, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 21 – The Safaricom Foundation and the M-PESA Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rotary International the world’s largest volunteer organisation, to explore partnerships to implement community projects in Kenya.
The MoU will see the M-PESA Foundation, the Safaricom Foundation and Rotary work towards mobilising financial resources and expertise from Rotary volunteers and Safaricom staff to implement community programmes in education, water, maternal and child health and economic empowerment.
“We are very keen on implementing sustainable community projects that have a bigger and long-term impact. We cannot do this alone. That is why we have signed this MoU with Rotary Kenya so that we can explore mechanisms to leverage on our joint skills and expertise to work with more communities, ” Safaricom Foundation Chairman Joseph Ogutu said during the signing of the MoU.
Since its inception in 2003, the Safaricom Foundation has implemented over 1,000 community projects, impacting over three million people in areas of Health, Education, Environmental Conservation, Economic Empowerment, Water, Disaster Relief, and Arts and Culture.
The M-PESA Foundation that was started in 2010 has also implemented large scale projects in the area of health, education and integrated water and food security.
“There are Rotary clubs in all parts of Kenya that are run by Kenyans who live in the locality. We run the Jaipur Foot Project that gives and fits prosthesis limbs, we have built over 3,000 boreholes in Kajiado, Coast, Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western regions and our Rotary clubs run education scholarship programmes that have benefited thousands of Kenyan youth,” Bimal Kantaria, the Rotary Kenya District Governor said.
Globally, Rotary has over 1.3 million volunteer members who have formed 33,000 Rotary clubs.
Rotary has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to see the eradication of Polio in the world. In the last 20 years, Rotarians have given about $1 billion towards the eradication of Polio.
A Steering Committee from the Safaricom Foundation and the M-PESA Foundation and Rotary Kenya will work together to develop a framework for the implementation and operation of the MoU.
The Memorandum of Understanding is effective in April 17, 2015 and shall remain in force until June 30, 2018.