Cadbury, UNHCR partner to support IDPs
In a statement, the Company’s Corporate and Government Affairs Director for West Africa, Bala Yesufu, said Cadbury was moved to make the donation by the plight of IDPs living in various camps in the country.
“The gesture is in line with our corporate social responsibility (CSR) agenda, which seeks to empower the less-privileged in society,” Yesufu said.
“As a company, we believe that the IDPs require support in terms of a food drink like Bournvita that is rich in energy and essential micro-nutrients.”
He said the company is happy to partner the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in this regard, and hopes this will help in some way to provide some succour to the IDPs.
Receiving the donation on behalf of UNHCR at the Company’s head office in Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, Felicia Ejike, Senior Protection Assistant (Community Based),expressed gratitude to Cadbury, and enjoined other corporate organisations to emulate the kind gesture of Cadbury.
“As the UN Refugee Agency, we are extremely encouraged to see that the private sector is joining others to support the displaced,” UNHCR said.
“It is evident to us that we cannot do it alone. We have to join hands in solidarity of the suffering displaced families”, UNHCR added.
Cadbury Nigeria also donated products to flood disaster victims in 12 communities of Edo North, recently.
Cadbury is fully involved in CSR initiatives, and is currently executing a three-year community partnership, in collaboration with Helen Keller International (HKI), to promote good nutrition and healthy lifestyle, for over 6,000 children in nine public primary schools within its host community in Lagos.
Various stakeholders have lauded the initiative, which they noted will cause positive behavioural change among the children and their parents.