Safaricom spends Ksh4.5m on school facilities in Ukambani


Safaricom Foundation Chairman Joseph Ogutu (left) addresses the media after a stakeholders’ forum at a Machakos hotel on Friday January 19, 2018. The meeting aimed at bolstering uptake of the Sustainable Development Goals within local communities in the region.

Six schools from the Lower Eastern region have benefited from infrastructural facilities worth Ksh4.5 million courtesy of the Safaricom foundation.

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Speaking during a stakeholders’ forum at a Machakos hotel Friday, the Foundation’s Chairman Joseph Ogutu said various schools from Kitui, Makueni and Machakos Counties have through this initiative, received new classrooms, furniture, a library, and other facilities.

“We believe that building a literate generation is an investment towards the future. Over the years, we have partnered with other 50 schools and organizations in the Lower Eastern region to improve infrastructure in various institutions, transforming the lives of over 30, 000 people,” he said.

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Ogutu said among the schools that have benefited from the latest community projects were Uamini Primary School in Tala, Machakos which received a library valued at Ksh1.2 million.

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Others included Kateke primary school in Kitui which received a fully-furnished classroom worth Sh990, 000, Ithemboni, ACK St. Stephen Kathemboni Secondary school and Kiamba Primary School which received new furniture worth over Ksh2.3 million each.

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He noted that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all.

“For these goals to be achieved, everyone needs to do their part whether in government, the private sector, civil society, Foundations, Non-Governmental organizations or as individuals,” the chairman said.

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The stakeholder meeting was aimed at bolstering uptake of the SDGs within local communities in the region.

Since its inception 15 years ago, Safaricom Foundation has invested over Sh150 million in various projects in the Lower Eastern region, aimed transforming lives of the local communities.




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