Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in 16 African countries, donated 1000 litres of Shell Fuel Save to Restoring and Empowering Communities(REC), an organisation that promotes education among the youth, to distribute reading materials in form of textbooks, newspapers, novels, play books, among others.
Literacy levels in Uganda require additional focus at both primary and secondary education. REC works with 36 schools and has reached over 18,000 children by providing 250 reading corners to motivate children to read and by so doing, to promote a healthy reading culture. Vivo Energy Uganda joined hands with REC by providing fuel to facilitate transportation of books across the country to different districts where the reading corners are located.
While handing over the Shell Fuel Card, Cerinah Zalwango, Corporate Communications Manager Vivo Energy, said, “Education is one of our priority areas in community investment. We believe in empowering the future generation of leaders by giving them opportunities to learn. We hope that the boost we have given to this programme will increase its potential to reach many children.”
One student and beneficiary of the project and a student at Alliance High School, Fiona Namuyanja commended Vivo Energy for having interest in developing the skills of the future generation and noted that her eloquence in English and her thinking capacity have improved ever since she started participating in REC initiatives. She added “I now put my free time to better use by reading and this has not only expanded my command in English but also broadened my knowledge of the world”
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Hassan Nageeba, the Executive Director of REC, remarked that most of the educated students these days can barely sustain a meaningful conversation in English and thus the call to reach out and empower the students in literacy. She thanked Vivo Energy for the support and called on other organisations to follow suit.
The programme will establish reading corners in the districts of Mbale, Hoima, Bugiri, Jinja, Kampala and Wakiso in 2014 and plan to expand even further in 2015.
About Vivo Energy Uganda
Vivo Energy has also trained over 1,200 boda boda cyclists on road safety across the country and developed 1,200 safety ambassadors in 12 schools this year to promote behavior change on the road.
Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda for over 60 years. Vivo Energy Uganda has a storage capacity of 18,297 m³ and 116 service stations with a majority offering of Shell Cards and convenience retail stores. Vivo Energy Uganda employs 120 permanent employees but the business provides indirect employment to over 3,000 people. The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.
Vivo Energy operates in retail; commercial fuels (marine, mining and aviation through Vitol Aviation); liquefied petroleum gas and lubricants in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.
The company employs around 2,100 people and operates 1,470 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants will have blending capacity of around 91,000 metric tons at plants in seven countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal) producing Shell branded lubricants.
Vivo Energy Uganda: Communications Manager
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