ATS Euromaster is a founding member company of Transaid, an international UK development charity that aims to reduce poverty and improve livelihoods across Africa and the developing world through creating better transport.
It does this by building local skills and knowledge to make transport safer, cheaper, cleaner and more effective, ensuring better access to the essentials for everyday life such as healthcare, education and training, and economic opportunities.
ATS supports Transaid through fundraising initiatives among employees and is also able to offer technical expertise into Transaid projects.
What Transaid does
Transaid has three core areas of expertise:
Transaid works with departments of health, governments and other organisations to improve the management and maintenance of their fleets of vehicles.
Professional Driver Training
Transaid promotes professional driver training standards (for heavy goods vehicles and passenger transport) and develops driver training programmes to improve driver competence, road safety and the efficient use of vehicles.
Community Managed Transport
Transaid provides appropriate and alternative community led forms of transport, such as bicycle and motorcycle ambulances, where conventional forms of transport are unavailable or unaffordable.
Where Transaid operates
Transaid works in East, West and Southern Africa and some parts of Asia.
In Zambia & Tanzania – improving professional driver training standards and road safety “Road related deaths are the third highest cause of premature death in Africa after HIV/AIDS and malaria”
Transaid is working with the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) in Zambia to improve professional driver training and safety standards. The region has a huge shortage of skilled HGV drivers and road crashes occur at an alarming rate. The tragic loss or injury of a breadwinner can drive poor families deeper into poverty and there is also an economic cost due to goods which may be spoiled in transit and the cost of organizing another load.
Transaid aims to reduce the number of fatalities which occur all too often, enabling a more efficient economy and safer communities. Since the project began in mid 2008 over 1000 drivers have been trained. Following its success, the project is being expanded into Tanzania where the focus will initially be on bus driver training.
In Nigeria- improving access to health care for women and children “When Transaid began working in Nigeria there were just 160
functioning vehicles to serve a population of over 16 million.”
Transaid is working in northern Nigeria to improve access to health care for women and children to help reduce child and maternal mortality. It has developed a number of projects to improve the Ministry of Health’s transport, including the training of ambulance drivers and transport officers and has also established a volunteer based emergency transport system with local taxi drivers for pregnant women.
To find out more visit www.transaid.org
Donate to Transaid by visiting www.justgiving.com/transaid/donate