The former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has said he will launch legal action against the Daily Mail for causing tremendous damage to the reputation of the his charity foundation – Didier Drogba Foundation – after they published an article which claimed that £1.7 million worth of funds donated to his charity had not been put into good causes.
Insight Of Didier Drogba’s Charity Foundation
Established in 2007, the Didier Drogba Foundation aims to provide support to the Ivorian people and vulnerable Africa in the field of health and education.
In 2015 Drogba was pesented with Barclay Spirit of the Game Award for his charity work with Didier Drogba Foundation in Africa. The former Chelsea striker aims to help young people in his home town Abidjan, Ivory Coast, achieve their dreams through the Foundation, by contributing financial and material support in education and health – including a mobile clinic operating in Abidjan, which travels to villages to treat people, a dialysis machine, the Project against Child Labour Scheme, The Heart Schools kits and supporting orphanages.
The football player also donates all his commercial and sponsorship earnings totalling €3.7 million to support his charity works.
The Mail report on the Didier Drogba Foundation claimed that only one percent (£14,115) of donations made by high-profile people, royals and business people in the UK over five years had gone to good causes. It also claims £439,321 was spent on fundraising parties while the rest of the funds were “languishing” in bank accounts.
According to them, out of up to five clinics scheduled to be built, only one has been set up which has no staff or medical equipment.
In a statement on Instagram, Drogba accused the newspaper of “irresponsible journalism” which he claimed had jeopardised the lives of thousands of African children.
In his words:
“Despite sending legal letters and 67 pages worth of documents advising the Daily Mail that their information was factually incorrect and libellous, they have decided to ignore the facts so I am issuing legal proceedings against them today.”
“They have already caused an untold around of damage by contacting all of my sponsors, my colleagues and many of my friends who generously helped the Foundation with donations, and out doubts in their mind about whether to continue to support us in the future.
“I come from a poor family and I had to work hard to get where I am today but this would mean nothing to me if I wasn’t able to give back to my country, my continent, and my community.
“Despite their claims, there is no fraud, no corruption, no mismanagement, no lies, no impropriety.
“Their attempts to destroy the work of the foundation will not deter me and will not stop me continuing the work we have begun.”
The foundation is currently under investigation by the Charity Commission who expresses concern about the administration of the charity and oversight provided by trustees, all of whom appear to live abroad, as well as allegations that the charity has provided misleading information to donors and the public.