relations school project. The two students initially started the campaign as a school project, but both became increasingly invested in the cause.
Several obstacles had to be overcome in order for the event to take place. Nzuke notes in her speech that they were challenged with both funds and locating a Charity firm (stakeholder). To increase donations, Nzuke and Manana spread the word throughout campus, and students gave donations of books, canned foods, pens, pads, and other items. After putting forth a lot of effort, the two students finally made it and discovered a charity organization named P.E.N.
As per their website, P.E.N. assists “individuals to escape the grips of multi-generational poverty caused by injustice.”
“This is a charity handover, it happens when you work with a Charity Organisation and you ask them how you can assist them, so the Charity Organisation we chose is P.E.N”, Nzuke explains.
When accepting the donation, P.E.N representative, Zakhele Mazibuko explained that the organization is trying to reduce poverty through assisting disadvantaged children, youths, and adults. “Financial Literacy Classes is one of the programs offered by the organisation’s respected branches,” he added.
Kelebohile Deema, another P.E.N representative, provided an overview of what P.E.N concentrates on and the kind of programmes they offer.
According to Kelebohile Deema ,the organization is Christian based and is located in Sunnyside, Pretoria. “We are working with different children from all over the country. We work with school children, when they are back from school, they come to us, and then we assist them with homework. We also have Pendula, where we do Financial Skills and creative arts”.
The P.E.N. organisation works relentlessly to better the lives of these youngsters. Nzuke and Manana’s generosity and hard effort led to the success of the campaign, which had several goals including raising awareness of the P.E.N organization and to obtain more donors to aid all the underprivileged children and youths, as well as to have a positive impact.
For more information on the P.E.N organization or to donate, go to www.pen.co.za.