Every year, Roche employees join together for the Roche Children’s Walk to raise essential funds for vulnerable children worldwide. The money raised is matched by Roche and goes towards supporting projects connected to children around the world, with a focus on improving the lives of individuals and communities, both now and for a sustainable future.
Over half of the money is used to help support HIV/AIDS orphaned children in Malawi through projects run by Roche’s partner organisations – the European Coalition of Positive People (ECPP) and UNICEF Switzerland.
The funds raised have helped to implement and support the running and equipping of much needed orphan centres by ECPP where children are given food, clothing, practical skills training and the chance of a secondary school education. The children also receive training in skills such as tin-smithing, carpentry and knitting. Local community leaders and villagers are trained to competently manage these centres by ECPP, encouraging self-reliance amongst the communities we help.
A further share of the funds are used by UNICEF to support primary education by building classrooms, improving facilities and providing learning materials. Roche is also supporting UNICEF to build a teachers training college that will house more than 500 new local teachers by 2017, helping future generations in Malawi benefit from an education.
|Location||Southern Africa, Malawi|