A total of €1 million was collected for the construction of 30 schools for Syrian refugees in Jordan and for a project known as Hope Village in Somalia, from guests at an event organised by Italian scaffolding and formwork company Pilosio.
At the Pilosio Building Peace Award in Milan, Italy, guests supported the Re:Build project started by Pilosio Building Peace. Among the donors was the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi who will donate funds for the construction of as many as 20 schools. Other donors included three major Italian Canadian building contractors, and Claudio Tesauro, president of Save the Children Italy, who will personally contribute to the construction of one school.
The collection was led by actress Sharon Stone, who is an ambassador for the Pilosio Building Peace Award.
Dario Roustayan, CEO of Pilosio and president of the Pilosio Building Peace Award, presented this year’s award to Dr Hawa Abdi, a Somalian gynaecologist and human rights activist, for her commitment during the years of famine and civil war.
Roustayan said that projects such as Re:Build saw “the entrepreneurial face of construction increasingly involved in giving support to local initiatives for a better and fairer society”.