The charity Formación Senegal provides schools and vocational training for African children and young people in the Louga region of Senegal, a rural area of the African Sahel with difficult geosocial conditions. “We build, coordinate and support educational projects and any initiative related to training”, explained the president of Formación Senegal, Toni Zamorano.
To contribute to the education and learning development of these African children and young people, it is often necessary to correct problems with their sight. Specsavers Opticas in Javea and Calpe has been doing its bit towards this cause since 2016. So far, they have donated approximately 600 glasses as part of the “Empresas con Corazón” initiative. Zamorano pointed out that “the glasses are being given to people in the Louga region of in Senegal. As an NGO, we send containers of humanitarian material, so we have our own logistics for the shipments. Together with the local area coordinators we distribute the glasses to people who need them the most.
Mike Stone, Director of Specsavers Opticas in Javea and Calpe explained; “We have been collecting glasses since opening in 2006, however our long term collaborator stopped supporting the cause and we didn’t want the donations of glasses to go to waste. A chance comment in store from an employee of the Javea store, who was close friends with one of the charity organisers, has led to forging this new partnership. It will be great to see and hear first-hand, the results of how our customers’ kind donations will help people in Senegal.”
The charity focusses on the two fundamental issues in West Africa, health and education, in order to improve the lives of people in this region. Formación Senegal does not have public funding, so its funding comes from private companies that are aware of the importance of supporting charitable projects.
“We are working hard to raise the awareness of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the benefits it can have for the business and the world at large. “Empresas con Corazón” (Companies with Heart) is made up of companies committed to working together on specific projects with tangible outcomes which will have long-term benefits for the people of Senegal. Any contribution, of any kind, is welcome, and 100% of donations go straight to the projects.” commented Zamorano.
To learn more about Formación Senegal, visit their website www.formacionsenegal.org
To donate glasses for this project visit Specsavers Opticas in Jávea or Calpe www.specsavers.es