Our Foundation Committee meets annually in order to select the programmes we will support. We focus on five key areas: child protection, vocational training, economic development assistance, preservation of cultural and natural heritage and safeguarding the lifestyles of indigenous peoples.
In addition, we also look to support emergency relief efforts in the face of large natural and humanitarian disasters. We spend almost 15% of our budget each year on emergency humanitarian aid.
Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO) was created in 2004 for the protection and education of disadvantaged children, and to help promote the economic development of local communities.
The association works to transform urban slums on a large scale by supporting the provision of drinking water, free quality education and a women's entrepreneurship programme.
In Nairobi, SHOFCO manages two schools in Kibera and Mathare, two of the largest slums in the world, enabling 500 girls aged 3 to 15 to attend school and improve their living conditions.
We contribute to financing school, medical and canteen fees, as well as providing financial support for families. In 2019, our commitment amounts to £3,000.
We’re working to improve the living standards of village communities in the province of Jose Manuel Pando, where 98% of the population live in poverty. We support the ‘Weave the Future’ project, which trains local farmers to turn wool into high quality local crafts and textile products which they can sell to supplement their income.
Due to climate change, the number of mangroves in India’s Sunderbans region is rapidly declining. Our project aims to plant more than 16 million mangrove trees to protect the local communities’ homes and farmland from flooding and to restore local biodiversity. So far, over 11,100 acres have been replanted, positively impacting 250,000 locals and counteracting 700,000 tonnes of CO2.