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.
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.
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.