21 May 2018

East Africa: Safaricom Foundation Launches New Strategy to Empower Local Communities

Safaricom Foundation last Thursday launched its Ksh 350 million three-year strategic roadmap, which commits to bolster health, education and economic empowerment.

"Our mission is to build communities and demonstrably transform lives through impactful investments and partnerships that are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. We made significant achievements in our last strategy and we now have an even stronger desire to deliver greater impact over the next three years,"

Joseph Ogutu, Foundation Chairman.

Foundation Chairman, Joseph Ogutu said the new strategy would continue to provide immediate monetary support to relief agencies and local organisations that are first responders to emergencies and disasters.

"Our mission is to build communities and demonstrably transform lives through impactful investments and partnerships that are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. We made significant achievements in our last strategy and we now have an even stronger desire to deliver greater impact over the next three years," said Ogutu.

"There is a lot that we can still do to see the rates go down significantly. We can do more," said Safaricom director form consumer business unit Sylvia Mulinge.

Safaricom Foundation will also shift its attention to non-communicable diseases as well as on children living with diabetes. Literacy and numeracy along with technical vocational education and training will also be addressed.

Speaking at the event, Safaricom goodwill ambassador, retired vicepresident Moody Awori noted that it was important to empower the society, especially the youth. "The youth today are bent on succeeding but need help to go about it the right way," he said.

Under health, the Foundation will focus on addressing maternal mortality as well as Non-Communicable Diseases, paying special attention to children with diabetes.

For education, the Foundation will address literacy and numeracy as well Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Under economic empowerment, the Foundation will focus its efforts on empowering the youth through entrepreneurship opportunities.

"We will work with a wide range of partners to co-create strategic and shared value programmes and also engage in advocacy activities that relate to deepening the impact of our work and our partnerships," said Mr. Ogutu.

Over the last 15 years, the Safaricom Foundation has reached more than four million Kenyans across the country through programmess aimed at alleviating poverty, extending quality education to nomadic communities, increasing access to maternal health care and improving access to clean water.

each has been attained through partnerships with more than 1,000 organisations.

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