Leading Peterborough-based financial services company BGL Group has revealed its latest international charity project in partnership with Build It International. Fifteen BGL volunteers will travel to Lusaka in Zambia in June 2017 to put the finishing touches to a two-laboratory science block at Linda Community School which will be wholly funded by BGL Group.
The project forms part of BGL Group’s recently launched corporate social responsibility strategy, which aims to improve the lives of over 100,000 people by 2020, working both internationally and in BGL Group’s local communities back in the UK. During that time the company intends to give £3 million to good causes and enable a total of 75,000 volunteer hours.
The aim of the international partnership with Build It International is to reduce poverty in areas that need help, with typical projects including the building of schools, education centres and health clinics. In 2016, BGL Group funded a health clinic in Kapiri, while in 2015, the company funded a school in Kabaka.
This year’s plan involves the construction of a two-laboratory science block at Linda Community School, just outside Lusaka. The science block will allow the school to offer practical Science lessons to Grade 8 & 9 pupils and enable it to become an exam centre for all Grade 9 exams. The project offers BGL the chance to change the lives of thousands of children who will receive a better education whilst also training up to 20 young, unemployed men and women in construction skills.
The company received an overwhelming number of applications from employees keen to be involved in the project. The successful 15 – including Katarina Djuric, Ben Whitehouse, Gareth Simpson, Hannah McIntosh, Amy Goodacre, Samantha Ronnay, Sherry Pestonji, Josh Daniels, Kirsty Pugh and Anne-Marie Coe, all based at BGL Group’s Peterborough head office – have each been tasked with raising at least £2,000 towards the project. The group will travel to Zambia in June next year to put the finishing touches to the science block, as well as visiting the two previously funded projects in Kapiri and Kabaka.