Engendering the power of partnerships

Safaricom Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in Kenya. It was established in 2003.We aim to transform lives and build communities through funding sustainable projects which leave an impact.

The Foundation plays a critical role in supporting Safaricom’s mission to transform lives. The commercial aspect of the business and the Safaricom Foundation need to be completely integrated because we have a common vision.

That is why a number of the company’s executive committee members are among the Safaricom Foundation’s Trustees to ensure there is complete alignment between the company’s commercial and philanthropic vision.

The word “Twaweza” captures it perfectly; that when we come together great things happen. Safaricom Foundation has aligned its objectives to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals adopted by countries to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. We have adopted nine of these goals to define our impact and relevance to society.

In the last 15 years, we have invested heavily in education, health, economic empowerment, environment, technology for good, arts and culture and disaster and emergency interventions.

What you will read in the following pages is some of the stories that come from the communities we have interacted with in pursuit of our transforming lives purpose in the last two years. You will read about mothers and their newborns and what a medical facility closer to their homes meant.

You will read about stories emanating from programmes we undertook under the eight pillars that have supported our strategy for the last 15 years.

We believe in working with partners because therein lies the power to deliver greater impact.

At that beginning of this year, Safaricom Foundation made a strategic decision to focus on three key thematic areas for 2018–2021: health, education and economic empowerment.

Under these three themes, we focus our efforts on Maternal and Child Health, Diabetes in Children, Improving Learning Outcomes, Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Economic Empowerment for the Youth.

We are always excited to forge new partnerships with like-minded organizations because therein lies the power to deliver greater impact.

We wish to express our gratitude to all the partners who have worked with us these past 15 years.

The Sustainable Development Goal No. 17 posits stronger commitment to partnership and cooperation is needed to achieve the 17 SDGs.
We could not have done what we have alone and certainly, we will need to build more partnerships to continue transforming lives.

We could not have done what we have alone and certainly, we will need to build more partnerships to continue transforming lives.