On 11 May, bp Angola committed an initial $50,000 to support the production and distribution of cotton face masks, aid orphanages, and local businesses, and create and execute an awareness campaign to support at-risk communities in three provincial areas. The initiative builds on bp’s commitment to supporting the Government of Angola’s (GoA) efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The project aims to provide supplies of face masks into communities to help support good hygiene practices and underpin government initiatives to limit COVID19 transmission. The project will create income and develop skills in several orphanages and revitalize small local tailors – each having been severely impacted by the pandemic. Through this initiative, bp will supply equipment, training (with the help of the local tailors) to orphanages and the tailors will also engage in manufacturing. We hope the project will produce over 250 masks per day initially and these will be distributed free of charge to communities at the greatest risk of COVID-19. The first orphanage to participate in the all-girls Horizonte Azul, which will be supplied with five sewing machines and training so that they can produce face masks for free distribution in communities in need in and around Luanda.
“We are very proud of this project - supporting the government’s efforts to protect the people of Angola by providing face masks to at-risk communities, manufactured by local charitable organizations (especially the Horizonte Azul orphanage, which is a very special place) in need of economic activity and skills creation,” said Stephen Willis, bp Angola Regional President.
Sergio Calundungo, the JMJ consultant, added: “It is rewarding to be partnering with bp to implement this project that will help save people’s lives and will provide the opportunity for some small businesses to return to work. We believe this initiative will make a big difference in the GoA’s relief effort to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Halo Trust and JAM, international NGOs operating in the Huambo and Benguela area, are also stepping in to support the distribution efforts of face masks to communities in need.
About bp Angola
bp Angola is the operator of deepwater Blocks 18 and 31 offshore Angola and has interests in Blocks 15, 17, 20, and the Angola LNG project in Soyo. Angola is one of bp´s key oil provinces for hydrocarbon exploration and development and a major part of the bp group´s activity in deepwater exploration and production. bp Angola has a total acreage of more than 32,600km2 in Angola. To date, bp Angola has invested more than $100 million in social projects in the areas of education, enterprise development, and capacity building for health, safety, and environment.
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