Continuing in carrying out its mandate of providing assistance where it is needed most, the office of the Short-term Insurance Ombudsman (OSTI) has donated essential goods to Abraham Kriel Bambanani (AKB), a registered NPO providing care and skills development for traumatised children and youth in need, in the greater Johannesburg area.

OSTI has, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, revised its corporate social initiatives for the year to reach out to charities that care for children – to support these organisations during this challenging time.

“Annually, OSTI plans its CSI initiatives to uplift communities most in need. This year, we amended our plan to support new local orphanages, to provide them with necessities and protective personal equipment (PPE),” says OSTI project coordinator Marilize Blignaut.

At the handover, which took place on Friday 13 November, OSTI donated 10 boxes of facial tissues, 10 packs of baby wipes, 5 litres of bottle steriliser, 15 packs of nappies, 10 bottles of body wash, 10 tubs of nappy cream, 20 packs of toilet paper, 60 packs of sanitary towels, 10 tubs of aqueous cream, 20 tubes of toothpaste, 10 packs of bin liners, 5 bags of washing powder, 10 packs of laundry bar soap, 10L of hand sanitiser, 30 bath towels and face cloths, and 10 mattress protectors.

Noting that Abraham Kriel Bambanani was extremely grateful for the donation, Ernesta Teessen, manager of the Abraham Kriel Bambanani Maria Kloppers house, stressed how the need for funding and donations had grown since the onset of COVID-19. “We currently care for about 200 children, from birth to 18 years of age, where they have been removed from their homes and placed in our care. We also provide support for 600+ children in the same age bracket in the communities of Soweto and Westbury,” says Teessen.

Concludes Blignaut: “OSTI is committed to making a difference where we can and are delighted to have been able to help Abraham Kriel Bambanani to enable them to provide such worthwhile support to so many people.”

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