MSC Foundation announced today that to date it has raised €10 million for UNICEF thanks to the generous contributions of MSC Cruises’ guests.
Since 2009, the MSC Group and UNICEF have partnered in life-changing projects to fight malaria in Africa, provide an education for children living in the slums of Brazil and combat child malnutrition, saving 100,000 young lives. During this period the funds raised were used to provide malnourished children with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) such as Plumpy’ Nut® and to date more than 6.5 million sachets of RUTF have been delivered to children in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia and Malawi.
MSC Foundation most recent project together is in the Ivory Coast.
Recycling plastic waste to support children’s education and improve women’s employment, that’s what we’re supporting UNICEF to achieve in Ivory Coast, fostering a women-empowering recycling market that makes plastic waste into innovative low-cost bricks to build much-needed modern classrooms.
At present, only 5% of plastic waste is recycled in Ivory Coast, a country where 46% of households live below the poverty line and 2 million children are out of school because of poverty and lack of classrooms. The MSC Foundation’s new project with UNICEF addresses all three of these problem areas simultaneously, aiming to lift 60 women waste collectors out of poverty by creating a recycling market to make 880,000 kg of plastic waste into innovative bricks and build 152 modern classrooms for over 8,300 out-of-school children by 2021.
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