SAFARICOM FOUNDATION EXTENDS ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE KENYA RED CROSS IN FLOOD-HIT COUNTIES

Safaricom Foundation chairman Joseph Ogutu (right) with the Secretary General of Kenya Red Cross, Dr. Asha Mohamed, flag off flood response donations at Safaricom headquarters. [PHOTO- COURTESY]
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Over one thousand  households affected by floods in Tana River, Lamu, Isiolo and Baringo counties are set to benefit from a donation of non- food items. This is after Safaricom Foundation extended its partnership with the Kenya Red Cross to help families affected by the ongoing floods.  The foundation has put in Kshs.  11 million towards the provision of three months’ supply of sanitary towels, kitchen sets, mattresses, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, soap, jerricans and water disinfectants.  Moreover, in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, the affected families will also receive face masks.

“It is unfortunate that the residents of these four counties have to deal with both the effects of flooding and the risk of the Covid-19 disease,” said Joseph Ogutu, Safaricom Foundation Chairman.  “They have lost their property because of the heavy rains which also puts them at risk of waterborne diseases,” he added.   Last month, the Foundation donated non-food items worth Kshs.  14.7 million to families in Homabay, Kisumu, Siaya and Busia counties who had been severely affected by the ongoing floods.

Safaricom is also working with the Kenya Red Cross to send messages to people living in flood prone counties, urging them to take early precaution. So far, these alerts have been sent to over eleven million people in Western Kenya, Rift Valley, Coast, North Eastern and Central regions.

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