Ricoh SA and Workflow are helping House Gracia care for abused children
Ricoh SA is sponsoring House Gracia, a child and youth centre in Pretoria that provides for all the needs of more than 70 children, many of whom have survived physical and sexual abuse.
House Gracia creates a safe haven for the mistreated, underprivileged and abandoned children.
“There are 72 children in their care right now,” says Jolene Castelyn, head of Marketing at Ricoh SA. “The work that Garth and the people of House Garcia do is so important in the community but also so important to each and every child they look after. It gives them hope at an opportunity to make a better future for themselves.”
Ricoh is providing refurbished multifunction printers (MFP) on a service contract with used laptops for the administration staff and the children. Workflow, a Ricoh SA business partner, is providing Internet connectivity.
These tools help the staff to run the facility but, more importantly, they help the children to learn to function in an increasingly digitalised world and one that many more fortunate people take for granted.
“Ricoh and Workflow’s support is helping us to provide a home and family environment for these children as best we can,” says Garth Kruger, director House Gracia. “It gives them a chance at a better future that they otherwise wouldn’t have.”
House Gracia has a catalogue of consumables requirements every month that range from sugar, rice and maize flour to face wash, washing powder, sanitary pads, soap bars and baby oil, besides ongoing food and other needs.