FrieslandCampina WAMCO partners with Nigerian Red Cross with milk supplies for IDPs

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria is partnering with the Nigerian Red Cross on a nutrition intervention for displaced children in IDP camps in Yola, Adamawa state. The programme will benefit over 1,700 children from age 5 upwards and will help reduce concerns of malnutrition in the camps.

FrieslandCampina WAMCO will donate about 20,000 cartons of milk as a nutrition intervention initiative for the period of August to October 2015. The Nigerian Red Cross Society will be responsible for the delivery and evaluation of this project. This initiative will also be extended to mothers living in IDP camps in Northeast Nigeria to support their nutritional well-being; because they are also part of the vulnerable group. In Yola, the Vice President (North) of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Mr. Sam Yuwa, gave a speech on the role of dairy in solving malnutrition in children.

Quality dairy nutrition

Rahul Colaco, Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria, explained: “We believe in integrating Corporate Social Responsibility into our business philosophy. This project ties in well with our mission of nourishing Nigeria with quality dairy nutrition. This includes three pillars, part of which covers our social responsibility to care for people and the community in which we operate in. More so, we understand that inadequate nutrition can endanger the proper development of children; that is why we are driving this initiative to enable these families and help in the mental and physical development of the children.”

#payitforward campaign

Ore Famurewa, Corporate Affairs Director at FrieslandCampina, noted that “through this project, employees of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria will support the #payitforward campaign launched by the Peak brand to inspire the act of kindness among Nigerians through giving. In this regard, employees are sending non-cash gift items to be distributed in the IDP camps.
”FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria is partnering with The Nigerian Red Cross because of their large volunteer base, strong international support and experience in managing these kinds of social issues, “ Ore concluded.