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21-Jul-2017  Bridgewater, New Jersey

Henkel recently partnered with the Cargo of Dreams organization to transform a cargo shipping container into a kindergarten classroom for students in South Africa

An overseas journey begins for container filled with love

Employees from Bridgewater, New Jersey, bid farewell to Henkel’s very own “Cargo of Dreams,” a project that connects hands and hearts more than 8,000 miles apart, on July 20.

The container was transported to a seaport in Newark, New Jersey, and is due to arrive in George, South Africa, in mid-September. The project’s completion was made possible by Henkel funding through its Make An Impact on Tomorrow initiative, enthusiastic employees, generous product donations and global collaboration.

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Open Slideshow Joanne Georgiana, who coordinated the Cargo of Dreams project, watches as the container leaves Bridgewater.

Joanne Georgiana, who coordinated the Cargo of Dreams project, watches as the container leaves Bridgewater.

Open Slideshow The container passed its inspection, giving it a green light to begin its overseas journey.

The container passed its inspection, giving it a green light to begin its overseas journey.

Open Slideshow Employees excitedly bid the container-turned-classroom a hearty farewell.

Employees excitedly bid the container-turned-classroom a hearty farewell.

Open Slideshow Henkel’s very own Cargo of Dreams container departs Bridgewater to begins its journey to South Africa.

Henkel’s very own Cargo of Dreams container departs Bridgewater to begins its journey to South Africa.

Open Slideshow The cargo shipping container before its transformation.

The cargo shipping container before its transformation.

Dedicating over 800 hours over 13 months, more than 100 Bridgewater employees worked together to convert a cargo shipping container into a fully functioning kindergarten classroom, bathroom and kitchen for students in South Africa. On the exterior, Bridgewater employees painted silhouettes with outstretched arms connected by hearts, illustrating that “we are all connected in matters of the heart.”