The Geberit apprentices renovate the sanitary installations at a school in Port Elizabeth and learn lessons for life in a whole new environment.Video
2.6 billion people worldwide currently live without any basic sanitary facilities whatsoever. Not only is this undignified, it also puts the health of those affected acutely at risk.
This is why we are actively committed to undertaking social projects in newly industrialized countries. Geberit not only makes money and materials available, but also plans, manages and coordinates the projects with apprentices from various European locations, who spend two weeks working on site. In our social projects, the future professionals work in an international team in an unfamiliar culture and are charged with completely new tasks. These projects are therefore an important platform within our training philosophy, which then enables the young people to acquire abilities and social skills at first hand that aid their personal development and shape their future actions.
In 2012, eight apprentices from a variety of professions traveled to Port Elizabeth in South Africa together with a supervisor and trainer as well as a technical advisor. Together with three additional young people – the Young Explorers from our partner project Pangaea/Mike Horn – they spent two weeks renovating sanitary facilities and also found time to carry out playful activities with the some 850 schoolchildren on the topics of hygiene and saving water.
The basic sanitary facilities and access to water not only bring a sense of dignity to the schoolchildren in Port Elizabeth – the project has also helped the Geberit apprentices to mature into company ambassadors during their training to become first-class employees.