The Agility Bangladesh team organized green initiatives to commemorate annual Earth Day celebrations for 500 students.
With Agility’s support over the past five years, UNHCR was able to help people in Malaysia, Jordan, Lebanon and Uganda with basic needs, from livelihoods, education to health interventions.
Since 2010, Agility Pakistan has donated to The Citizens’ Foundation’s (TCF), funding campus activities for students at local schools across Pakistan.
In 2019, Agility Pakistan covered 54% of the running costs for Saya Campus, located in Steel Town. The funding helped support administrative costs, school activities, field monitoring, and teacher training and transportation for 210 students. With Agility’s support, the Saya Campus was able to ensure that children from low income families living in the area receive good quality, affordable education, and also provides employment opportunities for school faculty. Our long-term support has meant support for close to 1,000 students over the last 9 years.
In 2020, Agility Pakistan covered the cost of uniforms and books for 200 students enrolled in the 20-21 academic year.
In 2021, Agility Pakistan supported training for teachers employed by TCF to give quality education to students across Pakistan. Agility also initiated a partnership with the Saylani Welfare International Trust, a local nonprofit, to support more than 100 women receive textile training with guaranteed job placement opportunities.
Pakistan houses the world’s second largest out of school population. TCF is a professionally managed, non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens concerned with the dismal state of education in Pakistan. It is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of formal education. As of 2014, TCF has established 1,000 purpose-built school units across 100 towns and cities, providing education to 145,000 students.
Agility E-Services Center employees oversaw the reconstruction and refurbishment of a local school and paid for the teachers’ salaries; which led to an increase in enrollment from 46 to 315 student within three years.
As part of an ongoing education partnership that started in 2018, Agility E-Services helped the school build washrooms and a hand-washing station, donated sports equipment, planted trees, painted murals on the outer walls of the school, and donated benches and desks as the student headcount grew. As well, with Agility’s support, Kuknoor School was able to hire eight English teachers and school attendants, with Agility paying the salaries for the additional staff. Students attending the school now have a better chance of competing with private school students for further education in the future.
Since 2019, Agility Indonesia has worked with local high schools in need of assistance, donating more than 85 computers and laptops to support digital education and distant learning for nearly 500 students.
The Indonesia office supported Open High School in Depok, West Java, Indonesia in 2019 by outfitting a computer lab with 15 computers at a local high school. Agility Indonesia continued its partnership with the high school, providing 40 additional laptops in 2020 for students to continue their education while social distancing. In 2021, Agility Indonesia located two high schools and offered internet connectivity and 30 laptops for students to be able to complete their education.
Due to COVID-19, school started shutting down worldwide, making it difficult for students to continue studying without any form of digital applications and equipment available. Agility Indonesia donated laptops for students who were unable to afford them, to be able to continue their education on a rotational basis. The students were able to take their national exams and communicate with their teachers while learning basic computer skills.
Agility Bangladesh supported the Gulshan Literacy Program by setting up internet connection, donating laptops and photocopiers, and training teachers on how to administer online training programs to 500 students practicing distant learning due to COVID-19.
Since 2016, the Agility Bangladesh team has partnered with the Gulshan Literacy Program, targeting 500 unprivileged children attending local schools. Through this program, 12 Agility volunteers usually contribute their time to offer students in two different schools lessons in English, general knowledge, and computer skills. The volunteers would visit each school four hours a week over the course of three months, during the semester; and have reached more than 2,500 students since the start of the program.
The Gulshan Literacy Program is built on the principle of equal access to education for all slum-children and is dependent on donor funds. This partnership aligns with Agility’s vision of creating long-term partnerships to benefit children’s lives through equal opportunity education.
Logistics company donations will fund refugee outreach center and job matching
KUWAIT – July 7, 2021 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has renewed its partnership agreement with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to help fund programmes supporting vulnerable refugees in Jordan and Malaysia.
The partnership renewal will support UNHCR’s outreach center activities in Johor, Malaysia, where refugees receive shelter, healthcare, education, skills training and other critical services. The center, which has been supported by Agility since 2020, will assist an estimated 12,000+ refugees, most of whom are Rohingya. Over 50 Malaysian community organizations operate out of the center, which Agility helps fund. The centers provide health, education and other services, in addition to registering and documenting refugees and teaching community leadership and other skills.
In Jordan, Agility’s donation will help UNHCR’s Job Matching programme, linking 180+ refugees with potential employers. Through this programme, UNHCR arranges interviews and places refugees in agriculture and construction jobs or other livelihood opportunities. UNHCR also provides mentorship and career advisory sessions as part of the programme.
Henadi Al-Saleh, Agility Chairperson, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has made an already challenging refugee situation worse. UNHCR has been active throughout the pandemic, working to help millions of refugees around the world, and we’re proud to help populations that are in need in Malaysia and Jordan. Agility has been a long-time supporter of UNHCR’s activities and programmes.”
Dr. Samer Haddadin, Representative of UNHCR Kuwait Office, said, “What was difficult before the pandemic has now worsened; refugees struggle to find steady employment, have limited access to health services and lack access to education. With Agility’s generous support, we will be able to help refugees in Jordan find jobs to support their families, and continue outreach activities in Malaysia, and strengthen community-based protection works by expanding community outreach services in carrying out extensive works on community development, comprehensive case management and strengthening peaceful co-existence.”
Globally, Agility helps those affected by natural disasters and other crises by providing supply chain expertise and resources in collaboration with commercial partners, relief groups and international institutions. In the past, Agility has supported UNHCR’s work in the Middle East, by assisting more than 490 Syrian refugee families (close to 2,500 individuals) through fundraising and donations. To find out more about Agility’s sustainability activities, visit http://sustainability.agility.com.
Agility is a global logistics company with $5.3 billion in annual revenue and 26,000+ employees in more than 100 countries. It is one of the world’s top freight forwarding and contract logistics providers, and a leader and investor in technology to enhance supply chain efficiency. Agility is a pioneer in emerging markets and one of the largest private owners and developers of warehousing and light industrial parks in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Agility’s subsidiary companies offer fuel logistics, airport services, commercial real estate and facilities management, customs digitization, and remote infrastructure services.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. We lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. We deliver life-saving assistance, help safeguard fundamental human rights, and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place called home where they can build a better future. We also work to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality. We work in over 130 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.
For more information: Raefah Makki Head of Campaign and Advocacy Team, UNHCR [email protected]
2020 has been an extraordinary year. Because of COVID-19, millions of children around the world have not been able to attend school. This year, we pivoted our education partnerships to focus on digital access to education to give kids a chance to continue their studies, even in the most difficult circumstances. This short video gives you an overview of how Agility teams around the world have helped make an impact.