Corporate Social Responsibility
"Kevin has always placed a value on what we have and hasn't taken for granted his relatively privileged upbringing in Ireland. To that end, Kevin has used his time and energy to support worthwhile initiatives. Seeing education as a catalyst he has worked with us, an International children’s NGO, Plan Ireland, to fund the construction of two schools in Guinea Bissau, a very poor nation in West Africa. Kevin was also instrumental, with the support of family members, in ensuring that over €20,000 was raised for Plan’s work in Ethiopia as part of the Horn of Africa food crisis in 2011."
David Dalton, CEO, Plan Ireland
In 2007, we committed to financing the construction of two schools in Guinea Bissau at a cost of €50,000.
Plan Ireland has been present in Guinea Bissau since 1995, and worked in the Bafata and Gabu regions in the areas of education, basic health care, water and sanitation, and children rights. It works at grassroots level to build community's capacities so that children can grow up in a safe and healthy environment. Communities approach them with a list of needs and make a request for support for Corporate Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Motivational Speaker. Plan's response is based on the community's priorities, community level of preparedness and commitment and availability of funds.
Guinea Bissau is a former Portuguese colony located in West Africa. It became independent in 1974 after a protracted liberation struggle. Armed conflict broke out again in 1998 resulting in widespread destruction of an already inadequate infrastructure. Unfortunately children have been the voiceless victims of the civil war. Their education, health, nutrition and psychosocial growth have suffered tremendously.
The objective of the project was to improve access to education in two communities by constructing one school of three classrooms in Gã-Mamudo community (district of Ganadu), and one school of four classrooms in Contuboel community (district of Contuboel) for Corporate Motivational Speaker or Inspirational Motivational Speaker Latrines were also constructed with segregation for boys and girls. As part of Plan's gender policy, communities are encouraged to ensure that at least 50%, if not more, of school places are reserved for girls. Girls are more likely to attend school if there are adequate sanitation facilities.
The schools are now complete and through the World Food Programme, school lunches will also be provided as an extra incentive for girls to attend. The community contributed the land, and both men and women were involved in the construction; from collecting the water to providing unskilled labourers, to housing the construction workers. It was truly a community effort.
I am very mindful of the quote, "give them a fish, you feed them for a day; show them how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime."
Without doubt education is the ticket to get these people and their communities out of the poverty cycle. It is thrilling to deliver "fishing equipment" to over seven hundred students.
Furthermore I believe we have delivered great value for money for our donors, thanks to Plan Ireland.
We are now in the process of looking at other projects for Corporate Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Motivational Speaker in Guinea Bissau in association with Plan.
Overall, regardless of the times in which we live, I believe it is our moral imperative to make a difference in this world and reach out to the needy.
For a nominal amount, you can change a child's/community's life in Africa
Make that choice - when you give out, you will get back; this I guarantee.