Danish Riverbed partner RanTek has teamed up with its UK peer Teneo to build a school in rural Madagascar.
The joint building project began in May and is expected to be completed in September. It is the centrepiece of both companies' corporate social responsibility (CSR) and volunteering programmes in 2019.
RanTek and Teneo are longstanding partners of networking vendor Riverbed, and they sent a joint team to the rural village of Andramanaka, in the south-east of Madagascar, to put up the structure of the school.
The island nation is among one of the poorest countries in the world with 20 million of its 22 million population classified as living in poverty with many children having to work to support their families.
The project was undertaken with the support of UK-based sustainable development charity SEED Madagascar and is part of the charity's development for small communities on the island.
RanTek founder Rene Bach Pedersen says the project has generated great interest among employees and customers.
"It's a total meeting of minds with Teneo, developing a long-term and sustainable volunteering project for communities in Madagascar," he stated.
"But we've also had an explosion of interest from employees that want to take part, as well as customers and technology partners that have donated to this project."
James Hall, Teneo's operations director, said: "We're very excited to be joining forces with RanTek and sending a team over to support a second project in Madagascar after we refurbished school buildings in the town of Manambaro - also in the Anosy region of the island - last year.
"With both our US Teneo colleagues and RanTek team from Denmark involved, we're making a lasting commitment to this community's development over the longer term."
Mark Jacobs, Managing Director of SEED Madagascar, added: "We are working closely with local communities to reach our charitable vision of communities and ecosystems sustainably thriving.
"We're thrilled that Teneo and RanTek are providing investment and hands-on support for the Andramanaka school project."
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