MISSION STATEMENT:

At the core of the Sahara Group Foundation is a distinct aim – to enhance lives and livelihoods. In 2023, through strategic partnerships and impactful initiatives, we made substantial contributions to improving energy access and advocating for sustainable environments, thereby positively impacting a considerable number of beneficiaries.

Our vision to build sustainable societies and enhance societal well-being was not just articulated but powerfully brought to life through the successful implementation of transformative programmes. These initiatives were more than strategies; they were heartfelt commitments that resonated with communities, fostering positive change and instilling resilience in the very fabric of the societies we serve.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR BOARD CHAIRMAN

General Emeka Onwuamaegbu
Chairman, Sahara Group
Foundation Board of Trustees
We kicked off 2023 with a dynamic start-our Brand Refresh, which marked a symbolic leap into a revitalized era of impact. This defining moment underscored our unwavering dedication to making a difference that resonates more deeply than ever before. The event, highlighted by a media parley, showcased the unveiling of the Foundation’s new name, a captivating brand logo, and a cutting-edge website—setting the stage for a future where our mission shines brightly, driving positive change at every turn.

Brand Refresh

      Our Flagship CSR Projects – A Journey of Impact

The Sahara Group Foundation is firmly dedicated to creating a meaningful impact on our society. Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7, 11, 13, and 17, we are actively addressing crucial social issues and championing sustainable development in Africa.

Sahara Impact Fund

In 2023, the Sahara Impact Fund Programme, in collaboration with Leap Africa and Impact Amplifier, celebrated the induction of its third Cohort. This programme, crafted to bolster Africa’s creative social entrepreneurs through skill enhancement, financial grants, and mentorship, proudly received twenty passionate changemakers from various corners of the continent, all dedicated to addressing diverse social issues in Africa. At the end of the programme, ten exceptional fellows from Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Burundi were granted a $5,000 seed funding each, propelling their business expansion and contributing to the acceleration of sustainable development in Africa.                                              

In 2023, the Sahara Impact Fund Programme, in collaboration with Leap Africa and Impact Amplifier, celebrated the induction of its third Cohort. This programme, crafted to bolster Africa’s creative social entrepreneurs through skill enhancement, financial grants, and mentorship, proudly received twenty passionate changemakers from various corners of the continent, all dedicated to addressing diverse social issues in Africa. At the end of the program, ten exceptional fellows from Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Burundi were granted a $5,000 seed funding each, propelling their business expansion and contributing to the acceleration of sustainable development in Africa.  

Discover the 2023 top ten Fellows

STEAMERS

The Sahara STEAMers programme empowers students with hands-on experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), enhancing their problem-solving skills and creativity.

In 2023, the programme directly impacted 200 students from four African countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. It provided them with the knowledge and skills necessary to generate innovative solutions for real-world problems.

This innovative initiative, meticulously designed to foster a pipeline of Africa's next generation social innovators,
this year, showcased an inspiring array of cutting-edge solutions. These innovations stand as a testament to the programme's commitment to peak innovation capable of transforming communities across Africa sustainably.

Go-Recycling


In a bold stride toward sustainable living, this year, we launched our Go-Recycling project, a collaborative effort with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Ibile Oil and Gas, and Wecyclers. The project which is aimed at addressing the issue of plastic pollution in Lagos State, is set to inspire a growing movement of environmentally conscious people in the state.

To date, we are proud to announce the successful launch of six recycling hubs in Isolo, Igando-Ikotun, Lagos-Island, Onigbongbo, Ifako-Ijaiye, and Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Areas. These hubs serve as symbols of environmental stewardship, offering individuals the opportunity to convert their waste to wealth. Through the Go-Recycling Initiative, users can effortlessly transform recyclables such as pet plastics, pure water sachets, plastic chairs & tables, paper, cardboard, HDPE, LDPE, can bottles and glass bottles into tangible benefits.

The impact has been two fold — not only are we contributing to the environmental well-being of our communities by reducing waste, but we are also creating an avenue for economic empowerment. Users of our recycling hubs are now able to turn their trash into cash, generating income that can be used for personal and family benefits.

This initiative reflects our commitment to fostering sustainable practices, empowering individuals, and communities, and contributing to a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future. As we continue to expand our reach, we envision a city where waste becomes a valuable resource, and every contribution counts toward a greener and more sustainable tomorrow.

As a result of the impact of our Ijora Recycling hub launched in 2021, we launched our Go-Recycling project in partnership with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), IBILE OIL & GAS and Wecyclers in January 2023. The project is aimed at addressing the issue of plastic pollution in Lagos state and motivate a movement of environmentally conscious Lagosians. Through this project, Lagosians are given a unique opportunity to turn their waste to wealth when they swap recyclables such as pet plastics, pure water sachets, plastic chairs & tables, paper, cardboard, HDPE, LDPE, can bottles, and glass bottles, for cash incentives. We have successfully set up 12 recycling hubs across Isolo LCDA, Igando-Ikotun LCDA, Lagos Island LCDA, Onigbogbon LCDA, Apapa LCDA, Ifako-Ijaye LCDA, Yaba LCDA.

Ifako-Ijaiye
Apapa-Iganmu
Onigbongbo
Igando-Ikotun
Lagos-Island

Cumulative Number of Users Across all Hubs

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Total: 595

Economic Impact: Number of jobs created

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Waste Diverted from Landfill from January- November 2023

Ijora Hub

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Go Recycling Hubs

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Total volume: 127,949.1Kg

Testimonials

Police Station Renovation

In the past year, Sahara Group Foundation has persistently worked towards advancing security and fostering sustainable policing across various communities in Nigeria. Through the installation of solar power systems and civil renovations, the Foundation has significantly contributed to creating conducive environments for police officers in Edo State, Delta State, Lagos State, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), enabling them to serve more effectively.
The beneficiary police stations include Omagwa Police Station, Ologbo Police Station, Koko Police Station, Ipaja Travellers Camp, Ijede Police Station, and Maitama Divisional Headquarters, bringing the total number of police stations refurbished by the Foundation in over two years to 16.
Sahara Group Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting the development of sustainable societies, recognizing that security is pivotal to achieving this overarching goal.

All Round Scholarship Programme

Over the years, Sahara Group Foundation through its implementing partner-Murtala Mohammed Foundation has been supporting internally displaced persons with scholarships across primary, secondary, and tertiary levels in the Northeastern part of Nigeria. In 2023, we recorded the successful graduation of some of our scholars who are on the path to fulfilling their dreams.
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Donation of Kidney Dialysis Facility to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH)​

Another significant milestone for us this year was the donation of a state-of-the-art kidney dialysis facility to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital in Edo State, Nigeria. This impactful project, undertaken in collaboration with Asharami Energy, a Sahara Group Exploration and Production (E&P) Company with operations spanning parts of Edo State, will undoubtedly contribute significantly to providing quality support to those living with renal disease within and outside the state.
The establishment of the fully equipped kidney dialysis facility stands as a testament to our commitment to advancing infrastructure that fosters sustainable societies and vibrant communities. It is our firm belief that this facility will significantly impact lives and support sustainable living.

Our Director Reflects on a Year of Transformative Impact

Ejiro Gray
Director, Sahara Group Foundation

As the year draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the incredible journey we have undertaken together, navigating challenges, embracing opportunities, and above all, making a profound impact on lives and communities. This year has been a testament to our unwavering commitment to positive change, and I am excited to update you on some highlights of our collective journey.

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