Van den Bosch continues collaboration with UNICEF


24 January 2019 - Van den Bosch Transporten has extended its collaboration with UNICEF. In 2019 the partnership focuses especially on improving newborn care and nutrition in South Africa. In addition, Van den Bosch supports an innovative project to convert plastic waste into building bricks for schools in Ivory Coast.

 

UNICEF supports children’s rights all over the world. Van den Bosch has supported the activities of the UN children’s rights organisation since 2011. “As a bulk transporter, we transport raw materials on a daily basis”, CEO Rico Daandels of Van den Bosch explains. “A large part of our organisation is involved in the transport of goods that are processed in our food. Therefore we made a conscious decision to make a connection with the food market. By supporting UNICEF we want to contribute to the improvement of children’s health in developing countries, especially in Africa where we operate on a daily basis.”

Improving newborn care
This years collaboration programme focuses on the improvement of newborn care and nutrition in South Africa. Suzanne Laszlo, Director of UNICEF the Netherlands, stresses the importance: “South Africa is considered as an attractive holiday destination, but the inequality amongst the population is almost the highest in the world. Poverty is a huge problem and makes families and children vulnerable. Newborn mortality covers half of all deaths of babies under twelve months and one third of the deaths under five years old.” With the project ‘Happiness for newborns’, UNICEF works together with the government and local partners on newborn care and nutrition to increase the chances of survival. 

Converting plastic waste into building bricks

In addition to that, support is given to the innovative project ‘Recycling Plastic, Creating Schools’. This project focuses on the conversion of plastic waste into building bricks for class rooms in Ivory Coast. In 2019 UNICEF wants to establish the basis for a futureproof waste recycling system. This year, 62 tons of plastic waste will be melt down into building bricks, partly due to the contribution of Van den Bosch. Van den Bosch enables the construction of two classrooms. 
“The heavily increased amount of plastic waste is a global problem we should not ignore”, Rico Daandels states. “With the project ‘Recycling Plastic, Creating Schools’, UNICEF will start to recycle plastic waste in a constructive and unique way for the benefit of the local population of the Ivory Coast. It is a promising project and I am proud that we can contribute to get this initiative started.”

For more info visit: www.unicef.nl.