Every year, thousands of Citi staff, their friends and families volunteer together for Global Community Day – an opportunity to use their time, skills and expertise to make a difference in their cities. In 2015, more than 80,000 volunteers worked alongside community partners at service projects in 487 cities across 93 countries in the days leading up to and including Global Community Day. The annual activities focus on a range of local needs – from urban revitalization to environmental conservation to literacy and education. Global Community Day is one of the many ways Citi shows its commitment to the communities where they have a presence year round.
On Saturday June 10, 2017, Citi JA member nations and other community partners joined in celebrating Citi’s 12th annual Global Community Day.
In valuing this big day, JA Tanzania joined Citi Bank Tanzania to commemorate the day. The team went to Mbuyuni Primary School -a school for children with special needs and Autism. The team cleaned the school area, donated cleaning materials and had lunch with the children.
JA Gabon in collaboration with Citi Global and Sobraga, donors of the Company program and JA Our Community, organized an event at the beach to raise awareness of environmental problems for young people of the Léon Mba National High School. The aim was to have a positive impact on the essence of environmental conservation with a view to bringing the youth into compliance with environmental rules. There were also educational games and activities on environmental protection to sensitize children about the environmental challenges faced in Gabon. For instance, there were games where kids learned about the life cycle of turtles and threats faced throughout their span. Fifty volunteers and 600 students were present.
Workers and staff of Citi Senegal and JA Senegal chose to celebrate the Global Community Day by volunteering in the communities. This year, the pediatrician hospital Albert Royer in Senegal was the place of honor. Donations of medical equipment were made to contribute to the improvement of the medical services provided to the children. The team also served food to the community, a highly appreciated act of generosity especially during the period of Ramadan. It was a highly inspiring moment which empowered the students to continue to do good in their societies.
Junior Achievement Senegal Executive Director, Mrs. Fatou Samb Niang accompanied by 10 volunteers appreciated the opportunity Citi gave them to interact with children and Citi volunteers.
At JA Nigeria, volunteers led sporting activities, financial literacy and entrepreneurship workshops, and donated school supplies. The Executive Director, Simi Nwogugu spoke on a panel focused on financial literacy.
For almost thirty years, both Citi and Citi Foundation have partnered with Junior Achievement (JA) across the world to fund programs that improve the financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills of young people. Citi Foundation supports the implementation of the JA Company Program, a school-based entrepreneurship education curriculum in Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Zambia and the out of school youth program in Tanzania and Uganda.
At JA Africa, we’ve begun inspiring the next generation of youth to develop a habit of giving back through our programs. Events like Citi Global Community Day provide the platform and opportunity for JA to join others in investing in some key activities that can begin to effect real changes in knowledge and attitudes about volunteerism.