General Electric ECDP volunteers
Over five hundred children in Makoko community on Saturday, August 16, 2015 received vaccination against typhoid fever and were tested for malaria and treated when necessary.
This was part of a CSR initiative by General Electric’s Early Career Development Programme (ECDP) Leaders.
The health and education project was carried out in partnership with Slum2School, a volunteer-driven organization which provides education and psycho-social support for disadvantaged children in slums and remote communities.
“The ECDP class for every year is expected to make an impact in the community. So this year, we felt the best way to help would be to focus on health and education. So we got in contact with Slum2School to see a way we can partner to reach the less privileged,” Sandra Nelson, an ECDP participant said.
The project also includes provision of scholarship for ten children and mosquito nets to be distributed in the community itself.
The children were not the only beneficiaries of the project. At the Adekunle Anglican Primary School Venue were adults, most of them parents, who came to be tested and treated for malaria. There was also a series of short talks educating the parents on malaria and typhoid, transmission, treatment and prevention.
A cheque of N1.1m was presented to slum2school, representing how much was needed to fund the project.
Anthonia Eboh, another ECDP participant explained that the fund had been raised internally from the GE team. “I see this as a programme that will continue because of the feedback we’ve gotten and because of the structure that slum2school as an organisation has, catering for the needs and building up future leaders and that’s what GE is about: supporting society, creating development and change with the technology that we have,” she added.
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Source:: PM Newspaper