In a move that exemplifies the power of corporate social responsibility, Safaricom, in collaboration with its foundations – the M-PESA Foundation and Safaricom Foundation, has dedicated a substantial sum of over KES 50 million towards projects aimed at improving education, health, and the environment in Nyandarua and Laikipia Counties. This initiative is projected to positively affect the lives of around 5000 individuals and benefit approximately 100 schools within these regions.
The transformational efforts in the educational sector are nothing short of impressive. Take, for instance, the Mumbi Primary School in Ol Kalou, Nyandarua County. This institution, previously grappling with deteriorating infrastructure, is about to experience a notable facelift thanks to a generous KES 34 million contribution from the M-PESA Foundation. The funding will go towards the construction of much-needed classrooms, upgraded latrines, an administration block, a library, and an ICT center that will serve both primary and secondary school sections. Additionally, a multipurpose hall and kitchen facilities are in the works, further underlining the holistic approach taken to enhance the learning environment.
Ngai Ndeithia Primary School, also in Nyandarua County, benefited from a KES 16 million project orchestrated by the Safaricom Foundation. The school’s infrastructure was refurbished, offering improved learning conditions to the students. As part of this endeavor, a free medical camp was hosted at the school premises, benefiting over 3000 residents. This two-pronged approach reflects a commendable commitment to both educational infrastructure and the general well-being of the community.
Safaricom’s interest in environmental well-being is equally commendable. By partnering with the Kenya Forest Service, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, Safaricom has launched a school regreening initiative. This initiative intends to distribute 10,000 fruit trees among 100 schools in Nyandarua and Laikipia Counties, promoting ecological awareness and fostering a sense of environmental stewardship from a young age. Furthermore, Safaricom has contributed to the reafforestation efforts at the Nyahururu Golf Club by planting 5000 indigenous trees.
This commitment to environmental sustainability aligns with Safaricom’s broader environmental goals, including the ambition to plant five million trees by 2025 and strive towards becoming a net-zero organization by 2050. This long-term approach to eco-consciousness showcases the company’s dedication to ensuring a greener and more sustainable future.
In conclusion, Safaricom’s investments in Nyandarua and Laikipia Counties, spanning education, health, and the environment, are indicative of a genuine commitment to community betterment. The impact of these endeavors is far-reaching, touching the lives of thousands and leaving a lasting imprint on these regions. Such initiatives serve as a model for responsible corporate engagement, fostering holistic development and enriching lives in more ways than one.