In October 2013 the Safaricom Foundation celebrated a decade of partnering with Kenyans to transform lives across the country. CBM, as one of the partners for the foundation, took the opportunity to exhibit our work.
CBM Kenya / Safaricom Foundation partnership
On 23 October 2013, the Safaricom Foundation celebrated a decade of partnering with Kenyans to transform lives across the country. To celebrate day, Safaricom hosted its partners to a sit down dinner at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. CBM was listed as one of the partners for the foundation and took the opportunity to exhibit our work to the almost 500 guests at the CBM booth provided at the venue. Representing CBM at the event were Mr. David Munyendo (Country Coordinator for Kenya) Ms. Rosemary Nzuki (Communication manager for East Africa Region), Mr. Nicholas Njoroge (Communication Officer) and Ms. Michelle Petters (Project Assistant).
In 2010, CBM Kenya was a beneficiary of the Foundation when they received funding of 3.4 million Kenya Shillings towards the rehabilitation of children with Cerebral Palsy through selected CBM partners for a period of one year. A total of 65 children received comprehensive rehabilitation, and a total of 195 assorted assistive devices given (Wheelchairs, special seats, push carts, hand splints to mention but a few).
Speaking at the event, the Foundation Chairman, Joseph Ogutu noted that the ten year celebration was a moment of reflection and acknowledgment of the innovation and goodwill of communities, the strength of partnerships and the immense contribution of Safaricom staff. “We have ten years of results, demonstrated by sustainable programmes and strong and enduring community partnerships countrywide,” he said.
Notable progress to improve quality of life of Kenyas
Among the key achievements listed by the Foundation in the last five years include; over a million people have benefitted from various disaster response initiatives; 830,000 Kenyans have received specialised health services through mobile medical camps; over 680,000 children are now learning in classrooms; 232,000 people have been economically empowered through community based income generation projects and 172,000 people can access clean and safe water for domestic use through community water projects.
Whilst thanking all the partners for the achievements, Mr. Ogutu noted that the organisation did not only give cheques, but also got involved through the entire life cycle of the project from monitoring to active staff participation in the programmes. Founded in 2003, Safaricom Foundation was among the first and remains the largest corporate Foundation in the country. To date, the foundation has partnered with various organisations and has implemented over 700 projects countrywide.
The Foundation works countrywide to improve the quality of life of Kenyans through partnerships to implement project in health, education, economic empowerment, environmental conservation, water, arts and culture, sports and disaster relief.