The signing ceremony of the MOU for the DAL Food and USAID partnership
To advance education and health in the Red Sea State
On the morning of the 11th of July, at the DAL Group headquarters and with the esteemed presence of the Federal Minster of Education, Mr. Abd Alhafeez Alsadiq; the Chairman of DAL Group, Mr. Osama Abdullatif; the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Mr. Steven Koutsis; the USAID Mission Director, Dr. Jeffrey Ashley; and the Director General of Bilateral Relations and Deputy Foreign Under Secretary, Mr. Mahmoud Hassan Alamin.
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), signed an agreement on with DAL Food to provide locally sourced, pasteurized milk to 5,308 malnourished school children in Red Sea State, as part of a public-private partnership to improve education and nutrition through the School Milk Program (SMP).
The SMP which began in 2011 for the purpose of improving the nutritional status of Sudanese school children has provided more than 20,000,000 milk packs to more than 26,000 students.
“People are beginning to understand that the role of an active, vibrant commercial sector is the most effective engine for sustainable development”
said Head of Strategy of DAL Food, Sam Bodley-Scott. Adding with that a call to organizations and Governments to help secure more sources of funding for this important program.
The Managing Director of DALs strategic partner Zain, Mr. Alfatih Irwa also announced his committed support to the program.
“The American people want to address the underlying causes of poverty and marginalization in Sudan, and by partnering with the private sector, we will be far more effective if we can bring our combined skills and resources to the effort,”
said the USAID Mission Director Dr. Jeffrey Ashley.
“The U.S. Government affirms its continuing commitment to work with DAL Group and other like-minded business colleagues to alleviate poverty and support economic development in Sudan,”
added the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Steven Koutsis and concluding the ceremony with
“The spirit of this partnership project, providing a daily source of critical nutrition to school children, reflects the ongoing support of the American people for the people of Sudan.”