Safe & Green Holdings Announces Collaboration with Earth Our Common Home (ECHo) to Launch the ECHo Impact Investment Fund for Africa
Fund established to enable impact investments that help deliver on the mission of ECHo—pursuing the attainment of human dignity on the African Continent
Plan to initially augment medical facilities at 500 clinics and hospitals located within Catholic Dioceses; goal of 10,000 facilities over the life of the project
MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Safe & Green Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SGBX) (“Safe & Green Holdings” or the “Company”), a leading developer, designer, and fabricator of modular structures for residential, commercial, and point-of-care medicine, today announced that the Company has commenced discussions with Earth our Common Home, Inc. (“ECHo"), a Delaware 501(c)(3) corporation, to create the ECHo Impact Investment Fund for Africa (“The Fund”), which will enable potential impact investments in furtherance of the Company’s and ECHo’s missions.
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Left image: Founders of ECHo - Ms. Prishani Satyapal, Professor Edward S Ayensu (late) (Former Chairperson of the Inspection Panel of the World Bank Group), His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Turkson (Chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Science and Social Science), Mr. Alan Dones. Right image: Paul Galvin, Chairperson & CEO, Safe & Green Holdings, recently appointed Chair of the ECHo Impact Investment Fund for Africa. (Photo: Business Wire)
ECHo’s mission is “to facilitate connection, collaboration, and action with multi-sectoral partners; mobilizing funding for scalable and inclusive projects that respond to the Cry of the Poor and the Cry of the Earth, as referenced in The Holy Father Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter - Laudato sì: On Care for Our Common Home.”
ECHo strives to access and direct funding to the curating, design and implementation of projects that enable systemic impacts. ECHo has formed a collaboration with faith groups and communities in underserved areas, including a unique partnership with the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa (SECAM), which is the leadership organization of the Catholic Bishops of Africa. Through this partnership, ECHo seeks to partner with impact investment-funded enterprises, such as Safe & Green Holdings, to support the attainment of human dignity on the African continent. The Company’s collaboration with ECHo is intended to help implement the African Diocese’s desire to augment the health facilities and associated health services of Africa, which are under the influence of the Dioceses. The Company’s goal is to provide modular medical units to support the clinics and hospitals. The Company and ECHo have identified Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria as the countries for initial focus. Specifically, the entities will establish augmented medical facilities at 500 clinics and hospitals which are located within Catholic Dioceses. The facilities/services will be developed based on engagement with the various Dioceses and respective Bishops Conferences.
Paul Galvin, Chairperson and CEO of Safe & Green Holdings will serve as Chair of the Fund. Mr. Galvin will not be involved in the day-to-day fund investments or day-to-day operations, which will be overseen by Mr. Alan Dones, Ms. Prishani Satyapal and their team. The Company is in talks with ECHo to provide seed capital of $1 million USD for the Fund, through a potential loan to ECHo, to enable the roll-out of its relationship with SECAM. Subject to final definitive agreements, this capital will be provided to ECHo over a 13-month period and will be converted to equity in the Fund. The Company would also provide overall support for the project.
SECAM’s President, His Eminence, Cardinal Ambongo commented, “The desire to further catalyze and accelerate collaboration between ECHo and SECAM, aligns and responds to the outcomes of the recent Vatican Synod on Synodality (October 2023) and the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation, Laudato Deum, by His Holiness Pope Francis. Both events have emphasized the urgent need for co-responsibility in addressing the pressing challenges of protecting our common home.”
Paul Galvin stated, “I am inspired by ECHo’s mission to bring impact investments at scale to communities in need. This aligns with the Company’s business objectives, which includes rolling out fit-for-purpose modular medical units that are environmentally sound and designed with the end user in mind. I fully and enthusiastically accept this challenge, and it is done so humbly, knowing how much there is to be done to create meaningful and lasting economic development in communities that have been marginalized in their advancement.”
About Safe & Green Holdings Corp.
Safe & Green Holdings Corp., a leading modular solutions company, operates under core capabilities which include the development, design, and fabrication of modular structures, meeting the demand for safe and green solutions across various industries. The firm supports third-party and in-house developers, architects, builders, and owners in achieving faster execution, greener construction, and buildings of higher value. The Company’s subsidiary, Safe and Green Development Corporation, is a leading real estate development company. Formed in 2021, it focuses on the development of sites using purpose-built, prefabricated modules built from both wood and steel, sourced from one of SG Holdings’ factories and operated by the SG Echo subsidiary. For more information, visit https://www.safeandgreenholdings.com/ and follow us at @SGHcorp on Twitter.
About Earth our Common Home, Inc.
ECHo focuses on integral ecology through systemic and circular change, that builds economic fortitude and resilience within communities. ECHo works to access and direct funding to the curating, design and implementation of projects that enable systemic impacts. ECHo has formed a collaboration with faith groups and communities in underserved areas.
The vision of ECHo:
Create a global organization that responds to the Cry of the Poor and the Cry of the Earth by mobilizing global resources and funding for advancing thought and action, at scale, with and in Diocese and communities in need.
The Mission of ECHo:
To facilitate connection, collaboration, and action with multi-sectoral partners; mobilizing funding for scalable and inclusive projects that respond to the Cry of the Poor and the Cry of the Earth, as referenced in The Holy Father Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter - Laudato sì: On Care for Our Common Home.
Echo website: www.echoimpactfund.org
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Released December 20, 2023