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Partner Since 2011

UNICEF USA is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Caterpillar Foundation. The Caterpillar Foundation has generously pledged $3 million over three years to a partnership committed to drastically improving the education and health of children in Ethiopia, Rwanda and South Africa.

For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. The world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives, Caterpillar is also a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services, and Progress Rail Services.

The Caterpillar Foundation believes in helping neighbors and giving back to the communities in which Caterpillar Inc. operates. For over 60 years Caterpillar Foundation has made sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education, and basic human needs.

Partnership Summary

Schools for Africa

In 2011, Caterpillar Foundation joined the UNICEF USA in a long-term partnership to support progress toward sustainable communities in EthiopiaRwanda, and South Africa by investing in children's educations through the Schools for Africa initiative. This partnership will support school water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions and teacher training in all three countries, as well as providing school materials and school improvements in Ethiopia and Rwanda.

The partnership will directly benefit thousands of children in communities throughout these countries by giving them access to safer, healthier, and better-equipped learning and recreational environments, along with better-trained teachers. Sanitation interventions that provide separate lavatory facilities for girls and boys contribute strongly to girls' staying in school since after puberty girls may feel compelled to leave school for lack of accommodations that respect their sense of modesty.