Scotia’s New Build Accounts Co-ordinator Libby Shekleton and her family recently made their annual 2 week pilgrimage to eSwatini to provide valued help and support to the local community.
Libby, her husband Michael and son Louis have visited the area over the past 4 years and with the help from Scotia Windows and Doors, and various other donations, have witnessed the development of the local community in this sugar cane growing area. There are 9 care centres in the vicinity, providing maize meal to over 2,000 children each day.
4 years ago Scotia helped fund the provision of a well to ensure people had access to clean drinking water. Before this time water was provided in troughs, and the water was contaminated with dirt, sugar cane chemicals and animal faeces.
This year generous donations flooded in from The Bridge Church in Kilwinning, Scotia Windows and Doors and Ayrshire families. A 40ft high cube shipping container was purchased and filled to the brim with a wide variety of items including clothing, sanitation products, toys and outdoor play equipment. Bicycles were also donated which provide valuable transport for those who walk over 8 miles from their homes to places of work.
Education of local children is of utmost importance, and blackboards, tables, chairs, tote trolleys, teaching materials, 2 full libraries and a portable library were donated from the closure of two schools in Kilmarnock.
Once the shipping container is emptied, and all the goods are distributed, the container will be transformed into 2 sewing classrooms with 11 sewing machines for adults to develop new skills to earn money and provide for their families. Scotia Windows and Doors provided two French doors and windows for this purpose and we look forward to seeing the finished facility Spring 2019.
Scotia would like to congratulate Libby and her family for their time and dedication to this worthwhile cause, and look forward to seeing the continued development of this project in the future.