Allianz Ghana Lifeand Non-Life Insurance organized last Saturday, a beach clean-up & plastic recycling exercise at the La Pleasure Beach in Accra

The initiative which is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility campaign known as ‘Allianz Creates Through Waste’ is aimed at the collection of plastic waste for recycling.

According to the CEO of Allianz Insurance, Darlington Munhuwani, there will be monthly clean-ups in various places.

He explained that such exercises will not be limited to beaches alone but with special emphasis on clearing the environment of plastic waste which can be recycled.

Mr. Munhuwani said,“When you look around town, especially at the beaches, there is rubbish, especially plastic waste everywhere. We, as responsible corporate citizens, felt it is important to come and clean the beach so together we live in a clean community.”

Green
Environment

CEO of Allianz Life Insurance, Gideon
Ataraire said,“We have decided to get involved in
cleaning the environment as part of our commitment to the immediate environment
where we operate. Our CSR initiatives are well thought out and designed to add real
value
to our host communities, so our cleaning initiative is borne out of
the fact that we believe that a clean environment produces healthy people and a
healthy country”.

He also added that the company will also provide bins for collection of plastic waste on the beaches which will be picked up weekly and transported to Nelplast, a project partner that recycles plastic into pavement blocks.

Pavement blocks made from the recycled
plastic, he said, will be used to pave part of the Abelenkpe 2 Basic School in
Accra.The school, according to him, shares its field with the community and
also has no play facilities for the creative development of the pupils. The
pupils therefore play on the bare field which hampers their creative &cognitive
development.

Mr. Ataraire revealed that the school
will therefore receive an environmentally-friendly creative centre using mostly
recycled and re-purposed materials. The facelift which includes painting and
tree planting will be done in collaboration with the Mmofra Foundation, to
redesign and build the school. Mmofra Foundation is a registered non-profit
organization based in Ghana dedicated to enriching the cultural and
intellectual lives of all children in Ghana. 

According to Mr. Munhuwani, “We aim to
give them a safe creative centre where children freely express themselves. The
theme ‘Allianz creates through waste’ is appropriate and we are going to
demonstrate the concept through the garden project at the centre. The plan is
to use the garden to grow vegetables and other crops and learn about
composting.  It is hoped that the pupils
will take the knowledge of recycling and composting home to their families and
community.” 

Allianz staff and the pupils of
Abelenkpe 2 Basic School are expected to partake in periodic clean-up and
plastic picking exercises as well as trips to various recycling companies.

Mmofra Foundation, Allianz staff and
the pupils are also expected to come together from time to time to design and
build more creative pieces from some recycled material to add to the school’s
creative centre.

The pupils will be encouraged to help design these creative facilities and top three winners will receive educational packages from Allianz Ghana.

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