SANNE staff raise £60,000 for Liberian schools project

09 September 2014

Sanne staff are pleased to announce that they have successfully raised £60,000 to fund a project led by Children in Crisis in Liberia. These funds were raised from payroll deductions and through activities such as the London Marathon and the Prudential cycle ride along the Olympic route. This was a collective initiative and supported by staff from across Sanne’s network of offices.

The objective of the project was to increase the amount of time that primary children could attend class and so better their chances of learning to read and write. This was to be achieved by removing those issues that most get in the way: fragile and unsafe school buildings and sickness. Classes were frequently disrupted as school structures could not withstand strong winds or heavy rains (it rains about 5 times as much as in Jersey!) and sickness leads to absenteeism.

Children in Crisis identified four communities in rural Liberia where community leaders and parents were keen to improve facilities. Together, work was undertaken to make the existing school buildings safer, cleaner and waterproof as well as for the building of toilet blocks for boys and girls and the installation of water pumps. As a consequence, the children can remain in class during rain storms, they no longer run into the bush to relieve themselves and they have water to both wash their hands and to drink. Instances of diarrhoea are beginning to fall which is of massive importance in the context of a country where this treatable condition is the number one killer of children under nine.

Sanne has chosen to focus its giving on three areas of which Children and Youth is primary. It selected five charities which deal exclusively with children’s issues across the world and has built a relationship with them over the last six years. Children in Crisis tackles the challenges of education in post-conflict countries and, in particular, the hardest to reach communities where few other NGOs venture.

Sanne’s staff were pleased to receive a handwritten letter of thanks from Children in Crisis’ founder, Sarah, Duchess of York in which she wrote that “Your support as a company will change lives”.

Dean Godwin, CEO of Sanne said “I am delighted that through our efforts we have been able to contribute to improvements which will have a positive effect on the health and future of some of the world’s most deprived children. We chose well in working with Children in Crisis and thank them for their expertise and commitment. I am also of course proud of Sanne’s staff who took on the challenge of raising these funds and not only delivered but also exceeded the target.”

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