25 Projects Tackled in Sub-Saharan Africa During Ford Global Caring Month
Ford employees and volunteers in Sub-Saharan Africa took part in 25 different projects throughout 2018, with more than $132,000 USD committed by Ford Fund to improving communities in regions like South Africa, Ethiopia, and Uganda. The projects were undertaken as part of Ford’s Global Caring Month, which takes place in markets around the world every September.
“Ford Global Caring Month is our flagship community initiative each year, and it was fantastic to witness the exceptional level of energy and enthusiasm from our employees, dealers, and distributors that went into the 2018 projects,” said Neale Hill, managing director, Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region.
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“With our primary focus on supporting environmental, agricultural, clean water, educational, and welfare needs, our Ford volunteers played an important role in uplifting and improving the lives of people in the communities in which we operate. This was achieved in a meaningful and sustainable manner, whether it was painting and equipping classrooms to help educate learners or creating vegetable gardens to provide additional food security.”
Projects in South Africa revolved largely around education, seeing members of the teams at Pretoria’s Silverton Assembly Plant and the Port Elizabeth’s Struandale Engine Plant chipping in to help build up local schools, skill-development facilities, and early centers in their respective communities. Efforts include cleaning and beautification, education, and the creation of vegetable gardens and recycling facilities.
In Ethiopia, Ries Engineering — Ford’s local distributor — partnered with The Muday Association to provide a boost for single months and children with shelter, food, medical care, and education. Ford’s distributor in Uganda, Cooper Motor Corporation, teamed up with the local Katalemwa Cheshire Home of Rehabilitation Services and donated 40 beds and mattresses to children and young adults with disabilities.
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Ford Fund contributed more than $700,000 worldwide toward tools and supplies used during Ford Global Caring Month, and members of the Ford Volunteer Corps pitched in untold hours to help bring the projects to fruition.