Customer experience specialists SDL have celebrated the five-year anniversary of their SDL Foundation, which provides support for sustainable, structural development that improves the quality of life for disadvantaged communities around the globe.
The SDL Foundation provides sustainable aid through financial grants, educational and vocational training to help people become self-sufficient and encourages SDL employees to get involved with their local charities and give their time and support to those who need it most. Employees are granted five days holiday annually to participate in Foundation efforts.
Over the last five years the SDL Foundation has donated to more than 80 projects across the world, including funding to help the MicroLoan Foundation establish thriving loan offices in rural Malawi and Zambia. During this period it has supported 16,000 people across 28 countries, and SDL employees have committed more than 240 days of their time to support the Foundation’s projects.
“We are delighted to be working with the SDL Foundation and to celebrate five years of achieving significant change to disadvantaged communities around the world,” said Peter Ryan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MicroLoan Foundation. “The Foundation’s support is very important to MicroLoan’s drive to change the lives of impoverished women in rural communities of Malawi and Zambia by enabling them to set up their own sustainable businesses. The income from their businesses enables them to save, feed their families, buy life-saving medicines and send their children to school.”
Mark Lancaster, Founder and CEO of SDL commented: “We believe deeply in working to better communities across the globe and are very happy with what the SDL Foundation has accomplished in the five years since its inception. We have seen the rich rewards of helping to change lives across the globe and also the satisfaction our employees find from engaging in these projects. We look forward to the continued success of the Foundation.”