Safaricom staff members have come together to donate over 4 Million Kenya Shillings worth of food to needy families across the country. Their donation was to the tune of 2 Million and Safaricom Foundation matched it and added another 2.
The donation benefited more than 1,300 families in Korogocho and another 1,200 in Kitengela, Thika, Naivasha, Mombasa and Bungoma. Each of the families will receive one month’s supply of foodstuff.
Over the last few months, Safaricom and its two Foundations, have been engaged in a wide range of community initiatives to respond to the needs of Kenyans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through M-PESA and Safaricom Foundations, the telco has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to healthcare workers, helped communities to access clean water and provided cash transfers for food.
“Our team of 6,000 staff felt it’s important that they make a personal contribution to help us drive our purpose of Transforming Lives. They came together to donate and we will be distributing this to communities who have been affected by the pandemic”, said Peter Ndegwa, Safaricom CEO.
In the last few months, Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations have donated PPEs to healthcare workers in 13 counties. In addition, residents of Kibera, Mathare, Kawangware and Korogocho have also benefited from Safaricom Foundation water funded projects while several Counties have also received handwashing soap.
In April Safaricom donated KES200 Million through the Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations towards providing Cash transfers for food to support vulnerable communities as well as thermal cameras worth KES 10 million to the Ministry of Health installed in various border entry points.
Safaricom has so far committed over KES 250 million in various philanthropic initiatives in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.