The Green Light Project, Kia’s global corporate social responsibility program, continues to spread hope to communities in Africa. To further their goal of improving social mobility and promoting self-sufficiency in disadvantaged regions, Kia is breaking ground on a brand new program.
Their newest initiative comes in the form of community-run auto mechanic training centres designed to support locals by providing employment and vocational training. Following the recent ground breaking ceremony, construction for the two centres located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Nairobi, Kenya are expected to be completed in early 2017. The Green Light Project facilities will be managed jointly with international humanitarian organizations –World Vision and Good Neighbors – with the aim of operating self-sufficiently in the foreseeable future.
Representing a US$4 million investment by Kia Motors and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the new facilities will provide employment for local residents and vocational training for future vehicle mechanics.
The addition of the two auto mechanic centres in Ethiopia and Kenya will bring the number of Kia Green Light Project facilities to a total of eight. Kia estimates that each centre will have a positive impact on over 2,000 local residents, and it looks forward to the regions blossoming into self-reliant business centres thanks to the establishment of repair centres in the surrounding areas.
During the annual Green Light Project volunteer trips, Kia has enthusiastically provided automobile maintenance classes as part of the program to empower individual residents in the developing regions. In this next step forward, Kia is happy to be reaching out and sharing experiences to alleviate the needs and improve the livelihood of the local communities.
Article submitted by Lynn Hill of Peterborough Kia
Written by: Kia BUZZ Editorial Team, www.peterboroughkia.ca