Monday, 6 August 2012

Safaricom Foundation wins corporate philanthropy award

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By Fred Maingi

Safaricom Foundation of Kenya has received a prestigious Corporate Philanthropy Award at the inaugural 2012 East Africa Philanthropy Awards in Kampala, Uganda. 

The awards ceremony organised by the East Africa
Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) recognise and celebrate outstanding
contributions of individuals and organisations to strategic social
development and to the growth of the philanthropic movement in East

    Presenting the award, the Chief Executive Officer of EAAG, Nicanor
Sabula said, “We are glad to note that Safaricom, not only gives a
share of its profits to the communities that it operates in. Their
contribution has also seen their employees invest some of their time
and skills to better the lives of those they interact with in
different communities”.

 He cited the World of Difference programme which allows employees to
take up to 90 days off to offer their expertise in Community Based
Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations and the Pamoja Scheme
that gives employees an opportunity to make a difference in their own
communities, as some of the unique attributes that made the Safaricom
Foundation stand out from other organisations involved in corporate

 Safaricom’s Head of Corporate Responsibility Sanda Ojiambo said that
the award is humbling, especially coming on the heels of the launch of
the 3rd edition of the World of Difference programme by the Safaricom

 “Since the Foundation’s inception in 2003, we have strived to make a
significant difference to our Corporate Social Investment activities,
by adopting a differentiated approach to giving. We are glad to see
that the impact has not only been noted within the communities we
operate in, but also by highly reputable organisations such as the
East Africa Association of Grantmakers”, she said.

 Safaricom is one of six organizations and individuals honoured at the
awards ceremony which was held at the Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel
in Entebbe, Uganda. Others include the Masaai Girls Education Fund
which took the Community Philanthropy Award and Dr. Charles Mulli, the
Founder and CEO of Mully Childrens Family who was given Family
Philanthropy Award. Other winners were Ephantus Maina of the Haki
Trust who took home the Young Philanthropist of the Year Award while
Mrs. Phyllis Keino of Lewa Children’s Home and Moving the Goal Posts
was awarded the Jury Chairperson Award.

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