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For many years, Citi Foundation has invested in our Social and Financial Literacy and Into Employment® programs in Ecuador. This year, Citi provided an additional $34,000 to our Emergency Community Fund, which we use to provide emergency food baskets for families in both Guayaquil and Quito.
Cristina Arteta, public affairs manager, Citibank, N.A. Ecuador Brand, summed up the benefit of our partnership:
“Citi remains firmly committed to the social and financial inclusion of the Ecuadorian community and, in the difficult circumstances currently afflicting our country, to the economic reactivation of the most vulnerable population. It has been an honor for us to join forces with Children International once again to ensure the food security of the young people who benefit from our initiatives each year, along with their families.”
To further promote public health, Children Internation staff in Zambia provided 50,000 bars of soap to the University Teaching Hospitals there. The donation was possible because of our long-standing partnership with Clean the World, a nonprofit that recycles soap from hotels for those in need.
We have partnered with MAP International for more than 20 years to deliver medical supplies around the world. In March, our Philippine staff donated and facilitated the distribution of MAP international supplies to frontline workers and five hospitals in desperate need of personal protective equipment and respirators.
Since 2018, Children International has partnered with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the municipality of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to provide community leadership training to youth and adults in hopes of reducing forced migration in the area’s most violent sector. When the coronavirus crisis broke, both institutions agreed to reallocate funds to urgently needed humanitarian aid, including food and disinfectants to protect thousands of families.