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About WOD

WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

Launched in 2010, the World of Difference programme provides a unique opportunity for selected participants to volunteer their time, technical knowledge and skills, working with partners of the Safaricom Foundation. Aside from getting a unique capacity building and exposure opportunity, the volunteers extend and improve services, and give the Foundation’s partner organizations the leg-up they need to move forward.

WOD PHASES

There have been two phases of World of Difference. The first phase, launched in 2009 had 12 Safaricom staff - three teams of four, with each participant being seconded for a three month period. The second phase, launched in 2011, had 19 staff members taking part. In addition to the staff, three university students also participated.
World of Difference is a two-way exchange of knowledge of skills. Whereas, partner organizations have benefitted from the expertise of the seconded staff, the seconded staff have in turn learned about new working environments and experienced challenges and growth outside  their normal working environment.

PASSION AND COMMITMENT

WOD is designed to enhance staff engagement and involvement of the community by: 

  • Promoting community work and volunteerism amongst the staff of Safaricom and the invited participants
  • Enhancing staff knowledge and skills in the community-based service through firsthand experience
  • Helping partner organizations implement life-changing programmes

World of Difference application forms are also available at all our retail shops countrywide. 

For more information on World of Difference programme check our website: www.safaricomfoundation.org/ or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore, will on 5th November announce the third phase of World of Difference winning teams. The teams will spend one year with a project partner of choice selected from among the Safaricom Foundation’s project partners. Also to be announced will be internal individuals and members of the public who will be taking part in the program.

World of Difference (WOD) is a Safaricom Foundation programme that provides opportunity to staff to take part in life changing experiences. It also strengthens the Foundation’s partnerships with both its project partners and local communities. This is the third time the Safaricom Foundation has supported the programme that was established by the Vodafone Group Foundation in 2002.

Selection for the program is done on a competitive basis. Teams comprising of four people from a multi-disciplinary background submit a proposal on how they will work on a project of choice for the year. The successful teams then receive the opportunity to work with their selected project partner and local community on a full time basis.

The CEO will announce 3 teams of four, 6 internal individuals and 7 external individuals. During the second phase, the World of Difference programme selected 19 members of staff up from 12 staff members in the first phase.

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WOD Phase 3 Winners

External Applicants

Yoram Mwangi aka Dj Protégé is the Business Development Manager at Capital Digital Media, of Capital Group Limited, producer on Capital FM and Entertainment Manager and resident Dj of Big Five Breweries LTD.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Moi University and his hobbies are deejaying, travelling and reading.

Yoram Mwangi - 28 years

Partner Organisation - Alive and Kicking

Lily is a holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication, Post Graduate Diploma in Librarianship and Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She is currently working for Moi University as the Head of the University Bookshops.

She has depth and breadth in library management thus she shall be a strong partner to the organization and will assist the partner in developing a five year strategic plan.

Lily Nyariki – 57 years

Partner Organization - Denise C Hogan Library

Catherine is currently pursing PhD and holds a Master's in Counselling and Bachelor of Education.

She is the founder of Life Bloom service international and has the drive and passion for the role. She will assist the partner in development of sustainability initiatives as well as increasing their visibility and awareness.

Catherine Wanjohi – 44 years

Partner Organization - Brucewood Educational Centre

Collince is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce-Finance; he is in second year of his studies.

He has passion for the project and would like to pass information to the youth practically on cancer awareness.

Collince Oluoch Osewe – 21 years

Partner Organization - Africa Cancer Foundation

Zawadi is a holder of Bachelor of Arts –international law. She has experience and exposure required for the assignment besides strong academic background. She will assist the partner in development of sustainability initiatives as well as ICT training.

Zawadi Nyongo – 32 years

Partner Organization - Deaf Youth Congress

Meshack is a holder of Bachelor of Science in nursing. He is currently working at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu.

He has passion and energy and definitely will add value to the partner in awareness creation and will also assist in their communication strategy.

Meshack Otewa - 24 years

Partner Organization - African Neurological Research Foundation

George holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development.

He has experience working in a similar capacity in other areas. He will assist the partner in resource mobilization for sustainability.

George Musiomi Shimanyula – 33 years

Partner Organization - Chesire Homes

Doris is a holder of Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance and a Diploma in Project management. She will assist in resource mobilization for sustainability.

Doris Amukua Shichiri - 27 years

Partner Organization - Junior Achievement Kenya

Internal Applicants

Donna is a holder of Bachelors in Telecommunication and Engineering and IT. She is currently working at Safaricom Limited at Network and Service Operations.

She will definitely bring a positive change through her support towards resource mobilization.

Donna Phoebe Rege – Technology Division

Partner Organization - Imarisha Rights Centre

Vincent is currently undertaking an MSc-Philosophy and holds a Bachelor of Education-English and Literature. He is currently working at Safaricom in Network Fraud on Job Rotation.

He will assist the partner in marketing and communication.

Vincent Okinyi Mau – Customer Management Division

Partner Organization - Trust for African Rock Art

Benson is a holder of an MBA and a Bachelor of Education and currently pursuing CPA section 4.

He is currently working at Safaricom as a Stock Controller. He will help the organization with a financial management tool to enhance efficiency.

Benson Huria – Consumer Business Unit

Partner Organization – Brucewood Education Centre

Pauline is a holder of Masters in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Science in Wood Science. She is currently working at Safaricom Limited as Retail Supervisor. She has very good understanding of environment management.

Her role at CODET will be to support their Environmental conservation initiatives as well as setting up their tree nursery resources.

Pauline Wahome – Consumer Business Unit

Partner Organization – Community Development Trust

Fredrick is a holder of Bachelor of Commerce-Marketing. He is currently working at Safaricom Limited Retail Shop in Kitui. He will help the partner organization on sustainability initiatives.

Fredrick Gathiga – Consumer Business Unit

Partner Organization – Hope Child Development Organization

Petra is a holder of Bachelor of Science–Food and Dietetics. She is currently working at Safaricom Limited as Retail Support Analyst.

She will help the partner organization in Curriculum development for the life coaching; she is ready to go out of her way to teach the children on how to use the social media. She will definitely bring a positive change to the community.

Petra Migisi – Consumer Business Unit

Partner Organization – HOREC

Members:

  • Linda Mwanzia Nganga – Customer Care Division
  • Rachel Wambui Kiarie – Consumer Business Unit (Retail Centre)
  • George Munga Ruire – Finance Division
  • Julius Wanjohi Kariuki – Customer Care Division

The team will assist the partners in resource mobilization and deployment of mobile technology in their activities

Farm Africa Team

Members:

  • Timothy Kimutai Kiprop – Customer Management Division
  • Philemon Kipchumba – Consumer Business Unit (Retail Centre)
  • Jimmy Mwang'ondi – Technology (Database Administrator)
  • Adeline Nafula Sirengo – Customer Management Division

The team has great energy and synergy and will assist the partner in IT, Marketing, Resource Mobilization and Strategy.

Denise C Hogan Library

Members:

  • Christine Egessa – Customer Management Division
  • Linda Kendi – Customer Management Division
  • Anne Kinuthia – Consumer Business Unit (Retail Centre)
  • Christopher Somek – Technology Division

They are a very organized and motivated team and will assist the partner organization in Fundraising, Marketing, Capacity Building and IT.

Sabatia Eye Hospital

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