Safaricom Foundation has today launched its three year strategic roadmap, which commits to focus on Health, Education and Economic empowerment even as it celebrates 15 years of transforming lives all over the country.
The strategy is geared towards positively impacting local communities and will also continue to provide immediate financial support to relief agencies and local organisations that are first responders to emergencies and disasters.
In his keynote address, Siddharth Chatterjee – United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) & UNDP Resident Representative to Kenya highlighted on sustainable development for the country to prosper and reduce poverty. He insisted that a paradigm shift is needed to make sure we #LeaveNoOneBehind by making sure citizens can easily access health care and education, if we want to truly acheive our Vision 2030 goals
He added by saying that if we were to make investments in education and skills & having access to quality, affordable and preventative health, then Kenya will be the beacon of hope that Africa needs to have.
.@SafaricomFDN is a prime example of how great things happen when private/public partnerships come together for the empowerment of the people. What they have done in their 15 years of existence should be implemented across the board ~ @sidchat1 @UnKenya #SafaricomFoundation pic.twitter.com/uEMTCRD84a
— Kenyan Collective 🇰🇪 (@KenCollective) May 17, 2018
In his message, Director of Strategy and Innovation at Safaricom, Joseph Ogutu said that this new strategy is a blue print that is deliberately aligned to our nation’s needs, as well as the needs that the SDGs needs to meet.
“Our mission is to build communities and demonstrably transform lives through impactful investments and partnerships that are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. We made significant achievements in our last strategy and we now have an even stronger desire to deliver greater impact over the next three years,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman – Safaricom Foundation.
3 Key Pillars
Under health, the Foundation will focus on addressing maternal mortality as well as Non-Communicable Diseases, paying special attention to children with diabetes by overall ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for Kenyans.
For education, the Foundation will address literacy and numeracy as well Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for Kenyans.
Under economic empowerment, the Foundation will focus its efforts on empowering the youth through entrepreneurship opportunities and ensuring full and productive employment and decent work for young Kenyans.
“This Strategic Plan expresses the aspirations of our partners and all the stakeholders; a framework through which we shall apply our resources and strengths to impact on lives & we will work with a wide range of partners to co-create strategic and shared value programmes and also engage in advocacy activities that relate to deepening the impact of our work and our partnerships,” said Mr. Ogutu.
Over the last 15 years, the Safaricom Foundation has reached more than four million Kenyans across the country through programmess aimed at alleviating poverty, extending quality education to nomadic communities, increasing access to maternal health care and improving access to clean water.
The extensive reach has been attained through partnerships with more than 1,000 organisations.