Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
Earlier in May Plascon assisted with the construction of a new Eco-House at New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Johannesburg, through a donation of paint and products. This New Jerusalem home will serve as a safe haven for orphaned and vulnerable children around Gauteng.
Patrick Seager (CSI Manager for Plascon) had this to say of the project “We are always looking for the opportunity to spread colour into the lives of disadvantaged children. This project was an easy choice for its obvious support of both children and the environment – we are proud to have been able to contribute towards it”.
New Jerusalem Children’s Home was founded in 2000 by Advocate Anna Mojapelo, a prominent business women and reputable community developer, together with her sister Phina Mojapelo, a social worker who has years of experience working with children. The home currently takes care of 80 children between the ages of 0 and sixteen years of age – many of whom are fighting HIV/Aids; 30 of these children will now be accommodated by this environmentally-friendly structure.
It was constructed using 28 recycled shipping containers and most of the materials used in the construction and design process were made from recycled materials. It is not just innovative in its use of recyclable materials, it is also aesthetically exciting and extremely comfortable to live in.
Adrienne Feldner had this to say about the donation of Plascon paint, “The children are both inspired by the bright orange and purple accent colours and calmed by the natural, earthy shades in the house. Indeed, their reaction to the colours is a good reflection of the incredible transformation that has occurred in these children since moving into the house. Almost immediately, their self-esteem increased, they became calm, co-operative and interactive and seem to now exude an optimism they never seemed to have before.”
“Plascon’s donation has played a huge role in putting smiles on these children’s faces.”