Fund supports children

October 3, 2001, 10:30 CEST

This year, a total of NOK 950,000 has been awarded by Statoil’s Anniversary Fund to three projects for children and young people in Russia, Ethiopia and Norway.

The Statoil humanitarian aid programme in north-western Russia has been awarded NOK 500,000. The project has been running for two years and provides free breakfasts for 600 schoolchildren at two schools in Murmansk. This grant will allow the project to continue for one more year. The committee for the programme is headed by Statoil’s Torbjørn Lindseth.

The “Water for Ethiopia” project, which is cooperating with Norwegian Church Aid to collect money to drill water wells, has been awarded NOK 100,000. Many Statoil employees pay a voluntary deduction from their monthly salary to the project. Marit Stavland, Turid Enoksen, Arne Åkerlund and Knut Tjosevik, who are all Statoil employees, administer the work.

The Stavanger branch of the Norwegian Church Urban Mission has been awarded NOK 350,000. The mission carries out work in preventive measures aimed at children and young people who are at risk of developing behavioural problems and becoming drug abusers.

Sigurd Kristiansen, chairperson of Statoil’s Anniversary Fund, reports that 26 proposals for support to projects in and outside Norway were received this year.

The Anniversary Fund was established in connection with Statoil’s 20-year anniversary celebrations in 1992. With NOK 10 million in base capital, its objective is to improve the conditions of children and young people.