Liberty Global is joining the Dutch UNICEF Business Buddies scheme and helping children in the Côte d’Ivoire attend school.
The Plastic Bricks project not only stimulates education in Côte d’Ivoire, but also works towards a creating a cleaner environment. The West African country suffers from a huge waste problem. The country’s capital Abidjan alone produces 288,000 kilos of plastic every day. The UNICEF recycling plant buys plastic waste (largely directly from women) for a fair price, and transforms some of this waste into plastic building bricks. Moreover, UNICEF trains mothers and youngsters in the collection, safe storage and processing of plastic waste. The building blocks created in the recycling plant are used for the construction of classrooms. Currently, 1.6 million children in Côte d’Ivoire are not able to attend school.
‘We are pleased to be working with Liberty Global” says Joliene Heimgartner of UNICEF Netherlands. ‘With their assistance, UNICEF can ensure more children in Côte d’Ivoire attend school and benefit from an education.’
David Wagenborg, VP Connectivity & B2B at Liberty Global added, ‘As an employer of young talents, we consider the development of children to be extremely important and we want to help improve access to opportunities for all those in need. UNICEF is a perfect partner that provides assistance to the most vulnerable on a global scale.’
The UNICEF Business Buddies programme was launched specifically for the Dutch business community www.unicef.nl/businessbuddies
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Liberty Global also has a long-standing relationship with Street Child. The NGO is dedicated to empowering vulnerable children through education in some of the world’s toughest places.