Since 2019, Agility Sri Lanka has worked with the Sri Lankan Army to support the refurbishment of a school that hosts 174 students in a remote northern village that houses internally displaced persons.
The team started by hiring a construction crew to rebuild the school’s washroom facility and added water filters for clean drinking water. In 2020, they started to build a classroom and computer lab, outfitted the room, repaired and purchased nine computers, and installed Wi-Fi routers.
The students were previously learning outdoors, with only the shade of a tree to shield them from the sun and heavy rains, and would miss a lot of school days due to the shifting weather. The Sri Lankan Army takes on many similar projects to support the community and Agility Sri Lanka has been a major asset in contributing to the success of this incredible initiative.
Agility, a leading global logistics provider, and Aflatoun International, an NGO specializing in life skills and financial education around the world, announced a partnership that will increase educational opportunities for more than 560,000 students, with at least half of the opportunities created for female students.
Agility’s support will fund the development and translation of Aflatoun’s “AflaYouth” financial literacy and entrepreneurship curriculum into Arabic, French, Spanish and Russian. “AflaYouth”gives students, aged 16-24, access to both online and in-person training, support, mentoring and learning during their transition into the formal labor market, or as they launch an entrepreneurial career. Aflatoun will also develop teachers’ training manuals for the curriculum.
“AflaYouth” will be provided to Aflatoun’s network of more than 50 NGOs in 30 countries in the Middle East, North and West Africa, Central and South America and East Europe. Trainings on the curriculum will be provided to NGO partners and local educators, who in turn educate underprivileged youth in the communities where they operate. Trainings will take place both in-person and online, giving Aflatoun the flexibility to reach partners around the world.
Frank Clary, Agility’s Vice President for Sustainability, said: “Agility’s support means that Aflatoun’s partner NGOs will be able to implement educational programming for refugees and underprivileged local populations in a context and language that’s relevant to them. Since 2014, Agility has supported the education of 68,000 students around the world and this partnership with Aflatoun gives even more students the opportunity to have an education. Aflatoun empowers local communities to create development opportunities through education.”
Roeland Monasch, CEO of Afltaoun International, said: “The skills taught in this program are especially relevant in this time of economic uncertainties. One of the strengths of our programs is that they can be contextualized to local needs and circumstances. Therefore, it has become even more relevant that our AflaYouth Books will be translated into other languages. Thus, we can deliver our-quality curricula to more young people across different regions of the world. We hope that this project is a great start of a long-term partnership with such a successful company as Agility.”
Agility has a globally recognized sustainability program, covering humanitarian logistics, community volunteerism, fair labor and environmental sustainability. Agility is part of the FTSE4Good Index Series, a resource used by investors to identify companies around the world with strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. Agility is also ranked in the top 10% of all companies and the top 4% of the logistics industry for overall sustainability performance by EcoVadis. Since 2006, Agility has completed more than 1,950 community education, health or environment projects affecting more than one million people in 90 countries.
Agility India supported several different organizations and schools with educational and health initiatives in 2020, reaching more than 650 individuals with their contributions.
In longstanding partnerships with the St. Joseph’s Night School, Seed Foundation, and the Pathway Foundation, Agility India supported more than 200 individuals through donating laptops, providing soft skills computer training, paying teachers’ salaries and fees, and donating essential food items to families supported by the organizations.
Many students were unable to read when first joining the Seed Foundation. In 2020, several students received a score of 70% in their national exams due to Agility India’s massive support over the years in tutoring students of all ages.
Agility India also supported more than 400 students at local schools in two villages near Pune; part of its initiative to help develop rural schools. The Agility volunteers worked with the school administration to set up a water purifier to ensure safe drinking water, installed solar panels on school grounds to help reduce electricity costs by nearly 60%, outfitted a science lab and a computer lab, and built washroom facilities to help encourage female students to continue their secondary education studies.
The India team also worked with Samarthanam, a local nonprofit for the visually impaired, to administer training sessions to 30 young adults on CV writing and conduct mock interviews for them to prepare for job interviews in the future. Agility India also worked with global team members, recruiting more than 80 employee volunteers to record audiobooks in Arabic, French, Spanish, and English for visually impaired youth and adults benefitting from Samarthanam’s library.
In addition to supporting the Dilasa Karyashala organization to distribute essential items to families of disabled children seeking support from the organization during COVID-19 lockdowns.
The Agility India team spent some time with a local school and distributed notebooks and school supplies to over 900 underprivileged students. In addition, Agility has also helped fund a night school that has helped educate over 300 students. Local Agility team members also volunteer as tutors to help teach these students important IT skills.
Agility and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced a partnership that will strengthen the delivery of essential services to refugees in Malaysia, establishing pilot programs in Johor and Penang to bring critically needed services to more than 12,000 refugees. The services include refugee card renewal, access to essential information related to protection, and to receive counseling on available services. The pilot program will help extend support to more than 12,000 refugees, most of them Rohingyas from Myanmar. With local engagement and support, Agility and UNHCR will eliminate the need for vulnerable refugees to travel 300+ kilometers from their homes to Kuala Lumpur to have access to vital services, including refugee card renewal.
Responding to the Taal Volcano eruption in January 2020, Agility worked closely with the Philippines Red Cross to provide relief goods to nearly 24,000 evacuees in the City of Batangas. Two 6-wheeler trucks were deployed for two weeks, distributing relief items to numerous evacuation centers across Batangas City.
From September 2019 until February 2020, Australia battled the biggest bushfire crisis in its history. The bushfires had a devastating effect on Australia, burning through an estimated 13 million hectares of land, killed hundreds of millions of animals, and displaced thousands of people. Agility ran a global fundraising drive, raising money for the Australian Red Cross. Agility’s donation helped the Australian Red Cross support recovery through practical and emotional support services. Agility collected and matched donations from employees through the Australian Red Cross to support people in need of assistance.
Agility Malaysia worked with MyKasih Foundation, a local non-profit organization, to sponsor 50 economically challenged primary school students, ages 9 through 12, for one year; providing them with books, stationery and meals.
MyKasih Foundation is a local non-profit that provides food aid, health awareness, financial literacy programs, education, and skills training programs to underprivileged children in Malaysian communities.