For the second time in six months, the Tiens group has made a substantial donation of health products and supplements to the Ikageng Itireleng Aids Ministry.
ORPHANED and vulnerable children at the Ikageng Itireleng Aids Ministry in Soweto have received a bumper crop of health products and supplements from the Chinese multinational company, Tiens.
TiensTiens president Kevin Hou is welcomed by Ikageng childrenThe children welcomed Kevin Hou, the president of the company’s Africa region and general manager of the southern Africa sub-region, with a bouquet of roses accompanied by warm smiles and hugs on 17 May.
This is the third year that Tiens is making a donation to Ikageng, with the last one happening just six months ago. Its donation of R300 000 worth of health products came just before 18 May, which has been appointed the company’s international charity day.
These products will help to improve immunity and make the children healthier, according to Hou. The donation includes supplements such as multi-flavoured calcium tablets, which have been designed specifically for children’s tastes, and leg massagers to aid circulation.
“It makes us feel happy and relieved to see the children growing healthier year by year because of our products,” Hou said. “We have donated over R3-million in cash and house products to charities in South Africa as part of our social responsibility.”
In response to questions about why Tiens seemed to focus specifically on Ikageng, Hou said: “We have established a very good partnership with Ikageng. The children are growing healthily and Tiens will always make donations to those who need them the most.”
Ikageng is a community-based organisation that looks after and provides support to about 1 800 children. Tshepo Moraka, the chief operating officer, said at the handover: “We are, yet again, very honoured as it is only six months since Tiens’ last donation.
“The more you give to us, the more the people of Soweto and South Africa benefit. You are not just donating, you are investing. Let us together make Africa a better continent,” he said.
Ikageng Ikageng offers various social servicesTiens’ work is not limited to South Africa; last week Hou was in Lagos, Nigeria to make donations to local deaf and dumb associations.
One of the company’s distributors, Kelly May, felt that there was such a focus on donating to different causes because the Tiens president, Li Jinyuan, believed in charity work. “Our company believes in giving back to society,” she said.
This included giving people who were previously unemployed a chance to distribute the products and become self-employed; these previously unemployed people now constituted approximately 50 percent of all of the group’s distributors, May said.
Tiens is a multinational corporation operating in five continents. It has had a presence in Africa for over 10 years, and has been in South Africa for three years. It now distributes to other African countries from the Johannesburg office.
Ikageng Itireleng is a non-profit organisation founded in 2002. It offers psychosocial, nutritional, educational and household material support, as well as economic and skills development services. Sponsors include Tiens, Sasol, Hollard, Department of Health and Social Development, and Absa Capital, to name a few.
For more information about Ikageng Itireleng, visit the organisation’s website.
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