Safaricom, a leading telecommunications company with operations across the East African region, is helping marginalized communities achieve sustainable development by funding water projects.
In its latest initiative, students of Shavihiga Special School for the mentally handicapped have received a water project funded by the Safaricom Foundation, the communication firm’s social responsibility arm.
The institution, located in Western Kenya, received a Ksh1.64 million ($15,800) boost that will provide safe water for the school and the community at large.
“Improving the environment for learning institutions across the country especially the marginalized is part of our mandate as a foundation. Education has been part of our main area of focus since inception in 2003 and we are keen on working with various institutions across the country to ensure that learners have a conducive setting to access knowledge,” said George Ndhiwa, Safaricom Head for the Greater Western Kenya region.
The United Nations classified Kenya as a water scarce country with 41% of the population lacking access to safe drinking water while 20% lack access to continuous safe water.
This project meets the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) that ascertains quality education and the sixth goal that ensures availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
“We used to incur huge bills to ensure that we had water. Unfortunately, the supply was erratic and unsafe and caused frequent ailments amongst the students. Now with this clean and steady supply of water, our students will focus on learning and the community will also benefit at a very low cost which will earn the school extra funds,” said Ms Damaris Otieno, Head Teacher at Shavihiga Special School.
Shavihiga Special School is one of the many schools that has received support from the Foundation in the region.
The Safaricom Foundation partners with Kenyan communities, organizations and institutions to improve and transform lives.
“With a footprint in all of Kenya’s 47 counties, and a strong history of partnerships dating back to our inception in 2003, the Safaricom Foundation has worked with Speed, Simplicity and Trust to implement over 1,000 community projects, impacting over 3 million people, through our thematic areas of Health, Education, Environmental Conservation, Economic Empowerment, Water, Disaster Relief, and Arts & Culture,” the organization said in a statement.