Juba, South Sudan: March 20, 2019 –Leading energy conglomerate, Sahara Group has reaffirmed its commitment to inspiring and empowering future technology entrepreneurs to lead the drive towards sustainable development and economic prosperity in South Sudan.
Working through the Sahara Foundation, Sahara Group has renovated and upgraded the University of Juba Computer Center in South Sudan, a facility that plays a critical role in Information Communication Technology training in South Sudan, the world’s youngest democracy.
Following the intervention, the center now boasts a better learning ambience, brand new computers, central UPS and server, air conditioners, roof mounted projector and furniture.
“The facility will help the 10,000 undergraduates of the institution in designing solutions that will accelerate the growth of their nation and their own careers. We also believe the facility will provide an avenue for young people both within and outside the university community to acquire technology based skills in a country where access to information communication technology is below 30 percent of the population,” said Bethel Obioma, Head, Corporate Communications at Sahara Group.
According to Obioma, the success of the Computer Center project would serve as a template for driving other development agenda that Sahara Group is exploring to foster accelerated economic empowerment an growth in South Sudan. “Sahara Group has implemented upgrades in various academic institutions in different nations and we believe the youths in South Sudan can now begin to aspire to become successful entrepreneurs that will compete for laurels globally.”
Founded in 1975, the University of Juba is the oldest university in South Sudan and has a vision to become a dynamic regional and world-class center of excellence in teaching, research, innovation, and service to community by 2030.
Oluseyi Ojurongbe, Manager, Sahara Foundation, said there are ongoing stakeholder engagements to explore other interventions in line with Sahara Group’s commitment to spearheading the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa by 2030.
Ojurongbe noted that Sahara had made remarkable progress in its contribution to the SDGs, including goals 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 17.
He said: “We are delighted at the opportunity to serve in South Sudan and to be part of a growing movement geared towards transforming the nation and empowering her people. The Sahara Foundation will continue to work with all local and global stakeholders to give wings to the aspirations of South Sudan.”
Since inception, Sahara Foundation has implemented projects in the areas of health, education, environment and sustainable community development across Africa, Europe and Asia. More than two million people have directly benefited from the projects, with an estimated 75% of them located across the African continent. These interventions include food preservation/security projects, high school leadership/entrepreneurship projects, skills acquisition/career counseling programmes, upgrade of school libraries and sanitary facilities, scholarships for indigent students, free medical outreaches/surgeries, donation of mobile cancer unit and collaboration with several stakeholders to promote the SDGs.
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Christmas: Sahara Group Promotes Clean Shopping
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:
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!
World Food Day 2019 – Our Actions are Our Future
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As we mark this year’s World Food Day, what actions will you be taking towards #ZeroHunger? Share in the comment section.
Global humanitarian crisis: How will the world react?
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.
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.