Several students took the initiative to play an active role in bettering their communities.

In October 2015 the Sparrow FET College’s Installation of Floor Coverings students carried out their practical training at the Dorcas Crèche orphanage in Westbury, Johannesburg. Besides helping equip the students with work experience, the exercise was also a way of giving back to the community. The orphanage consists of two homes, a crèche and a church.

This project was initiated when a Women of Vision representative, Teresa Richards, approached the Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) requesting that carpets be installed at their Dorcas Crèche and Church in Westbury. Women of Vision is a non-profit organisation dedicated to implementing sustainable programmes within communities where violence, substance abuse and unemployment are prevalent. Women of Vision is inspired by the following quotation by Mother Teresa: “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

This achievement was made possible through the generous contributions made by Allan De Wit on behalf of Belgotex Carpets, Richard Barrow of Turner Peirson, and Neil Duncan of Kevin Bates Albert Carpets (KBAC). The Sparrow FET College is delighted to partner with these prestigious leaders in the flooring industry.

This was not the first time that the Sparrow FET College students have shown their commitment to giving back to the community while upskilling themselves in the process. The students have also installed carpets at various centres in Johannesburg including Mmabana Day Care, Westbury Day Care, Hillbrow Sports Facility and Hillbrow Day Care.