Washington, D.C., September 27, 2013 /3BL Media/ – This week, The Dow Chemical Company, in collaboration with CDC Development Solutions (CDS), fielded 35 talented employees to offer pro bono consulting to local nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs, government agencies and educational institutions in Ghana.
TransCanada employees share their experiences while on secondment in Ghana and Zambia
It’s not every day that your employer serves you fried caterpillars with lunch.
But it’s what TransCanada employee Tim Hirtle recently ate while working with Forest Fruits Ltd., a company that produces Zambezi Gold organic honey and provides a sustainable income to more than 6,000 beekeepers in rural Zambia.
“They make lunch every day for all the workers. The owner’s wife is a nurse, so she makes sure to balance the nutritional content of the lunches throughout the week,” says Tim. “I totally just ate fried caterpillar with lunch today.”
Today, 780 million individuals still live without access to clean and safe water sources. Two and a half billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities. One billion people defecate in the open. Is that too much information?
Which leads me to ask why do I, or you as a business professional, care?
Courtenay Fields, a member of our sales team from North Carolina, served as a Connecting Hearts Abroad ambassador in Tanzania in 2011—the first year of our global volunteer program that deploys Lilly employees from around the world to serve in impoverished communities for two weeks. Can 14 days really make a difference? We think so. But you decide after reading her story.
With a growing proportion of Ghana’s GDP devoted to health care, and with the cost associated with the delivery of medicines and other health services on the rise, The Ghanaian Ministry of Health had a problem. Actually, a few:
In 2012, 91 GSK employees spent up to six months with 51 non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in 26 countries in our PULSE program. These volunteers brought needed expertise to organizations working to address serious societal challenges in the health, education and the environment.