Chicken Republic recognises that it has a Corporate Social Responsibility toward the communities in which it operates. As part of the Food Concepts Group, we have now more than ever, stepped up our commitment to bring to fruition the hopes and dreams of the Nigerian child. In this light, we continue to partner with SOS Children Village in Nigeria by sponsoring a Family House. The SOS Children’s’ Village was established in 1949 and has a widespread presence across 132 countries worldwide. Our commitment goes beyond mere donations.
We sponsor the education, clothing, accommodation and feeding of an entire microcosm of Nigerian Children within the Village. To ensure that these children are well integrated into the society, we have also partnered with the management of the SOS Children’s’ Village to facilitate an annual program through which technical services training is provided to children who are technically inclined. Our aim is to ensure that this group of children become useful artisans and valuable resources to the nation. We also plan to provide career opportunities within the company for some of the children who have completed their tertiary education and are seeking employment.
In July 2013, we collaborated with a few strategic partners to embark on a 7km walk. The initiative tagged “The Sickle-Cell Walkathon” was aimed at raising awareness and increasing knowledge about sickle cell anemia, as well as raising funding to support increased research and providing support to institutions caring for people affected by sickle cell anemia. Sickle-Cell Anemia (SCA) is a recessive genetic blood disorder with over dominance, characterized by red blood cells that assume an abnormal, rigid, sickle shape. Three quarters of sickle-cell cases occur in Africa. A recent WHO report estimated that around 2% of newborns in Nigeria are affected by sickle cell anemia, giving a total of 150,000 affected children born every year in Nigeria alone. Nigeria is believed to have the highest number of persons affected by SCA in absolute numbers and per capita. The event was a massive success with a huge turnout of staff of Chicken Republic who turned up as early as 5.30am to commence the walk.