Through its community investment programme, Vivo Energy Uganda, the distributor of Shell fuels and lubricants in Uganda, has donated 50 desks and 100 solar lamps to the Police Children’s School candidate class, in preparation for their primary leaving examinations. The school is one of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) supervised schools and is currently operating with limited furniture.

Today, approximately 800 million people in the world lack access to reliable lighting with many in Uganda relying on kerosene and candles as their main source of lighting. This constrains children’s study and results in dimness, indoor air pollution, fire risks and a high marginal cost of usage. Solar energy is an excellent alternative to fossil fuels like coal because it is practically emission free and environmentally safe.

Vivo Energy’s community investment efforts are focused on road safety, education and the environment, and the company is driving a number of high-impact community initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people in these three areas.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, at the Police Children’s School, Vivo Energy Managing Director Hans Paulsen reiterated that education is one of our priority areas in community investment, saying: “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 school will increase its potential to reach many children.”

Mr Paulsen further noted that Vivo Energy is actively involved in community investment programmes where it operates, including donation of solar lamps to primary children in rural areas, creating road safety ambassadors in primary schools through road safety education as well as training boda boda riders, taxi drivers, Uganda Police and bus drivers on road safety.

“We have around 50 service stations around Kampala and most of these have neighbouring schools. We have partnered with KCCA to ensure that there is a condusive learning environment for children in those schools.” concluded Paulsen.

Jennifer Musisi, Executive Director, of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) said: “Our greatest thanks to Vivo Energy Uganda for reaching out to support our needy children in school. We are looking after many children in these UPE schools whose needs in terms of sanitation and scholastic materials calls for a lot of support. We thank Vivo Energy for standing with us by providing desks and other solar lamps to the Police Children’s School.”

The children and staff of the Police Primary School expressed extreme gratitude to Vivo Energy for this gesture.

Notes to editors:

With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business 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 since 1953.

Vivo Energy Uganda has a fuels storage capacity of 17,500 m³ and 127 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.

Vivo Energy Uganda employs around 120 employees. The company is recognised as a leader in the oil industry, championing and setting standards for safety.

Vivo Energy provides high quality solutions for motorists and businesses in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops and other non-fuel services (e.g. oil change and car wash). For businesses it provides fuels, lubricants and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, and manufacturing. Jet fuel is sold to airports through customers at 23 airports through a partnership with Vitol Aviation.

The company employs around 2,300 people, operates over 1,700 retail service stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic metres of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 125,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.

Media Contact:

Jean Mugisha

Vivo Energy Uganda

Tel: +256 776 754100

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