All PwC firms are involved in their local communities through a vast range of projects, from supporting youth education and leadership programmes to helping social entrepreneurs and local charities. This is a core part of our PwC culture, and we regularly contribute our time, skills and resources.
While our goal is to make a difference in the communities where we work by sharing our time and knowledge, PwC people also benefit from new skills, enhanced personal fulfilment and deeper local relationships. Our approach to volunteering and community engagement tends to be local and considers local priorities and customs so that the activities have a positive impact on beneficiaries.
In Uganda, PwC has supported different local initiatives in line with PwC corporate responsibility core areas of education, health, disaster recovery. Our approach for selecting which initiative to support follows a clear background study and needs assessment. The firm’s CR strategy is to get staff involved through encouraging contributions both financially and materially – this is collective responsibility.
This year, we have embarked on supporting Honest Junior School- a private school located 20Km out of Kampala. Having started as a nursery school in 2016, Honest Junior has since progressed to the primary section and now has classes up to Primary four. The school currently has 180 pupils and 8 teachers.
We were drawn to this school because it is the only nursery school in this community. Prior to its founding, children stayed home until the age of six when they enrolled straight to primary one, this no doubt created a gap in their education because they had to learn the nursery basics in primary school.
After conducting a needs assessment, we decided to help make the learning environment safer, comfortable and friendlier for the children. The school was lacking enough furniture and some children had to sit on the floor while taking their lessons. Thanks to generosity of PwC staff and partners, we have been able to provide tables, desks, benches, windows and doors and made a difference in the lives of the children.