Global express and logistics company DHL has today presented learning equipment and presented internship opportunities to the Zawadi Africa Education fund. These will go a long way in contributing towards the education and employability of academically superior but financially disadvantaged African girls.
Under the partnership, DHL Kenya will contribute 5 laptops and will also avail the expertise of its employees to build competencies and skills at a personal and professional level, providing both career and life advice to the young girls.
The Zawadi Africa Educational Fund is a leadership development program that provides university scholarships and leadership development and life-skills training for academically gifted but financially disadvantaged African girls, with the objective of developing a pipeline of young African women leaders.
In a statement, DHL Express Managing Director for Kenya Mr. Alan Cassels said apart from empowering the girls intellectually, the initiative will add value and prepare the girls for the job market, which will go a long way in contributing towards the employability of the girls.
"We are here to help. This initiative will bridge the gap within the transitional phase of high school to that of an independent productive member of the society," said Alan.
The donation is part of DHL's comprehensive corporate social responsibility program structured along three pillars namely; Go Teach, for support of education activities; Go Green, for the environment; and Go Help, disaster management and prevention.
"We are confident that this donation will be a major boost to our efforts as Zawadi Africa in empowering the African girl child to be further empowered and equipped to make significant contributions to their communities. We are grateful to DHL for their worthy contribution and we look forward to furthering this partnership to enable us equip the girls with world-class education, and the right character development," said Ms Ann Kyoya , Zawadi Africa Education Fund Executive Director.
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