FedEx Express has extended its support to the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety, which represents more than 220 NGOs across the world, to bring the first Alliance Advocates training program to New Delhi.
During this training, 21 grassroots NGO leaders from eight countries around Asia, including representatives from seven states of India, will undertake an innovative safe school zone project that has the potential to save children’s lives.
Unsafe road conditions around many schools in Asia are putting children in danger. The participants, known as Alliance Advocates, will use a data-driven approach to identify simple, low-cost changes to roads around a school in New Delhi. If implemented, the changes will bring these roads in line with the minimum standard recommended by the international road safety community.
Speaking about the work being done by the Alliance, Ms. Lotte Brondum, executive director, said, “Children in some parts of Asia are in danger every day on the way to school and back. The Alliance Advocates that we are training in India will take back realistic and effective action plans, so that children don’t have to risk their lives to get an education. We encourage governments to allow them to share their new knowledge and to work together with them to make schools across Asia safer. FedEx’s generous commitment and support has made the Alliance Empowerment Program possible, and is equipping NGOs to save lives around the world.”
Support for these road safety projects is part of the FedEx Cares initiative, where FedEx will invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world. Through the FedEx Cares activities, FedEx team members from around the world volunteer their time and talents to support local communities.