VENTURES AFRICA – Didier Drogba, one of Africa and Ivory Coast’s most popular sportsmen, is living up to his promise of playing an immense role in improving his native country through various novel philanthropic activities. The striker, who currently plays for Chelsea FC, set up the Didier Drogba Foundation in 2007 with the aim of providing financial and material support in both health and education to the Africans.
In line with its goals, the Didier Drogba Foundation raised an impressive £400,000 at a charity ball in London a last week. The ball was well attended by a stellar cast of famous footballers including some of Drogba’s Chelsea teammates. Among those present were Petr Cech, Eden Hazard, Bransilav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Nemanja Matic, Thierry Henry, Louis Saha, Edgar Davids, Jermaine Defoe and Chelsea skipper, John Terry.
The funds will be directed towards kitting and completing the medical clinic which the Foundation has funded and built in the country’s capital, Abidjan. With the clinic near completion and set to open later this year, the Didier Drogba Foundation has also announced that it will fund and deploy mobile clinics that will operate in villages outside Abidjan.
The Didier Drogba Foundation also plans to build schools in Ivory Coast in the future. Former president of the Cote D’Ivoire’s Football Federation (FIF), Jacques Anouma serves as an Honorary President of the Foundation.