COPENHAGEN (Somalilandpress) — The Danish Shipowners’ Association has donate a significant amount of money for underprivileged kids in Somaliland through Save the Children’s development projects. The donation worth about DKK 1.5 million ($270, 000 USD) is said to be part of a new initiative of fighting piracy in the region with new methods and strategy.
The Director of the Danish Shipowners’ Association, Mr. Jan Fritz Hansen, told local reporters that his organisation believes fighting piracy on several fronts was the best solution.
“The warship is doing a great job chasing the pirates at sea, but we strongly believe that a support and education effort ashore will help as well,” he told local media.
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According to Shipgaz, The Save the Children project has been selected after a consultation and a recommendation from the Dannish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The funding will support educate young underprivileged children achieve education in the fields in the country.
The funding is said to be donated by Denmark’s five largest shipping firms; Maersk Line, Torm, J. Lauritzen (JL), Clipper Group and Scandinavian.
The Danish Shipowners’ Association, which represents Denmark’s shipping industry was established in 1884. Shipping is Denmark’s second most important export earner, with a turnover of more than $18 billion and 500 ships registered under Danish flag.
Photo: David Hazell
Somalilandpress, 31st March 2010