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African Development Bank Staff Council and Lion Club clean up flood-hit Ivorian community

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The plight of the Nemattoulaye-Attecoube area in Abidjan was highlighted by African Development Bank staff who, in collaboration with the Lion’s Club Abidjan Strelitzia, joined forces to provide much needed assistance and support to the area. 

Decked In rubber boots, gloves, masks, and aprons, staff of the African Development Bank joined forces with members of Lion’s Club Strelitzia Abidjan on Thursday to clean up Attecoube – an Abidjan neighborhood that suffered from devastating floods early this year.

Last June, a devastating flooding in Abidjan and environs left deaths and destruction in its wake.  Roads were degraded and houses destroyed.  Debris littered schools, homes, roads and gutters, leading to environment and health concerns.

The Bank’s Staff Council President, Babatunde Adenibi said the Council and its partners were motivated by the need to give back to the society as part of a broader corporate social responsibility culture.

“In addition to the clean-up exercise, the items we have donated will help the school and the community in general to keep clean,” he said.

For 10-year-old Sephora Zamble and 1,300 students of Ecole Primaire Publique in Attecoube, the effect continues to linger long after. Going to school had become a nightmare as parts of the school was still covered in massive debris. A double-shift school system introduced as a result of the flooding made students take turns to learn. Sephora’s school now wears a new look, bringing immense joy to her and mates, thanks to the clean-up exercise.

Over 50 volunteers went round Nemattoulaye, Attecoube clearing blocked gutters, roads, and schools. Tons of filth, including building rubble, soil and sediments, trees and shrubs were removed and disposed of in plastic garbage bags and disposed of in   special purpose tricycle trucks.

An excited Sephora said after the clean-up: “I feel good that this clean-up is happening. Learning in a dirty environment makes me sad.  We feel dirty when the school is dirty and often have diseases that our parents don’t have money to cure. I have friends who cannot come to school because our environment is dirty.”

The Staff Council (SCO) of the Bank launched the CLEAN-UP operation as part of activities marking the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Day on the theme, “Clean up Attecoube.”

The plight of the Nemattoulaye, Attecoube area was highlighted by the African Development Bank staff Association who, in collaboration with the Lion’s Club Abidjan Strelitzia, joined forces to provide much needed assistance and support to the area.

In addition to the Clean-Up activities, the volunteers provided lunch for 1,300 pupils of the local nursery and primary school.

“I believe that the Bank and the Lions Club have the same concern which is improving lives of people in deprived areas.  When a group of people come together, roll up their sleeves and take action on a project to make their community better, it’s a beautiful thing and an incredible feeling for everyone involved,” said Daniele Ouegnin, President of Lion Club International, District 403 A2, Zone 311.

“Being a Lion is about leading by example, building relationships and improving the word through kindness. It is how caring Men and Women serve together so they can make greater impact and change more lives.”

To help the community remain clean, the mission donated cleaning tools, including 3 wheel garbage trucks , large wheeled waste bins, brooms, brushes, rakes, wheel barrows, shovels, gloves, garbage bags, masks, various cleaning products and disinfectant materials.

Principal of Ecole Primaire Publique 2, Mme Akabla Aoussi described the intervention as timely, given that the neighbourhood needs the donated tools to clean up the environment.

“We want to thank you for choosing this place that really needs help. Our environment is water-logged and in need of interventions like this,” she said.

The corporate social responsibility activity supports the Bank’s overall assistance to its host country.

At the end of October 2018, the Bank’s portfolio in Cote d’Ivoire comprised 23 operations (11 national, 5 multinational and 7 private sector operations) for total net commitments of €1,162 million. The public sector accounts for 16 operations valued at  €1,218.03 million, while the private sector accounts for 7 projects worth € 261 million. Transport and energy sectors account for 65% and 24% of the portfolio, respectively.

Since 1964, when the Bank started operations in Cote d’Ivoire, it has participated in financing about 85 operations amounted € 2,845 million.

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Christmas: Sahara Group Promotes Clean Shopping

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Lagos, December 2019- Gifts, concerts, traveling, time with family and friends, a break from work/school and mouth watering delicacies are usually what people look forward to at Christmas.

One activity people can’t seem to avoid this period is shopping. Whether it’s for new clothes or gifts for loved ones, Christmas shopping can be both thrilling and overwhelming at the same time, not only for us, but for the environment as well.

In line with its commitment to spearheading climate protection across the globe, Sahara Group is using this exciting period to encourage everyone to shop smarter and cleaner, not only during this season, but to make it a lifestyle.

Before making any buying decisions, ask these two important questions:

1. Is it necessary?
Temptations abound during the holiday season and they come in all forms, from alluring adverts to eye-popping shopping deals. If you don’t slow down to ask yourself if you really need an item before purchasing, you could end up hurting your wallet and the environment.

To avoid this, take stock of what you already have and more importantly what you haven’t used in the last year especially with things like clothes, shoes and toys for example. It is best to plan to give out items that can be re-used and make a mental note of the things you don’t need to avoid unnecessary consumption and expenditure.

Next, have a holiday spending action plan/budget consisting of the following steps:

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i. Decide on how much you can safely spend in total.
ii. Make a list of the different items you intend to purchase and put them into categories like groceries, clothing, gifts for family and friends, etc. Make sure your list is prioritized.
iii. Decide on how much you intend to spend on each category based on your total budget.
iv. Divide the amount in (iii) by the total number of items for each category.
v. Accept this amount as the maximum you can spend on each item.

Now, take this plan with you wherever you go to help you stay on track of your holiday spending. There are lots of free spending apps that can be downloaded to help you stay on top of your expenditure on the go. Try as much as possible to stay within your budget and you’ll find yourself making smarter and easier shopping decisions.

2. Is it kind to the environment?
Christmas is a season of excesses – excess buying, eating, decorating, and even partying. Just as everything else is in excess during the holiday season, so is waste. From the excessive plastic shopping bags associated with increased shopping during this period, the duplicitous gifts, to the copious gift packaging and wraps, the environment surely feels the impact of the season. While these activities can’t completely be avoided, we can make them more sustainable by reducing plastic waste.

Jute bags are an excellent alternative to plastic bags. Unlike plastic, jute is biodegradable and does not pollute the environment. It is firm and durable, and can be washed and reused as many times as possible.

The Green-Life Initiative, which was launched by Sahara Group with one of its objectives being to promote sustainable living and reduce the harmful impact of human activities on the environment and to help combat climate change, has introduced recyclable jute bags as one of its ‘weapons’ in this fight as a means to educate and raise awareness on the simple “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” mantra.

By simply switching from plastic to recyclable jute bags when shopping this season, you are creating a cleaner, more sustainable environment by reducing the Green House Gases (GHG) emissions and contributing your quota towards combating climate change.

Christmas is a season of giving, so now is the perfect time to give back to the earth by reducing plastic waste by taking on biodegradable alternatives like jute bags.

It is very possible to have a memorable Christmas without breaking the bank and depleting the environment. Follow the tips above and let it be your special little gift to yourself and our planet!

Have a joyous Green Christmas!

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World Food Day 2019 – Our Actions are Our Future

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About 820 million people on earth do not have enough food to lead a healthy, active, life. Food and Agricultural Organization reports that 257 million people are starving in Africa.

Some of the factors causing hunger include poverty, conflict, climate and weather, and lack of investment in agriculture. To create worldwide awareness for those suffering from hunger and encourage us to tackle global food insecurity, October 16th was marked as World Food Day.

World Food Day 2019

World Food Day is held annually on 16th October. It is celebrated by different people around the world who come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger. The day also marks the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945.  Each year, World Food Day adapts a different theme. For 2019, the theme is “Our Actions Are Our Future, Healthy Diets For A #ZeroHunger World.”

This year’s theme emphasizes the need for a healthy diet to in order to secure our future. Food security is not just about having access to food, but having access to healthy food.

World Food Day 2019

Despite 820 million people not having enough to eat, about 2.1 billion people are obese. Dietary choices and lifestyles have caused an increase in obesity around the world. This year’s theme calls us to not only take action towards #ZeroHunger, but to make sure our diet is healthy.

For this year’s World Food Day, Farmcrowdy visited Victoria Island Nursery and Primary School, Eti Osa LGA. There, we educated the children on agriculture, World Food Day, and the role they can play towards achieving #ZeroHunger as well as activities they can engage in to stay healthy.World Food Day 2019

Present at the school was our Co-founder, Temitope Omotolani. She spoke to the kids, telling them about World Food Day, the importance of a balanced diet, and gave tips on some actions they should take for a better and healthier future.World Food Day 2019

We also engaged in aerobics with the children and gave them tips on what actions to take towards #ZeroHunger. We will also inform the children on their dietary choices and how the products they consume individually can enable change.

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Farmcrowdy is also proud to announce that our production arm has obtained the Veterinary Health Certificate for Trade of Meat. This means that beyond the food on the table, we ensure that the processing aspect of our foods are done under safe, hygienic conditions for healthy meals.

World Food Day 2019

As we mark this year’s World Food Day, what actions will you be taking towards #ZeroHunger? Share in the comment section.

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Global humanitarian crisis: How will the world react?

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The world is witnessing an unprecedented level of humanitarian crisis that requires global attention and action. According to the United Nations Refugee Council, more than 70 million people have been forced from their homes globally, usually as a result of armed conflict, disease, natural disasters and violent persecutions. Altogether, more than two thirds (67 per cent) of all refugees worldwide came from just five countries: Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Somalia. In addition, 60 per cent of preventable maternal deaths happen in settings of conflict, displacement and natural disasters.

From every indication, the tipping point has been surpassed and what the world needs now is a reaction by way of collaborative interventions involving global leaders, Public-Private-Partnerships, Development Agencies, Multilateral Organisations and the Civil Society.

Sahara Group has through the Sahara Foundation, invested in education, vocational skills development and healthcare for people who have been displaced from their communities.

In Nigeria, Sahara Foundation currently supports pupils and students in the North-East of Nigeria with an all-round educational scholarship that covers educational materials, medical care, housing, feeding and clothing. The scholarship recipients are victims of the insurgence.  The intervention seeks to create learning opportunties for young Nigerians towards human capacity development. In 2019, Sahara Foundation plans to double the number of scholarships for primary school pupils while also creating a new programme that will target tertiary institution students in North- East, Nigeria.

In a similar vein, Sahara Foundation has also provided humanitarian support in Zambia through the construction of an outdoor kitchen for displaced young girls who are housed by the Vision of Hope (VoH), Lusaka. VoH is a care home for young girls who are victims of violence in their home countries. Currently about forty six young girls from neighboring countries are housed in the home and the intervention provides the girls with the skills and tool to get better, develop vocational skills in etiquette, catering, hoteling, and hospitality management which will in-turn drive self- reliance.

In 2018, Sahara Foundation’s humanitarian interventions in Ghana directly benefitted twenty (20) men and women in Temale. The beneficiaries were trained in entrepreneurship and construction of rain catchment which is used to trap water runoff. The trapped rain water can be stored for use in homes, schools and community health centres especially when there is no readily available source of water.

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As World Humanitarian Day is marked today, Sahara Foundation joins the world in calling for more action towards humanitarian support, especially for millions of people who have been displaced from their homes and communities. As sustainable development drivers, Sahara Foundation remain committed to collaborating with regional and global stakeholders to restore hope and help millions of people get another shot at realising their dreams.

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