DHL Empowers Youth
Andile Nxele, a young man from SOS Children’s Villages Pietermaritzburg, has been awarded an opportunity through DHL to embark on a journey into the working world.
Andile matriculated from Maritzburg Christian School in 2009 and went on to graduate with a Diploma in Business Management in 2012. As his third and final year at varsity drew to a close, Andile found himself anxious and unsure about entering the working world but thanks to the partnership between DHL and SOS Children’s Villages, Andile was given an opportunity to work as an intern at the DHL Supply Chain office in Pietermaritzburg.
Less than a year later Andile was employed permanently as a Picking Clerk in the outbound department at DHL.
“I am really privileged to have been employed by DHL and every day that passes I learn more, which encourages me to reach for heights I never dreamt possible,” says Andile. “In ten years from now I can see myself in my own office, running a very successful business and when that day comes, all my gratitude will go to DHL and the support from SOS Children’s Villages, where I grew up.“
Andile does not count himself unlucky for growing up within an SOS Children’s Village. He explains, “Growing up in an SOS Children’s Village really showed me that there are people out there who truly care about underprivileged children. I went to sleep every night knowing that I was cared for and loved,” says Andile.
DHL is an active and vocal supporter of SOS Children’s Villages and a prime example that supporting our children can be done in many ways that go beyond just financial contributions. “Time, knowledge, support and mentorship are equally important when it comes to creating well rounded young people who can go out and face the world with confidence. This partnership not only teaches the youth about the corporate world – what it’s like to be in an office – but that sometimes you have to start at the bottom and work hard with your goal in mind and you could be a manager or even CEO, “says Leigh Swartz, Public Relations and Events Co-ordinator for SOS Children’s Villages South Africa.
DHL strongly believes that the premise of an independent life rests on the shoulders of economic stability and to achieve that, both formal and informal education is key. “The GoTeach programme enables us to use the expertise of our people and to provide the youth with access to a professional working environment that will prepare them for employment. The DHL employees volunteer to spend time with the youth, sharing stories on their role in the DHL business, how they got to where they are, which in turn encourages the youth to set no limit on what they want to achieve,” explains Olande Stols from the DHL GoTeach team.
DHL provides a perfect opportunity for SOS Children’s Villages to enable our children to become contributing, self- reliant members of society who are able to care for themselves and their own families. “It provides the DHL team with the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise, while providing career exposure, advice on subject choices to consider at school, what to study, where to study and the major skills that are required in the workplace. Internships, learnerships and graduate development opportunities are a wonderful stepping stones for the youth of SOS and South Africa,” concludes Swartz.
To support SOS Children’s Villages SMS the word SOS to 42975 to make a R30 donation or go to www.sosvillages.org.za