The learners from Rebonwe Primary School, a no-fee school in Ivory Park, Midrand, will immediately have access to the new, fully stocked library.
Opening the library on Thursday 23 November 2017, Fasken’s Senior Partner, Lucas Moalusi, said one of Fasken’s core values is to make a difference in communities.
“Sponsoring the Rebonwe Primary School library clearly fits our values and commitment,” he said.
“We know that this library will add value to our children and the community. We are grateful to be part of a project that brings the world to our children so that they know, that they too, can dream the ‘impossible dream’.”
Fasken was inspired to support this cause after a talk by social entrepreneur and one of South Africa’s top female mountaineers, Saray Khumalo, on Mandela Day. She aims to build at least five libraries for underprivileged schools in South Africa.
“My dream is to go higher and go further for as long as I breathe, to pave a way for my children and other ordinary people, so we may realise and accept that ordinary people like us can achieve extraordinary heights,” says Khumalo. As part of her climbing with a purpose initiative, she dedicated her climbs to ordinary people, women and girls, daughters of the African soil who dare to dream.
“I want to inspire ordinary people to not think too much about the difficulties on the way but keep focused on the end goal, and to take their hand, motivate them to realise that they too may dream the impossible dream.”
Fasken Johannesburg together with a generous contribution from their Canadian office has fully funded the installation and stocking of the library to the value of R250 000 as part of Participate for Good’s Mandela Day Library project. The selection of the library was done through the Department of Education.
Sushila Dhever, head of Fasken’s Pro Bono department and the driver of CSI, reiterates the firm’s commitment to its communities.
“Fasken has a dedicated pro bono division, where we provide legal services to people in the community who cannot afford it. However, our commitment to giving back to communities goes far beyond litigation. We want to improve the societies that we work in, and we passionately believe that education is one of the most powerful vehicles to achieve this,” she says.
Fasken will continue to support the school as part of its CSI initiatives.