Corporate Social Investment (CSI)
Pareto intends to invest around R5 million annually in sustainable projects. Pareto is committed to ongoing investment in the areas served by the shopping centres in its portfolio.
Based in KwaZulu Natal, an area where HIV and unemployment is rife, the LIV Village partners with government and business to provide holistic and residential care to the thousands of needy, parentless children. Vulnerable children are placed within a family environment where they receive unconditional love and care as well as a high level of education from the LIV school located on the property. The LIV Village aims to have 96 mothers and 580 children in residence by the end of 2012.
Visit website: www.liv-village.com
Refilwe Community Project:
Refilwe is a community development organization situated in Lanseria, Gauteng, focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through the sustainable development of individuals, health and welfare programmes, child care and educational initiatives. It offers a cluster foster care programme providing safe homes for orphaned or vulnerable children. 'Refilwe Enterprises' is its small business development arm which has launched a number of income generating initiatives that help to sustain participants from the community as well as the organization itself.
Visit website: www.refilwe.org
PEN – Inner City Regeneration:
PEN, an organization based in the Tshwane CBD, focuses on the upliftment of the inner city. It offers various programs for children and young adults living in the CBD on a daily basis. It also offers a clinic, home based care services as well as a community centre aimed at meeting the basic needs of the community, through social and psychological services. PEN also offers a house of safety for vulnerable and abandoned young people as well as a low cost residential housing facility.
Visit website: www.pen.org.za
Leratong Hospital Upgrade:
Leratong Hospital, in Chamdor, Gauteng, is a 900 bed regional hospital that serves a catchment area of 1.5 million people. It has been described as one of the worst hospitals in Gauteng and as a result has lost many doctors and nursing staff. This is certainly true of many State Hospitals that are under equipped and in major need of renovations. Through the SA Medical & Education Foundation, an NPO dedicated to equal Health Care, Pareto assisted with the upgrade of the hospital's Emergency & Accident Unit as well as the reception and waiting area. Currently Pareto is assisting with the renovation of Leratong's Walk-in casualty unit which is extremely derelict and under equipped.
Visit website: www.samefoundation.org.za
Straatwerk is an organization which focuses on the inner city 'outcast society' of Cape Town, which has lost hope and found itself trapped in undesirable lifestyles. It creates work opportunities for the homeless through their OPHULP project, which helps desperate and often destitute individuals to earn 'cash in hand' by means of honest, hard work as an alternative to begging, theft or criminal activities.
Visit website: www.straatwerk.org.za
POPUP (People Upliftment Programme):
POPUP is primarily a training facility providing skills development and training for the unemployed and underprivileged communities of Tshwane. After graduation, POPUP is able to place more than 80% of their learners in employment which enables them to create a better future for themselves and their families. In addition to this, POPUP also manages a full Social Support Services programme as well as a Medical Services programme.
Visit website: www.popup.co.za
Vastfontein – Community Transformation:
Vastfontein is a rural community in the Hammanskraal area (Gauteng) which has many child-headed homes and very little available education for the community. The Vastfontein community programme has three primary aims – to care for orphans, to educate children and to equip tomorrow's leaders so they will be pioneers committed to achieving the best for their communities. The programme tackles community issues through group care homes each having a house-mother and 8 children. These children are cared for on a long term basis with a stable parent-like figure who provides physical and emotional care. The children in the care homes and the surrounding areas are also given top quality education at the Primary and Pre-Primary schools situated on the property. Training courses are also offered to adults and youth in the area after school hours.
Visit website: www.vastfontein.co.za