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Health and education go hand in hand in the impoverished neighborhoods of South Africa and Kenya. That’s especially true for disadvantaged girls who lack the sanitary products necessary for consistent school attendance, or the education needed for sustainable health and wellness. United Way South Africa and Eli Lilly and Company have joined forces to shift the odds for young girls in need.

On Mandela Day, an annual day of giving in honor of Nelson Mandela, United Way worked with Childline Gauteng, an organization preventing child abuse and neglect throughout the Gauteng Province. Offering 67 minutes of support – in honor of Mandela’s 67 years of service to humanity – United Way and Eli Lilly and Company, among others, donated school supplies and sanitary products for HIV-positive orphans and other children in need. In all, 40 volunteers collected, packed and donated more than $3,000 worth of stationery supplies for 100 students, as well as sanitary products for 40 girls.

"The gifts for our children were so incredible, and will motivate them to continue to be the best they can be in school and out,” said Lynne Cawood, director of Childline Gauteng. “This was truly a magical Madiba Day. Thank you, United Way, for sharing in the South African miracle!”  Read more.

Stronger Communities

For nearly 100 years, Eli Lilly and Company has partnered with United Way through workplace campaigns, advocacy and volunteerism to improve the lives of millions and build stronger communities. And while Lilly’s U.S. employees and retirees give millions each year, the company has gone beyond fundraising to create an innovative partnership with United Way and its agencies – with the goal of having greater impact. In the company's hometown of Indianapolis, Lilly teams partner with United Way of Central Indiana to engage more deeply with the community.

Lilly United: From Hopelessness to Hope

Through Horizon House and other United Way community partners, LuWanna resurrected her life, her belief in others and, most importantly, her belief in herself. Now she helps people on their own journeys.



View our Global Results Framework report to learn how Lilly's investments have boosted childhood and youth success, economic mobility and access to health for people in communities across North America.

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