DECATUR, ILLINOIS, U.S. — Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced on Dec. 27 that it has donated $125,000 for a computer lab at Lycée Mamie Faitai de Bingerville in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The donation includes 40 computers, 10 printers, software, licenses, uninterrupted power supply and related installation costs. The computer lab project will be implemented by Opportunities Industrialization Center — Côte d’Ivoire, a local nonprofit organization.

“This donation is a part of ADM’s efforts to help improve the quality of life in communities where we have operations,” said Scott Walker, managing director, ADM Cocoa International. “ADM believes education is the foundation for progress, and Lycée Mamie Faitai de Bingerville provides vital educational opportunities for girls from Abidjan and throughout Côte d’Ivoire. The new computer lab will enhance the educational opportunities provided to the students through improved technology and Internet access.”

“ADM chose to revamp the school’s computer lab because technological literacy is vitally important to prepare young women for careers. In addition, the computers and equipment will aid in teaching and evaluation of students,” said David Loué, ADM sustainable development manager in Côte d’Ivoire.

This donation was given through ADM Cares, a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.

Lycée Mamie Faitai de Bingerville in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, is an all-girls boarding school and one of the country’s oldest educational institutions dedicated to the education of girls. It was founded in 1938 and has contributed significantly to the development of women throughout Côte d’Ivoire.