Friends and Employees of Paladin for African Children (FEPAC) is a charitable foundation established in 2008 by Paladin employees to fund social projects that are outside the scope of the Company’s CSR programmes. Paladin supports the involvement of its employees in FEPAC and donates 25c for every A$1 raised and also provides administrative support. FEPAC has raised over $1.2M through employee donations, golf days and an annual quiz night. The charity supports six projects in Malawi that assist orphaned children with educational needs and vocational training courses, such as brick laying, carpentry and tailoring. Currently over 100 teenagers have completed these courses and have been provided with tools to enable them to earn money to support their younger siblings. These projects include a school for visually impaired and a school for deaf children. In connection with the latter, support is also provided to the ABC Hearing Clinic, an NGO operating in Lilongwe.
FEPAC has financed construction of teacher housing and a three-classroom block at the School for Deaf Children in Karonga, in co-operation with the Australian Government (AUSAID/DAP) which funded 50%. Two-classroom blocks were also constructed at two other government primary schools in the District.
As a follow-up to previous donations of exercise books and pens for school children in six schools near Kayelekera Mine, FEPAC has also provided atlases, dictionaries and some textbooks, 36 small solar panel sets as an incentive for teachers to remain in remote locations and over 200 soccer balls.
FEPAC also took on the sponsorship of drama and books in school. Drama is a traditional art and teaching form used to promote social messaging in Malawi. FEPAC sponsors the Nyange Nyange Drama Group who regularly perform dramas covering health and social issues to primary schools in the Karonga District.
The second annual Charity Golf Day was held in Namibia, organised by local employees, raising N$87,550. The funds were donated to Walvis Bay Kids Haven Children’s Home.
FEPAC is passionate about its work and all involved get immense satisfaction from the difference it makes to the children's lives. If you would like further information, or wish to donate to FEPAC, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.