Having taken over the family trading business, which was established by his father,1904, GMH, as he was popularly known, went to into Agriculture, establishing tea and coffee plantations in the highlands of Western Equatoria, starting in 1932. Over a decade later, he introduced tobacco cultivation and expanded the family business into manufacturing, gold mining, trading and transport.
Long before the term Corporate Social Responsibility was coined, GMH was much involved in providing a helping hand to the local farmers, their families, Communities and the Region.
Five decades later, it was decided that the social responsibility and philanthropy should become institutionalized. This gave the birth to Haggar Foundation.
Following a decree issued by the Sudan’s Council of Ministers, The Registrar of Companies issued a Certificate of Incorporation, dated 24th April, 1988 to establish Haggar Foundation, a “Company Not for Profit”.
Haggar Foundation was the entity through which the Family and its Businesses would engage with and contribute to communities, wherever there were business activities, throughout the country.
Former Prime Minister, Late Sir El-Khatim El-Khalifa, an educationalist who held several high ranking posts and distinguished career serving the Nation, graciously accept to become the first Chairman, of the Board of Trustees.
The Late Sir El-Khatim had been Inspector for Education, in Juba, during the 1950’s when he and GMH became close friends.
The Foundation became involved in a broad range of activities, with local communities in the field of education, literacy, capacity building, and healthcare, the provision of clean drinking water, the environment, research, the arts, culture and sports.
At present, the Foundation’s only source of funds is from a percentage of the net profits of the group companies.
Abel Alier Kwai, former Vice President of the Republic and President of the High Executive Council, Southern Sudan, succeeded Late Sir El-Khatim, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Succeeded by Professor Abdalla Ahmed Abdalla, a former Professor of Agriculture and Ambassador.
The current Chairman is Anis G. Haggar.
Anis G. Haggar;
Board of Directors