PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Covance Inc.
(NYSE: CVD), a global drug development services company, and CARE, a leading
humanitarian organization, announced today that they are partnering to support
the Covance-CARE Early Childhood Development (ECD) Initiative for Orphans and
Vulnerable Children in Rwanda. Covance will contribute to help transform three
existing buildings into community day care centers for children ages two to
four and renovate two existing nursery schools. Covance will also support the
daycare center operations that will provide a safe and secure environment for
pre-school children and assist in their physical, emotional, and cognitive
A delegation of Covance and CARE representatives visited Rwanda recently
to meet many of the community leaders as well as the children and their
families participating in this program.
"CARE and Covance share the core belief that education is fundamental in
alleviating poverty around the world," said Donald Kraft, Covance Corporate
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, who led the delegation with Deborah
Tanner, Covance Corporate Senior Vice President and President of Central
Laboratory Services. "We are honored to partner with CARE in its efforts to
bridge the educational, social, and developmental gap among the most
vulnerable children in Rwanda. The dedication and professionalism of the CARE
teams in Rwanda are outstanding."
"Our employees have demonstrated a strong commitment to making a
difference in these children's lives and contributing to their developmental
needs and well-being," said Deborah Tanner. "Together with CARE, we are
looking forward to the development of sustainable learning environments that
will help empower and shape these children, who serve as the future of
CARE International developed the innovative 5x5 ECD Model, which is being
implemented in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda. Its aim is to promote the
well-being of vulnerable children below school age and address the significant
gap in programming for preschool Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in
Africa. The model also builds on CARE's strengths in fostering community
economic development, OVC support, and child health, nutrition, education, as
well as their rights. In Rwanda, CARE International is piloting the ECD
project in the district of Kamonyi, which will assist communities to set-up
and run three ECD centers for children ages two to four in Musambira, Karama,
and Nyarubaka sectors. The organization will also support two nursery schools
for children ages four to six in Gacurabwenge and Karama sectors.
"We have been truly impressed with the strong support and commitment from
the Covance employees for this important cause," said Elie Nduwayesu, CARE
International Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program Manager in Rwanda. "The
long-term impact of deprivation in early childhood has been well documented.
The majority of children who are not in school in Africa are girls and are
more likely to experience abuse, neglect, and child domestic labor. The ECD
program will protect these children from all types of abuse and contribute
significantly to their healthy development."
Up to 16 percent of all orphans in Africa are under five years of age. An
estimated 70.9 million children in this age group are living in conditions of
extreme poverty and disadvantage; one out of ten will not see their fifth
birthday. The sheer scale and complexity of the problems of AIDS, conflict,
natural disasters, diseases, and poverty are eroding traditional support
networks and leaving these young children without the care that is critical to
growth and development. These vulnerable children face unprecedented threats
from arrested cognitive and emotional development, preventable illnesses,
malnutrition, HIV infection, and child rights violations. CARE International's
objective is to learn from the pilot in order to scale-up the 5X5 ECD model in
Rwanda in the near future.
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE
places a special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with
the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire
communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based
efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access
to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, and protect
natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and
natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives. For further
information on CARE's mission and programming, please visit www.care.org.
About Covance Inc.
Covance, with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world's
largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies with
revenues over the last twelve months of approximately $1.5 billion, global
operations in more than 20 countries, and approximately 8,700 employees
worldwide. Information on Covance's products and services, recent press
releases, and SEC filings can be obtained through its website at