The Cotton on Foundation projects are based on four pillars; health, education, sustainability and infrastructure. These pillars were derived from the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and form the basis of every project undertaken by the Cotton On Foundation.
In line with the Millennium Development Goals and our mission to develop 20,000 educational places in Southern Uganda by 2020, we are helping to reduce poverty and improve the lives of those in need. We truly are in partnership with our customers, and we’re proud of the fact that they can follow their dollar and the journey it takes, including the real impact it has on people’s lives.
Alta du Toit LSEN School offers specialized, professional education to learners with intellectual disabilities from different cultural backgrounds, many of whom come from households where they may never be afforded access to any form of technology. The school caters to severely intellectually disabled learners, some of whom may be multi-disabled but whose primary disability is their intellectual ability. The school aims to provide every child with the best possible opportunity to progress according to their ability and at their own tempo. As far as possible they are enabled to become self-supporting adults, who readily engage in the community to which they belong. Successful school leavers find employment in protective workshops where they may be given tasks such as sorting or stacking, under partial or constant supervision.
Hand-crafted bead-work projects made by HIV-affected women to support the health of their families. The project was initiated by the Kidzpositive Family Fund, founded by a group of health care professionals at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
What if we used our waste fabric that normally goes into landfills to make functional, stylish and affordable bags of all shapes and sizes? And what if we trained people to make them, in their communities as an entrepreneurial opportunity? And what if some of those profits went into supporting and environmental non-profit already doing good work? It almost seemed too good to be true, but we had to try. The desire and need for change, however daunting, was too big.
Through the support, expertise and insight of those around us who wanted to be a part of making SA a better place, our vision started to take shape. We prototyped bag designs, engaged non-profits and communities, explored skills development programs and encountered local heroes of positive change. Stories of hope and opportunity to make a real difference became a daily experience.
We are now armed for change with a range of unique and truly South African bags (literally, each one is different) that are fashionable, durable and cater for every aspect of South African life from fashion to shopping, travel to work, sport and school.