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‘Keep Your Eye On The Ball,’ Sahara Tanzania Urges Youth

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: April 23, 2019 – There’s something exciting about the energy young people exude. Irrepressible. However, harnessing such energies and shaping them along the path of excellence is an activity that Sahara Group is passionate about. Dar es Salaam, the breath taking city where Sahara Tanzania Limited, a member of the leading energy conglomerate, Sahara Group, operates became the latest platform for Sahara to showcase its commitment to youth empowerment.

Working with the Tanzania Football Association, Sahara Tanzania Limited is supporting the Tanzanian Serengeti Boys at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) U-17 tournament in Tanzania. Apart from fueling the ambitions of the enterprising future stars by making fuel available to ferry the players and fans to and from the stadium, Sahara Tanzania is providing a capacity building ‘#KeepYourEyeOnTheBall’ campaign to provide entrepreneurial and financial counsel to prepare the young players for post-football life.

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Staff of Sahara Tanzania Limited amplify voices for #KeepYourEyeOnTheBall project

The #KeepYourEyeOnTheBall project is Sahara’s way of urging the players not to neglect the pursuit of educational and entrepreneurial goals to ensure they are able to keep their dreams alive after their active playing days are over. “We are passionate about the youths in Tanzania and this continues to guide the various projects we have implemented to enhance sustainable development in Tanzania. We believe in the future of these young stars and view this as the best time to encourage them to also channel their energies towards pursuing off-the-field goals that would help them take on other challenges after recording huge feats as footballers,” said Mwajabu Mrutu, Business Development Officer, Sahara Tanzania Limited.

According to Mrutu, Sahara Tanzania Limited would continue to work with relevant authorities to push the project beyond football. She urged the media and influencers across the nation to embrace and support the campaign to generate more interest and acceptance nation-wide. “The #KeepYourEyeOnTheBall message is not just for footballers. We believe it is a timely call to action to all young people in Tanzania. Sahara Group is happy to join forces with other stakeholders to ensure that the message gains more momentum and becomes a mantra that guides the lives of all the youths in Tanzania,” she added.

Sahara Group’s interventions in Tanzania are driven by Sahara Foundation. Working though the Foundation, Sahara Tanzania Limited has implemented several projects including the Upgrade of Library at Pugu Secondary School that serves over 1000 students; the School Sanitation Wash & Hygiene (SWASH) Project, which involved the provision of toilets & washrooms at Salma Kikwete Secondary School and youth empowerment projects, notably, the #MyFutureStartsWithMe conference, which rallied young people to look inwards for inspiration and pursue their ambitions with unyielding desire.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Sahara Foundation Restates Commitment To Driving Inclusive Education

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Oluseyi Ojurongbe, Manager, Sahara Foundation

Lagos, Nigeria August 14, 2019 – As the world marks the 20th International Youth Day, Sahara Foundation, the vehicle for  Sahara Group’s Personal and Corporate Social Responsibility (PCSR) initiatives, has reiterated its dedication to promoting inclusive education through formal and informal interventions.

Sahara Foundation promotes the implementation of projects that drive sustainable development across its locations in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Speaking on the 2019 United Nations International Youth Day 2019 themed, “Transforming Education,” Oluseyi Ojurongbe, Manager,  Sahara Foundation said enhancing access to formal and informal education is critical for effective youth empowerment across the globe.

He said Sahara Foundation plans to increase the scholarships awarded to underserved communities in Nigeria as well as projects targeted at empowering social entrepreneurs in Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania and Ghana who are contributing to the sustainable development of their communities.

“We remain committed to supporting young people by creating platforms that provide an enabling environment for the development of self-sustaining initiatives with a focus on capacity building, wealth creation and preservation,” Ojurongbe said.

The International Youth Day is an awareness day designated by the United Nations to draw attention to cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth. This year’s edition is focused on making education more inclusive and accessible for all youths, including efforts by the youth themselves.

The theme stems from Goal 4 of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

Sahara Foundation has over the last 15 years undertaken various projects to enhance education across several locations where it operates.

The projects range from library upgrade, scholarship programmes for students in the north-east region of Nigeria, career counselling for teens in Singapore, to upgrade of classroom facilities in Ghana, renovation of the ICT Laboratory and donation of computers with internet access at the University of Juba, South Sudan.

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Other Sahara Foundation education and youth based interventions include: Partnership with Ashesi University on the Ashesi Innovation Experience (AIX) Programme for 200 teens across Africa over the past two years; Career Guidance and vocational skills training in Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d’ Ivoire; and Construction, upgrade and  refurbishment of youth vocational centers in Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania·

Sahara Foundation through its recent partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is making significant steps to promote access to clean and affordable energy which will in-turn improve societal well- being. It is also expected that the partnership will facilitate capacity building opportunities in renewable energy for youths across Cote d’ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria.

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