CBRE Announces New Safer Cities Programme In Partnership With Leading Children's Charity PLAN International
London – 21 February 2017 – CBRE today announced that it is extending its partnership with children’s charity Plan International to bring the charity’s Safer Cities programme to Nairobi in Kenya. Plan International’s Safer Cities programme which is already running successfully in Cairo, Kampala, Hanoi, Lima and Delhi, aims to make cities safer for girls and women, and to transform them into places of inclusion, tolerance and opportunity.
Every year, over 20 million girls move to cities to find jobs and escape the abuse and early marriage often experienced in rural communities. But far from finding opportunity, for thousands of girls city life can mean sexual harassment, violence or worse. The findings from the Violence Against Children survey (VAC) 2010 indicated that safety is a serious problem in Kenya. 32% of girls and 18% of boys have experienced sexual violence and 66% of girls and 73% of boys have experienced physical violence.
With CBRE’s support across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) CBRE plans to contribute over €650,000 over the next two years, and use its expertise to help transform the lives of over 4000 young people in Embakasi, one of the poorest parts of Nairobi. The project will also positively impact another 490,000 people in the community.
In addition, CBRE will continue to provide pro bono real estate services to Plan International.
Martin Samworth, CEO, CBRE EMEA commented:
“Children face increased risks as well as increased opportunities in a rapidly urbanising world. Every month, the population of those living in cities increases by five million people, and it is estimated that by 2030, approximately 700 million girls will live in urban areas.
We are proud to be extending our EMEA-wide partnership with Plan International to help support the Safer Cities programme. This forms an important part of our wider responsible business commitments.”
Tanya Barron, CEO of Plan International (UK) said:
“CBRE and Plan International will work together to re-shape the future of cities for children in some of the world’s poorest communities. For all children, but for girls in particular, economic opportunities are often undermined by the level of danger they face as they try to navigate the city - to go to work or complete their education. Plan International’s research, conducted across five major cities around the world, found that girls feel intimidated and in danger in public spaces and on public transport as they try to live their lives in their cities.
Thanks to an incredible effort by CBRE, their teams across EMEA have already committed more than £1.1 million since 2014 – giving hope to a generation of children and helping them to build their lives.”
Safer Cities is a natural extension of the work CBRE EMEA has been doing with Plan International since 2014 which has now raised over £1 million. The programme has predominantly focused on providing an education for girls in Sierra Leone with CBRE’s funds unlocking a further UK government grant of £8 million significantly strengthening the project’s impact. As a result, CBRE & Plan International have been able to support more than 135,000 children, particularly girls, in Sierra Leone – before, during and post the Ebola outbreak. An impact report outlining progress to date can be downloaded here.
For further information, please contact:
Maria Raimundo (CBRE) 07711 557830
Anna McGrath or Clare Daly (Plan International)
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