Exotix Limited contributes a portion of its annual revenue to various Charities as a result of its annual charity day in December. We aim to assist the Charities who do excellent work and whose focus is on the countries and regions where we do business. Since 1999, Exotix has donated over US$1,400,000 to various charities.
Please find below some details of the Charities we supported in 2011/12.
Families for Children Zambia
Families For Children Zambia cares for orphans and vulnerable children with whose lives have been shattered by the death of their parents through AIDS. They focus on welfare and education, keeping children in their communities and supporting the networks that already exist. Exotix raised $25,000 for the Ulupwa Food Security and Maize Mill Project in Kantolomba, near Ndola, in the Copperbelt province of Zambia. This money will enable the community to purchase 4 hectares of land to cultivate vegetables and maize cultivation and to build a maize mill for grinding maize – the staple food in Zambia. The maize and vegetable production will have a significant impact on the community, providing food and nutrition to the children and families at home, creating employment for at least 5 new jobs, cutting down on the need to travel long distances to have maize processed and enable the families and children to develop skills that will help them in the future to become more responsible and self reliant.
Cure Blindness aims to reach the greatest number of underserved blind people with the highest quality care and the lowest possible costs. Every year 200,000 patients are screened for cataracts and over 15,000 surgeries performed. Cataract remains a major cause of blindness in Africa and continues to plague many in rural Ghana despite efforts to accomplish the World Health Organization’s goal to eliminate preventable blindness worldwide, including blindness due to cataracts, by 2020. Exotix raised $22,500 to support a enhanced MD Ophthalmology Residency Training Programme’ in Northern Ghana which will provide high quality cataract care to deprived underserved areas while enhancing the surgical training for local ophthalmologists who can then be posted on a permanent basis to areas requiring assistance.
Having recently emerged from more than 12 years of civil conflict devastating most of Burindi’s infrastructure, Burundi has consistently been ranked as one of the poorest nations in the world. Fewer than 200 doctors work in the country, of which 50% practice in the urban areas where only 5% of Burundian’s live. Village Health Works operates a health clinic in Kigutu (a catchment area of 180,000) where 35% of patients travel from outside to visit. Exotix’ brokers raised $20,000 for Village Health Works which will help fund the construction of a TB Isolation Ward at the clinic. The money will enable Village Health Works to effectively isolate and treat diagnosed cases of TB, quarantine suspected causes of TB until diagnosis and prevent the spread of TB.
Palestinians are the world’s largest refugee population and comprise over a third of all refugees worldwide. Lebanon has over 260,000 Palestinians; over half are under 25 years of age. Many of these young people are 3rd or 4th generation refugees, who were born and raised in and around Lebanon’s 12 refugee camps. Exotix raised $20,000 for the Hoping Foundation which will provide full scholarships for up to five students from the refugee camps in Lebanon at the University of Beirut. The funds will cover the students’ tuition fees for a full BA degree. Key factors, such as the size and income of the student’s family, are considered through a rigorous application and interview process to enable the committee to identify those who will most benefit from the scholarships.
Women for Women International
Women for Women International supports women survivors of war and conflict and helps them gain economic self–sufficiency through direct aid, education, skills training and small business development. Exotix sponsored a Life skills and Vocational Training Programme for Women in Iraq where women are enrolled in a one-year programme to learn job skills so they can earn a living. They learn to understand their rights which have often been abused during conflict; are taught income and asset management and receive job skills training. Women are also are taught trades skills relevant to their circumstances, from gem-cutting, to poultry-rearing Recent evaluation of their Afghan programme concluded that 94% of the women enrolled were in better physical health, and 83% were earning an income to support their families, as a result of their involvement in WfW.