By Ajibola Abayomi,
November 9, 2018.
There is a saying that “The eyes are the windows to the soul” but in the case of APM Terminals, the eyes are the windows to Kenya’s trade and employment.
APM Terminals in Kenya teamed up with nonprofit group TwoBillionEyes Foundation to provide vision improvement access to truck drivers at Great Lakes Ports Limited and economic opportunities for some of Kenya’s unemployed youth.
Poor vision is a global issue affecting 2.5 billion people, according to information from TwoBillionEyes. Meanwhile, youth unemployment is a challenge across Africa, with Kenya posting a 39.1 percent unemployment rate based on the United Nations Human Development Index 2017 report.
Commenting on the initiative, Wouter De Gier, Head of Safety, Environment and Performance Management, APM Terminals, says, “APM Terminals is committed to creating meaningful impact to the communities where we operate.
“We are delighted to collaborate with TwoBillionEyes to promote among our driver partners the importance of proper vision that leads to road safety, as well as to provide economic opportunities among the youth in Kenya.”
The partnership resulted in a free eye check-up camp held from 27 August to 13 September 2018, benefitting 550 truck drivers who ply the Mombasa roads.
“The vision testing made use of the 0.66 minimum Kenyan requirement for driving. Of this number, 14 percent or 77 drivers were fitted and issued with eyeglasses on the spot to improve their vision.
Conducting the vision testing were eight unemployed youth branded as VisionVijana agents (Vijana means youth in Swahili). These agents were selected through a rigorous recruitment process from a pool of youth applicants. Following the selection process, the agents participated in two intensive weeks of technical training from licensed professionals, empowering them to conduct the vision testing with confidence and subsequently receive compensation.
Tito Okuku, Managing Director of Great Lakes Ports Limited, APM Terminals Kenya adds, “Uncorrected vision could not only derail our operations but also compromise the business of our customers and trade partners. We want to ensure that our driver partners see clearly so they can deliver customer cargoes safely and on time.”
A.P. Moller – Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs roughly 76,000 people.
With simple end-to-end offering of products and digital services, seamless customer engagement and a superior end-to-end delivery network, Maersk enables its customers to trade and grow by transporting goods anywhere – all over the world.
APM Terminals operates one of the world’s most comprehensive port and integrated inland service networks. We’re uniquely positioned to help both shipping line and landside customers grow their business and achieve better supply chain efficiency, flexibility and dependability to compete and win in world markets.
APM Terminal’s team of 22,000 industry professionals is focused on delivering the operational excellence and the solutions businesses require to reach their potential. We operate a network of 76 ports and over 100 inland services locations globally.
Part of A.P. Moller – Maersk’s Transport and Logistics business unit, we leverage more than a century of industry experience to design and build high-quality container terminals, and provide port and inland services for cargo handling and transportation between port facilities and inland locations.