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ExxonMobil Announces New Community Investment Initiative; Programs in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Caspian
IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 2005--Exxon Mobil
Corporation (NYSE:XOM) today announced a new community investment
initiative, Educating Women and Girls. An extension of ExxonMobil's
longstanding support for education, this multi-year initiative will
fund numerous education projects for women and girls in the developing
ExxonMobil will spend $3 million in 2005, the first year of this
program. Today's announcement includes the initiative's first nine
grants that will fund projects in Angola, Chad, Kazakhstan, Qatar and
Indonesia, as well as two projects with a global focus. This most
recent community initiative complements ExxonMobil's ongoing efforts
to support the communities where it operates, including its signature
Africa Health Initiative, a $10 million-a-year program.
"The research is clear that improvements in education and
increased opportunities for women and girls serve as a foundation for
economic growth, development and societal progress. We believe this
initiative will support international development goals and have a
profound and lasting impact on individuals, their families and the
communities where we operate around the world," said Rex Tillerson,
President, Exxon Mobil Corporation.
World Bank studies confirm that, when all of the benefits are
taken into account, programs directed to educating women and girls
yield a higher rate of return than any other community investment
available in the developing world. Educated women are healthier and
less likely to die in childbirth than women with little or no
schooling. The children of educated mothers are more likely to
survive, to go to school and to be healthier because of better
nutrition and immunization rates. Educating women and girls has also
been shown to help lower infant and child mortality rates, prevent the
diseases associated with poor sanitation, and prevent the spread of
Africa Health Initiative
Since 2000, ExxonMobil's Africa Health Initiative has focused on
drug research and development, advocacy for increased international
awareness and resources, and support for on-the-ground community
projects to promote malaria prevention, education and treatment. The
initiative leverages public-private partnerships and collaborations
through the ExxonMobil Foundation and in-country ExxonMobil
affiliates. Some 70 percent of the Africa Health Initiative's grants
go to community projects run by international and local organizations
with proven track records in the delivery of anti-malaria programs at
a local level. In January 2005 ExxonMobil announced more than $5
million in new Africa Health Initiative grants.
One of the simplest and most cost-effective means of malaria
prevention in Africa today is the insecticide-treated bed-net, and
ExxonMobil has funded bed-net distribution in Angola, Cameroon, Chad,
Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia. In an ongoing
partnership with the Academy of Educational Development's USAID-funded
NetMark project, ExxonMobil supports the "Help Us Help" campaign,
which uses the Mobil retail service station network in affected
countries to encourage bed-net use and enable the distribution of
subsidized nets to pre- and post-natal women. ExxonMobil also
supported the planning and start-up of anti-malaria bed-net production
at a local textile mill in Tanzania.
"This is more than a bed-net program. It engages our customers and
our communities to take actions regarding their own health," said Dr.
Stephen Phillips, ExxonMobil Medical Director for Global Issues and
Projects. "We're also building local capacity to develop and deliver
these services within the African community."
While malaria is the focus of this initiative, other
health-related projects are funded where there is significant
identified local need.
ExxonMobil has invested nearly $12 billion in African countries
over the last five years alone and has been a long-time supporter of
transparency and capacity-building initiatives on the continent.
ExxonMobil has operated in Africa for more than 100 years.
ExxonMobil Educating Women and Girls
2005 Grant Awards: Phase One
The first Educating Women and Girls grants total US$1.6 million
for nine projects in six countries where ExxonMobil has significant
operations. The company worked with governments, communities, and
local and international non-governmental organizations to identify and
develop projects that improve access and remove barriers to education
and economic empowerment for women and girls. The projects address
locally identified areas of significant need, are culturally aligned
with their target communities and aim to have long-lasting community
benefits. The remaining grants in this $3 million program are under
development and will be awarded later in the year.
Global - CEDPA
International scholarships for 25 female managers of community
organizations in selected developing countries to attend a one-month
training course in Washington, DC. The course will provide instruction
on 'how to run an NGO' (financial and resource management, needs
assessments, human resource management, etc.) as well as an ongoing
mentoring program and an alumni network.
Global - Vital Voices
Support for the leadership training of female business and
political leaders from emerging nations. This training teaches
selected individuals to help build strong economies and support
democracy by focussing on expanding women's roles in politics and
civil society, increasing successful women's entrepreneurship, and
fighting trafficking in women and girls.
The construction and resourcing of up to 24 community schools and
classrooms in Kwanza Sul Province. The community school model
leverages significant local community involvement in school
construction, management, and teacher selection to ensure that schools
are safe, accessible and free, eliminating some of the most prevalent
obstacles to girls attending school. The program seeks out girls who
are currently out of school and targets the underlying causes of their
Chad - UNICEF
The "child friendly" reconstruction and enhancement of 36 primary
schools in Chad. This project employs a systematic methodology to
ensure that each school removes barriers and disincentives for female
attendance. Focus areas include providing classroom infrastructure and
teaching materials, improved teacher training, improved safety, and
adequate drinking water and latrine facilities. The project encourages
community involvement and education and pursues targeted strategies to
reach out-of-school girls.
Indonesia - Pakta Foundation, Yayasan Garis Tepi, Yayasan Dharma
Two projects focused on business development, micro-enterprise and
skills development for women in post-tsunami Aceh. The projects will
target out-of-work women and enhance their earning potential with
business consultation, technical assistance and workshops on product
development and marketing (e.g. handicraft market development). A
third project will refurbish a training center in Bojonegoro Regency
and provide computer training and English lessons for women.
Kazakhstan - USAID
The establishment of an Enterprise Development Center in Astana.
The center, co-housed with a micro-finance organization, will provide
potential entrepreneurs with strategic counseling services and
training in financial management, marketing, and human resource
management. With a focus on women owned and operated enterprises, the
project will work to improve business capabilities, expand activities
and create new jobs.
Qatar - Qatar Foundation, Social Development Center
An education and training program for women aged 19-45 who wish to
enter the workforce. The training will build core workplace, business
and life skills and prepare participants for the job search,
interviewing, entering the workforce and interacting in the workplace.
The program is targeted at women who are living in poverty and have
limited formal education and/or previous employment. There will be
three five-week courses per year.
ExxonMobil Africa Health Initiative
2005 Grant Awards include:
Academy for Educational Development / Netmark: To run the
successful Help Us Help campaign in Cameroon, Ghana and Zambia. The
campaign teaches preventative actions and distributes discount
vouchers for long-lasting insecticide-treated bed-nets to pregnant
Africare: For community-based malaria intervention and early
treatment in Angola (particularly focussed on refugees and internally
displaced persons). The project includes community education on
prevention and case management, volunteer training, and the provision
of anti-malarial drugs and literature.
American Red Cross: For bed-net distribution in conjunction with
national measles vaccination campaigns in Equatorial Guinea and Chad.
Every adult who accompanies a child under five years to the
vaccination post will receive a free bed-net.
Programme Germano Cameronais Sante / Sida: Community education
relating to safe water and sanitation (cholera prevention) in
disadvantaged communities in Cameroon.
Harvard Malaria Initiative: To research the mechanisms and
genomics of the African malaria parasite, to identify novel drug
targets, and to train African scientists in anti-malarial drug
Medicines for Malaria Venture: To support the development and
discovery of new malaria drugs.
Medisend International: For the supply of medical, surgical,
diagnostic and therapeutic medical supplies and equipment to hospitals
in need in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.
MENTOR (Malaria Emergency Technical and Operational Support): To
build the capacity of Angolan emergency health providers by
disseminating and developing standardized use of Roll Back Malaria
best practice in malaria prevention, diagnosis and case management.
Population Services International (PSI): For social marketing of
long-lasting insecticide-treated bed-nets in Angola and Cameroon.
Project Hope: For a 'Village Health Bank' pilot program in
Mozambique. The program will combine micro-credit lending with health
Safe Blood for Africa: For the continuation of efforts (training,
testing, equipment) to ensure a disease-free blood supply in Nigeria.
Centre de Support en Sante Internationale de Institut Tropical
Suisse au Tchad: For the rehabilitation of the Kome health clinic in
UN Foundation: AFRICA LIVE, the Roll Back Malaria Concert
featuring Youssou N'Dour, Senegal, March 2005.
World Economic Forum - Global Health Initiative: To support the
establishment of technical standards for workplace malaria management,
create advocacy materials and negotiate public-private partnerships.
Lauren Kerr, 972-444-1107
Didier Lutsen, 32-2-722-4487
SOURCE: Exxon Mobil Corporation