Third Sector Excellence Awards 2013: Corporate Partnership - Winner: Sabre Charitable Trust with Ove Arup & Partners

Awarded to a partnership between a charity, social enterprise or other kind of voluntary organisation and a business, which has demonstrated strong mutual benefits

Sabre Charitable Trust with Ove Arup & Partners

- What was the partnership?

The Sabre Charitable Trust is an education charity working in the nursery sector in Ghana. For five years it has been working in partnership with Ove Arup & Partners, an international design and engineering firm, to build pre-schools in Ghana.

- What did they do?

The partners have so far built three pre-schools together. Arup initially provided construction drawings for local builders to follow, and now provides continuous support and technical advice. Arup has also created a step-by-step construction manual that includes 3D drawings for local craftsmen to use. This clear, high-quality information has been recognised by the aid agency USAID as setting the standard for construction drawings in Ghana.

- How have partners benefited?

The partnership has given Sabre a tried and tested approach to building better schools and provided Arup's employees with the chance to make a difference to children's lives.

- What did the judges say?

Tim Wright, partnerships director at RSA (insurance), said: "The use of skills was impressive."

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