Accenture donates $2 million for people with disabilities in South Asia
Accenture Foundations provide Leonard Cheshire Disability additional US$2 million to expand training programs to the Philippines and South Asia

Fuente:  Fecha: 2.9.2011

Accenture donates $2 million for people with disabilities in South Asia

Accenture and Leonard Cheshire Disability today announced that the Accenture Foundations have awarded the charity an additional grant of US$2,050,000 to expand their Access to Livelihoods program, which currently provides people with disabilities in South Asia with training and career opportunities.

The new initiative aims to bring job skills to at least 8,750 people in the Philippines and South Asia. With this grant Accenture’s direct support to Leonard Cheshire Disability totals more than US$2.5 million since 2008. The three-year award is aligned with Accenture’s global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.

To date, the two-year Access to Livelihoods pilot, run by Leonard Cheshire Disability, has provided vocational or business start-up training to more than 1,500 people, approximately two-thirds of whom are now employed.

In addition to the grant, Accenture employees will volunteer and help trainees in the Leonard Cheshire Disability program prepare for the workforce through one-on-one mentoring, resume preparation, and job and career fair support.

“Supporting Leonard Cheshire Disability helps bring to life Accenture’s commitment to equipping people with the skills to get a job or build a business,” said Adrian Lajtha, chief leadership officer at Accenture. “Leonard Cheshire Disability has had a substantial impact in South Asia proving it’s possible to make a lasting impact on the economic well-being of disabled individuals by developing skills and connecting people with the right job opportunities.”

“People with disabilities are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. We are delighted that Accenture has extended the partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability for a further three years,” said Tanya Barron, international director at Leonard Cheshire Disability. “The grant enables us to extend our reach to thousands more people with disabilities, supporting them by providing training and skills for the workplace. This initiative will make a huge difference to the beneficiaries and their families, giving them more independence and choice.”