ETS Global Supports Efforts to 'Take War Out of a Child'
ETS Global B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of ETS, announced recently its plans to provide a financial contribution to War Child, an international organisation dedicated to helping children affected by war.
The donation will go to a program in Sierra Leone that addresses psychosocial needs of children by helping to rebuild peaceful, child friendly communities through a variety of creative, educational, recreational and cultural activities. Although the primary target group is children, the program also involves all people who play a significant role in their lives.
"In addition to achieving our business objectives, it is of great importance that we take our social responsibility seriously and remain committed to building a better world," says ETS Global BV Managing Director Zoubir Yazid. "War Child provides very disadvantaged children with the foundations not only to develop as individuals, but also to contribute to the well-being of their families, community and society."
War Child's overall objectives are to enhance the general health of children and young people in post-conflict areas and to contribute to building peaceful societies. The organisation implements, either directly or together with (local) partners, programs that protect and empower children and young people. Creative, community-based interventions and conflict-transformation programs are at the core of War Child's efforts.
"We are very proud to be a part of this initiative," expresses Gerben van Lent, ETS Global Executive Director of Governance, Market Support and Knowledge Management. "Supporting and contributing to this incredible altruistic labour also makes us improve as an organisation and adds enthusiasm and passion to our corporate social responsibility mission."
Isatu, a participant of a War Child program who grew up in Sierra Leone during the war, shared her experiences. Together with other young parents, she cultivates and sells cassava, a major staple food in Sierra Leone that provides a basic diet. With what she gains from the harvest, she can pay for her children's tuition. "I have a new purpose in my life," she says, "and the opportunity to build a better future for myself and my family."
According to War Child, children are seen as survivors and not as victims. The organisation always takes a positive approach towards children and young people affected by armed conflict by focusing on their strengths. Many children have the ability and skills to shape their lives and to cope with adversity, even when they have experienced armed conflict or life-threatening incidents. They need support, though. And through War Child, ETS Global BV is offering it.
“We are proud of our business friendship with ETS Global. Not only does this friendship provide us with more funds to reach out to more children, but it provides ETS Global and War Child with an opportunity to explore how we can add more value to each other: War Child is convinced that everyone and every business can play a role!” says Hendrik van Gent, Director of War Child.
At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customised solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries worldwide. www.ets.org