The Safaricom Foundation will invest Ksh 100 million in the fourth phase of the Ndoto Zetu initiative, focusing on education, economic empowerment, and health.
The initiative allows community members to select projects they want to be supported.
Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa made the announcement at Salvation Army Joytown Secondary School in Thika, Kiambu County, where the foundation donated 10 laptops and 8 projectors worth over Ksh 1.5 million shillings.
“Ndoto Zetu aims to support Kenyans who are keen to make an impact in their communities through social investments. Through the initiative, we ask Kenyans to share their dreams and aspirations that they hope to achieve in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. Each dream we help fulfil translates to thousands of lives being uplifted and transformed”, Said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.
Since its inception in 2019, Ndoto Zetu has reached nearly 3 million Kenyans. A similar amount was allocated in its third phase. As a result, it impacted over 2,000 partners and benefited 7 million people.
Since inception in 2019, #NdotoZetuUwezoWetu has reached close to 3 million Kenyans. This year, we aim to reach a further 2 million with projects worth 100 million shillings. #Tuinuane pic.twitter.com/AT5b9skvT3
— Stephen Kiptinness (@SKiptinness) July 22, 2022
According to its 2022 annual report, the four areas it supported include:
• 1.8 million young people learn with dignity in well-equipped classrooms and are accommodated in clean and comfortable dormitories.
• 16,000 special-needs learners are receiving appropriate education support
• M-PESA Foundation Academy provides quality education to bright children from 47 counties.
1.25 million girls have benefited from the” Keeping Girls in School “project.
• 3,000 community health volunteers are building capacity through technology on the LEAP Platform, reaching 360,000 people.
• 300,000 women and youth have been economically empowered
• 1.3 million trees have been planted to conserve the environment.
• 350,000 women have had safe childbirth.
• 1.2 million people have received health services through medical camps.
• 700,000 Kenyans have access to clean and safe drinking water.
Safaricom Foundation was established in 2003 and registered as a trust. The Safaricom Foundation focuses on health, education, and economic empowerment.
Safaricom PLC funds the foundation at KShs 510 million annually and has a presence in all 47 counties.
“In the short-to-medium-term, we anticipate that we will increase our momentum to implement the Foundations’ strategic focus for FY2023, to reach two million Kenyans,” the telco says in its report.