Djibouti: A Small Place with a Big Heart

 In Literacy Project

Bright and early on Sunday morning, Ewan made his way from Ethiopia to Djibouti (‘ji-boo-tee’ ). The rest of the South African team couldn’t make it across because of VISA clearance troubles, but this didn’t matter in the end, the support and response on the ground was awesome!

Camp Lemonnier

The Pizza Hut in Djibouti is inside Camp Lemonnier, an active US military base. So the game plan was slightly different to other countries. We began the event by visiting the ADPEB Orphanage outside of the camp, who will be the beneficiaries of the African Literacy Project in Djibouti. The experience of sharing and exploring the Red Reading Boxes with these kids makes it clear how worthwhile this project is. 

The generosity we’ve seen on this journey never ceases to amaze us. We’d like to thank Omar from Bukhowa Investments – and Pizza Hut franchisee – for the incredibly generous donation of $5000 to the orphanage, as part of the African Literacy Project.

Keeping Great Company

By all accounts, Djibouti was a star-studded event. Captain America made an appearance, and as though that wasn’t enough, the US ambassador to Djibouti, Larry Andre, also spent the whole day with us, pledging his support and commitment to the project.    

 

A Token of Appreciation

We’re on this journey to make a difference in the communities we serve. So when we’re recognized at the military base, in the presence of the US Ambassador, and awarded  with gold military coins as a token of appreciation and recognition, it’s a great affirmation that we’re on the right track. Thank you for this truly incredible honor.

Photo credits: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassydjibouti/

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Downloadable press resources and photographs: https://pizzahutafricanliteracyproject.prowly.com

For interviews with the General Manager of Pizza Hut Africa, Ewan Davenport, or other team members, please contact Lizzy Moletsane –  lizzy@platocomms.co.za / +27 (0) 83 256 3918 / +27 (0) 11 886 0211

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The Slice of Africa is Pizza Hut Africa’s contribution to the global initiative called Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project. Established in 2016, Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project was created to encourage literacy through providing reading resources and engaging customers to make a difference for the cause. In its first year, the global campaign impacted 15.9 million people and distributed more than 275,000 books and educational resources to communities in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica and South Africa.

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