A Broader Commitment
Finmeccanica traditionally carries out its charitable work
where the need is most urgent, often working with charitable
partners such as the International Childcare Trust.
For many years Finmeccanica has supported DREAM – Drug Resource
Enhancement against Aids and Malnutrition. The Finmeccanica Group
has chosen as its motto for Africa, the Swahili proverb ‘mwana
simba ni samba’, which translates as ‘a lion cub turns into a
lion’. It is supporting education in African countries with three
The Festival of Science in Owerri, backed by funding and support
from Finmeccanica, marks the start of a project to build a centre
for teaching and spreading scientific knowledge. The centre is
located in the Nigerian state of Imo, which has seven universities
with more than 100,000 students, and no less than 4,000 primary and
Democratic Republic Of Congo
Strengthening and improving professional training. The project
aims to reinforce professional training in Congo by strengthening
and improving the educational and training activities of the ‘Don
Bosco’ Professional Training Centre to support the young students
at the College.
Setting up a church, school buildings and a medical camp in
Mbanda, The project involves building a mini-village which will
become a focal point for the local community with several workshops
to teach a number of occupations, particularly in the fabric and
For some years, since their school was destroyed in the
devastating tsunami of December 2004, Finmeccanica has worked in
partnership with the ‘Comunità di Sant’Egidio’, to help almost 400
children in Kamala. Thanks to the Finmeccanica employees, almost
two thirds of the building is now usable again.
Finmeccanica employees continue to support the ‘Distance
Adoption Project’ in Sri Lanka, alongside the International
Childcare Trust. This provides around a hundred children with food
and clothes, basic health care and specific medical treatment,
school fees, textbooks and writing materials.
Thanks to the generosity of employees
from within the Finmeccanica Group, those Pakistan people affected
by the disastrous floods in 2010 that caused 1,700 deaths and left
more than 21 million persons without a home, will now have new
resources to meet their needs.
The charity campaign SOS Pakistan,
launched in September 2010 by Selex ES on behalf of Finmeccanica,
has raised a total of £20,500 across the Group. This is a fantastic
achievement and will help to improve the conditions of local people
affected by one of the worst floods in the last 80 years. Through
the coordination of the National Disaster Management Authority, the
money we have raised will be used to buy new electricity generators
for small local communities as well as basic necessities.
"On behalf of my people, I wish to
express my heartfelt thanks for helping to alleviate the suffering
of populations affected by this unprecedented humanitarian crisis,"
said the Ambassador of Pakistan in a note of thanks addressed
to Fabrizio Giulianini, Selex ES's CEO.
Finmeccanica North America continues its commitment to the
Aleethia Foundation, whose aim is to support the newly injured
service members of the US armed forces. Finmeccanica North America
also supports ‘Operation Mend,’ through the DRS Technologies
Charitable Foundation. This is a unique partnership between Ronald
Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center in San
Antonio, Texas to help treat US military personnel wounded during
service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The company also supports Bergin University’s Paws for Purple
Hearts (PPH) program, which helps heal returning US combat veterans
by teaching those with psychological scars, including Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to train service dogs for their
comrades with physical disabilities.