Express Employment Professionals supports many organisations on both an international and local level. Our philanthropic committee designates funds to a variety of causes each year through our corporate giving program. Our corporate citizenship program supports the efforts of our franchisees to give to their preferred organisations in their local communities.
In order to address the overwhelming inequities recognised in South Africa, Express Employment Professionals began an initiative called Project Lupesi. By partnering with the Africa Foundation, Conservation Corporation Africa (CCAfrica), the Getty Foundation's Friends of Africa and the Bongani Lodge, Express Employment Professionals has been improving the lives of South Africans since 1998.
We continue providing assistance to a black primary school and community in the Lupesi District in Mpumalanga where Express South Africa and the owners of the Express developership in Canada, have already been instrumental in building and renovating classrooms, supplying educational materials and assist with a clinic established in the village of Lupesi
The rural community of Lupesi is seven hours outside of Pretoria, South Africa. This remote village serves as home to 6,000 citizens, including more than 1,300 students. The goal of the Express-sponsored Lupesi Project is to empower the coming generations of rural and tribal Africans with modern life skills, including education, regional infrastructure such as water and electrical systems, agricultural initiatives, land management and conservation.
Through the donations of Express, three classrooms were built and five were renovated for the Lupesi Primary School. In addition, the donations enabled a professional contractor to visit the village to teach residents how to make cinder blocks, drive nails, erect a frame and roof a building. Express also furnished a day-care centre with toys and supplies and helped stock the local medical clinic with medical supplies and equipment.
In addition, Express provided funds for latrines, a school lunch program, vegetable gardens for the high school and primary school, a computer centre and electricity for the primary school, TV's, VCR's and educational videos, sports equipment, a leadership program and a food and vitamin program for AIDS patients. Addition to these Express housed four students, who were invited to London and Ontario, to take college courses.