The Foster Home has been a proud FMI initiative for over 8 years and is particularly close to FMI CEO, Brad Toerien’s heart, who has personally worked alongside the home for 15 years. “The 100 Day Makeover gives us a chance to contribute to the future of South Africa by supporting our children, and importantly, carry Madiba’s legacy forward”, says Toerien.

The Westville home, has been a haven for orphaned, abused and neglected children since 2002 and run by a compassionate couple, Kate and Anthony van der Meulen, both of whom put their careers aside in order to establish the home. Kate and Anthony work closely with Foster mother, Tryphina Mhlanzi, who lovingly takes care of the house and the kids as her own.

At FMI, we’re proud to have 2 siblings working for us – Nompilo and Sanele Nsele – who grew up in the home. In a moving talk at our internal project launch in July, they shared their powerful story, leaving staff inspired to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of the children living at the home.

Says Nompilo, “I never felt like I was growing up in a foster home, and I had no reason to pity my life. It was my home and the family I never had. I had a mom who loved me, lots of aunts and uncles and an unwavering support structure, and that hasn’t changed to this day.”

Beginning in September, FMI worked in teams to revamp their chosen rooms. The makeover ends on the 100-day mark - 8th of December - where the FMI staff and the children of Vukukhanye celebrate their newly-improved home in an exciting ribbon-cutting ceremony and braai.

We are honoured to have had the opportunity to connect with and support the children of Vukukhanye. And we feel rewarded too, as a business, as we have the privilege of people like Sanele and Nompilo being part of the FMI family.

“It’s FMI’s turn to show our gratitude to Tryphina and her commitment to the children of Vukukhanye. Her dedication is a powerful lesson to all of us on the importance of purpose before profit - a philosophy deeply ingrained in our culture here at FMI. As a business, our achievements can only be measured by the routes that led us there, and the impact we made along the way. Our future successes are determined by how we behave today.” explains FMI’s Chief Marketing Officer, Grace Winter.

 

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Meet the Team – Ashika Ramsoonder

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