Ford Launches SHE-MOVES Mobility Program
Ford and Ford Fund have launched a new program aimed at providing mobility solutions for women and children in South Africa and Nigeria. Strengthen Her: Mobilizing Ventures for Social Innovation, or SHE-MOVES, aims to provide “Whole-Person Leadership” development by following the five United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Good Health and Wellbeing, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, and Affordable and Clean Energy.
In South Africa, SHE-MOVES has teamed with the Uhambo Foundation of Cape Town to provide mobility for children with special needs while empowering and educating caregivers. A grant to the Uhambo Foundation enables the group to extend its mission to families across five communities, and the donation of a Ford Tourneo Custom enables the foundation to reach even further.
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“We are extremely grateful to receive the SHE-MOVES grant and the donation of the Ford Tourneo Custom, both of which will assist us immensely in reaching out to more members of the community and help improve the lives of children affected by disabilities, particularly in the impoverished rural areas,” said Uhambo Foundation General Manager Sarah Driver-Jowitt.
In Nigeria, SHE-MOVES offered a grant to female-owned Shuttlers, an app-based service the provides mobility solutions to 400 women in and around Lagos. The grant will also allow Shuttlers to help women develop critical skills for finding employment and developing their entrepreneurial visions.
“Recognizing that women are essential to community resilience and well-being, the projects funded by SHE-MOVES all have women at the heart of social enterprises, either as leaders or beneficiaries,” said Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa Managing Director Neale Hill.
SHE-MOVES is administered by the Global Water Challenge and operated as part of a partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University and World Vision International.