Toyota to donate SUVs to Africa NPO

JIJI

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it will donate two sport-utility vehicles to a U.S. nonprofit organization working to reduce extreme poverty in Africa.

The automaker will provide the Land Cruiser SUVs to the NPO, Millennium Promise, for use in emergency transportation of pregnant women and other patients to hospitals, as well as for transporting staff, agricultural seeds and crops.

One Land Cruiser will be donated to each Millennium Promise project, in Tanzania and Mali. The project, called Millennium Village, is undertaken in cooperation with the U.N. Development Program and Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

The decision was made following talks with the Japan chapter of Millennium Promise ahead of the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development set to start in Yokohama on Saturday, according to Toyota.