Putting the sparkle back into Malawi: Cornelius supports African community project
(Posted on 11/07/17)
Leading European independent speciality chemical distributor, Cornelius Group Plc, has committed to support UK headquartered charity The Sparkle Foundation, an initiative that provides hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children with education, nutrition and medical support in 17 rural villages in Malawi, Africa.
Cornelius manufactures and distributes chemicals, ingredients and raw materials globally for the industrial, health and nutrition, personal and household care markets.
As a social enterprise established to create brighter futures for vulnerable people, Sparkle Malawi empowers children of today for a better tomorrow through small-scale sustainable projects.
Dr. Neville Prior, Cornelius Chairman, said: “The Sparkle Foundation is an amazing charity, carrying out extremely valuable work in one of the world’s poorest countries. Staffed by international and local volunteers, their dedication to the most disadvantaged in the world is remarkable.”
“As a well-established company, operating for more than 80 years, it’s important for Cornelius that we are committed to charitable work alongside our day-to-day business activity. We have funded a number of charities over the years with donations but we have decided to dedicate our overall support from now on to The Sparkle Foundation. I am proud Cornelius will be working closely with their project Sparkle Malawi and I hope our support will give a real boost to the excellent work they do.”
Malawi is a largely agricultural country which has been affected by decades of underdevelopment. With a population of over 18 million people, almost 45 per cent of the population is under the age of 15, meaning that a large number of Malawian children are living in poverty.
With a vision to create brighter sustainable futures for orphans and vulnerable children, The Sparkle Foundation works with local communities and engages with internationally skilled volunteers. The UK registered charity aims to create small-scale sustainable projects, which will trigger large-scale change in Malawi and in the near future, communities worldwide.
Sarah Brook, CEO and Founder of The Sparkle Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Cornelius on our ongoing projects in Malawi. We are working towards creating brighter futures for vulnerable people and this partnership among others will help us achieve that goal. We are grateful for all the support we receive, recognising that the good we do is only achievable thanks to the support of our partners.”
Cornelius has taken the first step towards supporting the grassroots organisation with an initial charitable contribution. In addition, the company is planning a number of fundraising activities for the charity with a view to potentially visiting Malawi to work directly on a project in the coming years.
Cornelius is established as a leading speciality chemical distributor throughout the UK, France, Poland, Russia and the Nordic region. It also has global sourcing offices in China and India to tap into the vast growth potential in those regions and ships products to customers in more than 30 countries around the world.