Speaking during a signing ceremony yesterday between the two institutions, Minister of Community Development and Social Services Pamela Kabamba said the partnership is critical as it supports government’s programs.
The government has an ambitious development agenda especially in education and health. Government cannot achieve this ambition without the support of all Zambian NGOs, the private sector and stakeholders at large,” Ms Kabamba said.
And Barclays Bank Managing Director Mizinga Melu disclosed that an initial sum of K1.1 million had been injected in the partnership to facilitate a number of projects amongst them the construction of 1 by 3 classroom block at Chipapa Secondary School in Chongwe district.
She added that the partnership will also enable the bank distribute sanitary towels to adolescent girls, a move that would enable them not to stay out of school during menstrual cycles.
Mrs Melu further disclosed that the partnership would run for three years which will see 2019 being utilized for planning and identifying areas of corporation with World Vision.
Meanwhile, World Vision Zambia Country Director John Hasse praised Barclays Bank’s desire to contribute to the well-being of society through such a partnership.
Mr. Hasse said the gesture goes beyond money as it involves trust between the two parties and that it would further enable the institution reach out to more vulnerable people in various communities around the country.
Barclays Bank and World Vision signed a memorandum of understanding that would see the two institutions work together for three years in various projects.
The partnership would also facilitate training of school leavers using the Barclays Bank’s Ready-to-Work portal and train community savings groups in financial literacy.