18 Nov Seeds for Progress Foundation and Société Générale Celebrate 10 years of Partnership
New York, NY – November 18th, 2015 – This year, marks an important milestone for Seeds for Progress Foundation. With the support of its partners Mercon Coffee Group and Société Générale (SocGen), the Foundation has been able to sponsor the Ruben Dario School in the community of Abisinia in Nicaragua for 10 years now. Since 2005, SocGen’s Energy and Natural Resources team has work hand in hand with Seeds for Progress Foundation to improve the lives of over 700 children in the coffee community of Abisinia.
Throughout these years of partnership, SocGen has not only provided financial support but in a yearly basis sends a group of volunteers to work in infrastructure projects at the school. This alliance has allowed the Ruben Dario School to grow from 270 students with 7 teachers to 730 students and 22 teachers and has also enable them to offer secondary level education aside from elementary grades. Their support has also facilitated the implementation of the Digital Seeds Program which gives students access to technology and provides trainings to teachers.
J. Antonio Baltodano, Chairman of Mercon Coffee Group and Seeds for Progress Foundation shared: We are very proud of this partnership that gives the children in Abisinia the opportunity to receive quality education in suitable schooling conditions. Through education, these children will be able to overcome the obstacles of growing up in rural areas and provide a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.”
On November 17th, SocGen hosted a reception to commemorate this 10 year anniversary. All the executives and employees of the company that have been involved throughout the decade were in attendance but all the attention was on Joselfi Matey, an 11th grade student from the Ruben Dario School who traveled to New York to share her story and the impact their contributions have made in her life. A photo exhibition of the volunteers’ mission trips and the children of the school throughout the years was showcased at the event and will be displayed permanently in their office.