MBT Petroleum is proud to be associated with Vet Books for Africa, a non-profit, student-run initiative affiliated with the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. This unique project is the continuation that has run as a biannual event since its establishment in 1993.
The team of eight Onderstepoort students’ mission is to promote education and conservation by distributing textbooks, journals, and other veterinary supplies and equipment to veterinary faculties, rural communities, and schools – in need of these commodities – in the various countries in Africa while aiding and volunteering at veterinary clinics and conservation sanctuaries on the route.
The textbook and journals are distributed with the aim to serve and enrich the Veterinary field in extensive parts of the African continent as well as the lives of those people and animals that will benefit from the growth thereof. It is part of their mission to expand the number of countries that they visit on their biannual tour.
They have identified two more countries that they want to reach out to in 2022 and 2023 by doing two trips. MBT Petroleum is the main sponsor for the year, 2022 and is also involved as the Fuel sponsor for the trips. The two countries they are going to reach out to are Burundi and Rwanda. The first trip will take place from 30 June – 9 July 2022 and they will be traveling to Zimbabwe and Zambia. By splitting their trip in two, they will be able to visit Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi in December. They plan to take this trip from 2 December 2022 to 9 January 2023.
It’s very important for them to build relationships with the universities and conservation organizations in these countries. This initiative relies solely on fundraising, donations, and sponsorships from external companies, institutions, or individuals to make the trip a success and therefore make an appeal for any sponsorship or support towards the project.
The following factors are critical to the success of the project:
- Obtaining enough books, learning resources, medications, and equipment in time.
- Communicating with other African Universities to ascertain their specific needs.
- Providing excellent marketing opportunities to sponsors involved with the project.
While promoting the veterinary profession in Africa through the distribution of educational media, by personally delivering the veterinary journals, textbooks, and multimedia donated by generous sponsors to the veterinary faculties, they need to engage with and assist communities and their animals through the distribution of media, medication, vaccinations, equipment, and donations to various community veterinary clinics, animal rehabilitation centers, and animal sanctuaries.
As environmental awareness gets promoted through education across Africa and serves as an intermediary that links people and organizations across Africa – they will be able to ensure a sustainable future, all while advancing veterinary standards across Africa.
Vet Books for Africa’s ultimate goal is to unlock and unite the true potential of conservation in Africa through the education of veterinary students in Africa and preserving this world for generations to come. One Health, One Africa.
MBT Petroleum is excited to announce that people of the public will soon be able to donate to Vet Books for Africa at MBT fuel stations! For more information on Vet Books for Africa, how to donate, or to follow their exciting journey across Africa – visit the following sites:
Vet Books for Africa Website: http://vetbooksforafrica.org
Facebook Page: Vet Books for Africa
Email address: email@example.com