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Public-private partnership aims to improve schools, strengthen communities

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

On April 17, FLA Participating Company Hanesbrands announced a new partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Chevron, and El Salvador-based NGO Glasswing International to support youth and community development in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The new four-year agreement expands Glasswing’s school makeover program to more than 75 schools, where efforts will focus on revitalizing and rehabilitating facilities for students.

At an event in Washington, DC, Celina de Sola (Glasswing), Mark Lopes (USAID), Teddy Mendoza (Hanesbrands) and William Irwin (Chevron) provided an overview of the program. “Ten years ago, there was a lot of salesmanship required in various sectors and within most corporations to explain why public-private partnerships were necessary,” said Mr. Lopes (left). “Today, most people recognize the value and need for this type of partnership.”

Mr. Mendoza (right) discussed the importance of supporting community development and filling the gaps left by poor infrastructure and lack of government support. Since the launch of the program, nearly 900 Hanesbrands employees in El Salvador had volunteered in after school programs and school renovation projects, and teachers and principals reported to Glasswing International that students were more motivated and that enrollment and retention had increased by 10-15 percent.

For more on the project, visit www.glasswing.org.

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