Prime Bank Supports Freedom for Girls Sanitary Towels Project

(From left) Prime Bank Managing Director Mr. Bharat Jani, Mrs. Usha Kantaria, President and Executive Director of HEART Foundation Dr. Vickie Winkler and the bank's Chairman Dr. Rasik Kantaria during the cheque presentation to HEART.
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Prime Bank has donated a full year’s supply of sanitary towels, undergarments and health education booklets to 2,727 orphaned girls.

In one of its flagship corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects – Freedom for Girls – the bank for 11 years running has donated Kshs. 1.5million towards ensuring girls do not miss school during their monthly cycle.

Speaking during the event held at the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel, chief guest, and Indian High Commissioner to Kenya H.E Rahul Chhabra commended Prime Bank for supporting the noble cause.

“It is heartening to know  that through its  CSR activities,  Prime Bank  supports  Kenyan girls, “ said  the High Commissioner adding that India  is also  supporting the endeavours of the  Kenyan government to help its people  prosper  through various schemes, grants and concessional loans.

(From left) Prime Bank Managing Director Mr. Bharat Jani, Mrs. Usha Kantaria, Prime Bank Chairman Dr. Rasik Kantaria, Chief Guest, the High Commissioner of India to Kenya, His Excellency Rahul Chhabra (centre), President and Executive Director of HEART Foundation Dr. Vickie Winkler and Dr. Rakhee Kantaria with some of the beneficiaries of this year’s sanitary towel project from Cheleta Primary School.

Also speaking during the event, founder, President, and executive director of HEART Foundation, Dr. Vickie Winkler said over 900,000 girls lose four  to five  days of school every year during their monthly cycle.

“Over 240,652 packages have been distributed since 2008 in various counties through our partnership with Rotary, Lions and HEART and the sponsorship from Prime Bank,” added Dr. Winkler.

Prime Bank Managing Director Mr. Bharat Jani said the bank has consistently remained committed in maintaining its corporate value of caring for the society.

“In line with the bank’s CSR policy, we have always endeavoured to improve healthcare, education, support to the needy, and nurture talent through sports in the communities we operate,” he added.

Since its inception, Prime Bank has donated Kshs. 12 million hence ensuring 27,171 girls are guaranteed full year’s supply of sanitary towels and undergarments.

Freedom for Girls (FFG) is a sanitary towel project that was initiated in the year 2008 by Rotary District 9212, Lions International and Health Education Africa Resource Team (HEART) as the implementing partner. The objective of the project is to ensure vulnerable adolescent girls are provided with a year’s supply of sanitary towels (12 packets), 4 pairs of undergarments, a booklet on hygiene and HIV prevention education.

Through its stake in First Capital Bank, Malawi, the bank has developed its business interests in other African countries such as Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has also embarked on strengthening its capital base through private placement and partnerships with international firms.

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