SAFARICOM FOUNDATION RESPONDS TO EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR TANA CLASH VICTIMS
The Safaricom Foundation has responded to an urgent appeal by the Kenya Red Cross for donations for Tana River Clash victims.
The Foundation has handed in a cheque of Sh10 million that will help the survivors of the clashes rebuild shelter.
“These are our brothers and sisters and the least we can do is to help them rebuild their lives. We did it with the Kenyans for Kenya initiative last year where we raised funds to help Kenyans who were dying of hunger, I believe we can do it again today to help the Tana clash victims,”Safaricom Foundation Chairman Joseph Ogutu said noting that women and children continue to suffer the most.
According to the Kenya Red Cross Society, more than 30,000 people were affected by the clashes with 12,000 of these displaced in the violence that left 118 people dead.
Majority of those displaced have now settled in temporary camps in Dide, Waride, Witu and Mpeketoni while others have moved to Mamburi, Marerani and Lamu districts.
Others have camped in swampy forests along the shores of the Tana River in Kau, Kilelangwani, Tizama lako and Ozi.
“We are urgently appealing for more donations to assist the clash victims. We ask Kenyans of goodwill to assist us provide emergency aid and resettle these people,” said KRCS Secretary General Abbas Gullet.
“We have been in Tana Delta since the clashes began on the night of 13th August offering humanitarian support but our resources are dwindling fast,” he added.
KRCS has been offering emergency health needs, shelter, water and sanitation response in Tana Delta since the conflicts erupted.
NOTES TO THE EDITOR
Safaricom provides a comprehensive range of services under one roof. This includes mobile and fixed voice and data services on a variety of platforms. With annual revenues in excess of Kshs 100 billion, it is Kenya’s widest 3G network with a growing fibre optic cable footprint and its most expansive WIMAX presence.
Safaricom pioneered pioneered commercial mobile money transfer globally through M-PESA, the most successful such service anywhere in the world. Launched in March 2007 as a money transfer service, it now has over 15 million customers and over 37,000 Agent outlets countrywide.
The Safaricom Foundation is a registered charitable trust, and is the Corporate Social Investment arm of Safaricom Limited. Since its inception in 2003, it has disbursed Kshs.1.5 Billion towards various social projects that provide sustainable solutions to the most pressing social challenges. Its focus areas are Education; Health; Economic Empowerment; Environmental Conservation; Arts and Culture and Sports. The Foundation also responds to disasters and humanitarian emergencies as they arise. Safaricom Foundation’s strategic directions contribute towards Kenya's development agenda and the Millennium Development Goals.