In partnership with the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (and the Johnson & Johnson Foundation), UNICEF is thrilled to invite J&J employees - their family, friends, and their networks - to donate and support two local programs that protect the mental health of children in South Africa.
The contributions will be part of Cycling for Children, Janssen EMEA’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event where employees raise money for charity by cycling kilometers from anywhere in their neighborhoods (with or without colleagues), the gym or at home. For every 1 km cycled, the Johnson & Johnson Foundation will donate €1. Find more information here. Only employees can cycle to contribute to the charity event, but via this page, anyone can make a direct donation to UNICEF as part of the Cycling for Children initiative.
The well-being of children is intricately linked to parental well-being, the economic status of the family, social support from family and community, safety and access to justice. This requires an integrated package of social and child protection services that prioritizes those most in need. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges, and the needs for greater support.
In response, UNICEF continues its critical child protection work, with two key programs: Safe Parks and Positive Parenting. In partnership with the national government key civil society organization, UNICEF runs Safe Parks after school and on weekends for children to come to for safe play, meals, arts and academic support. The program has reached 1.4 million children with much-needed services and support provided by the Child and Youth Care Workers (CYCWs) based in the parks. Your contribution will support the continued scaling and support to the Safe Parks program.
The Positive Parenting program also works to improve the mental health of young people in South Africa, by helping fathers and other male figures be positive influences on children. With your support, UNICEF in partnership with the social change organization Heartlines will implement the Father’s Matter program. This program will use web and text platforms and small men's groups to increase the knowledge of the importance of men’s presence, and to inspire and support men to be present through the provision of guidelines on engaging at different phases of a child’s life.
We invite you to contribute to these important efforts. Thank you for your support and help spread the word!