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2015 marks the 50th anniversary of our service to the public sector.

For five decades, we have provided governments, institutions and NGOs with a variety of solutions for ensuring accountability towards the people and organizations that they serve, ranging from traceability solutions, scanning and border management solutions and other interventions that support the effective execution of policy. With greater reach and a growing portfolio of services, our global team of experts is well positioned to meet increased demands in the future. To commemorate this milestone, we are giving something back to the communities we serve indirectly by supporting three carefully selected projects:

Camfed: realizing the potential of young girls and women in rural Zambia

Studies on the benefits of increasing female school enrolment rates in rural Africa shows that for every additional year of education beyond basic schooling, a woman’s income increases by up to 10%, her vulnerability to HIV and AIDs drops significantly, her risk of dying in childbirth falls, and she is more likely to have a smaller, more educated and healthier family. All of this leads to a sustainable cycle of positive change. Camfed helps to empower girls and young women, and so realize a vision of a world in which every child is educated, protected, respected and valued, and grows up to play a role in turning the tide on poverty. SGS is supporting Camfed’s program in Zambia, by supporting a project to enable 300 girls to complete their secondary education. Tuition costs and housing fees will be covered. Teachers, acting as mentors, will provide the girls with the support they need, and the girls will join an alumni network following graduation.

Friends International: building futures for youth in Jakarta

There are an estimated 500 million marginalized children and youth in the world. Friends International is helping marginalized young people by replacing the traditional charity model with one that combines the best practices of NGOs and the business world, enabling essential services to be provided for children and families on the streets and in slum areas. SGS is supporting Friends International’s outreach program for street children and youth in Jakarta, who face threats to their well-being and development, including abuse, malnutrition, sickness and lack of access to education and training. A local drop-in center, combined with mobile outreach efforts provides protection from abuse and raises awareness of hygiene, nutrition, reproductive health and street safety. Children receive an informal education and assistance in obtaining the registration documents they need to attend public schools and obtain vocational training, enabling them to escape the impoverished environments they grew up in.

Présence Madagascar: helping children in Madagascar to leave poverty behind

Many children in Madagascar have been abandoned or are living in poverty with their families. They are deprived of a safe environment where they can grow up and receive a basic education. Association Présence Madagascar aims to give these children an alternative to a life of poverty by providing children with carefully selected host families who can provide them with a secure and loving environment. Children are given individual development plans from an early age and they receive an elementary formal education and practical training in life skills such as gardening, cattle raising, cooking and sewing. SGS is helping Association Présence Madagascar with its work by supporting the construction of a water tower and solar panels that will be used to produce a reliable and cost effective energy supply for an education center in Fanantenana, Madagascar.

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