The energy conglomerate, Sahara Group, has reiterated its unwavering commitment to providing vital medical interventions across Africa through its partnership with Mercy Ships. This commitment was reaffirmed in a statement issued by the group on a recent Tuesday.
Mercy Ships is a charitable organization that operates medical missions on ships, bringing essential healthcare services to impoverished and underserved communities worldwide.
David Walker, the Head of Chartering at Sahara Energy International Geneva (a subsidiary of Sahara Group), emphasized that traders and shippers in Geneva have consistently demonstrated their dedication to the cause of delivering high-quality healthcare to thousands of beneficiaries in Africa.
In the statement, Walker was quoted as saying, “Similar collaborative fundraising efforts by businesses globally would facilitate more life-changing surgeries, medical training, and infrastructure enhancements to bolster local healthcare systems in Africa.”
Walker, who was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Mercy Ships Cargo Day Committee in Geneva, outlined his focus during his tenure, which includes building upon the current success stories and exploring additional avenues for making a more substantial impact.
He stated, “We believe that the opportunity to contribute to the remarkable work of Mercy Ships is highly regarded by the shipping and trading community here in Geneva. For Sahara Group, being part of Mercy Ships perfectly aligns with our commitment to Making a Difference, responsibly.”
Kola Motajo, Director of Sahara Group, commented on Walker’s appointment, highlighting it as another milestone in Sahara Group’s ongoing efforts to collaborate with organizations dedicated to changing lives. Motajo stressed that sustainable change can be achieved through strategic partnerships, and their association with Mercy Ships exemplifies their commitment to creating a better future for all, with a focus on leaving no one behind.
Motajo further stated that Sahara Energy Geneva would continue to lead initiatives that promote sustainability through collaboration with like-minded organizations.
In addition to their continued support for Mercy Ships, Sahara Energy Geneva is embarking on a five-year tree planting initiative across several African countries as part of their contribution to combatting climate change and deforestation on the continent.
Mercy Ships operates a purpose-built Global Mercy ship, which commenced operations in 2022, providing a range of medical services, including maxillofacial, general, pediatric, specialized general, orthopedic, reconstructive plastics, and ophthalmology.
Sahara Energy Geneva has steadfastly supported the Mercy Ships Cargo Day initiative, a medical outreach program that has been saving lives and bringing hope to beneficiaries since its inception in 2016. Over the past seven years, Mercy Ships Cargo Day has raised over $7 million USD.
Mercy Ships operates hospital ships that offer free surgeries and other vital healthcare services to those with limited access to safe medical care. As an international faith-based organization, Mercy Ships has dedicated its efforts exclusively to partnering with African nations for the past three decades. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has conducted its life-changing work in over 55 countries, delivering services valued at more than £1.3 billion.