We believe a business cannot expand in isolation from the society around it. Even more, we believe we have the power to create positive change. That is why we voluntarily commit ourselves to address issues that are some of the most critical of our time, such as the lack of access to healthcare and education as root causes of poverty in Africa.
Barriers to healthcare are numerous. The World Health Organisation (WHO) outlines four key dimensions that reduce access to health services: availability, geographic accessibility, affordability and acceptability. These dimensions are the foundations of Philia’s focus on community health in Africa as its primary area for social investment.
Barriers to education remain high everywhere in the world especially for the poorest populations and for girls. Access to quality education is essential for development and is a fundamental right of every child. Yet, Unesco figures for the year 2013 show that 59 million children of primary school age are out of school. Of these, 30 million live in sub-Saharan Africa. The lack of financial means, of teacher, of school or of learning materials as much as a too long distance from home to school, unsafe and unstable living conditions, poor nutrition, child labour, or the simple fact of being a girl are so many factors that hamper access to education.
How do we live our philanthropy?
Our main goal is to improve access to health and education for the most deprived people in Africa. Providing our support to populations at risk in emergency situations has been and still is our priority. To live up to these values, the Philia Foundation was formally created in July 2017, as an independent philanthropic arm of Philia Group.