NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – Barclays Bank of Kenya employees on Saturday joined their colleagues across Africa to volunteer their time and energy for their annual Make a Difference (MAD) campaign across the country.,
The campaign is focused on skills-based volunteering, building enterprise, employment and financial skills of youths between the ages of 10 and 35.
Various Barclays’ executives visited communities in which they operate across 35 counties countrywide among them the Shining Hope for Communities, Kibera, St Kizito, Nairobi Vocational Centre, Githurai and the Tania Integrated Institution Rehabilitation centre for neglected children in Kajiado to empower them.
Speaking at St Kizito, Nairobi Vocational Centre in Githurai Barclays Bank Managing Director Jeremy Awori noted the importance of inspiring the youth especially those coming from family with financial challenged as well as providing financial support.
“This day provides us with an opportunity to collectively and positively contribute to the communities within which we live,” Awori said.
The bank has invested Sh16.6 million towards Make a Difference Day.
MAD is part of the financial services provider’s citizenship initiative that seeks to impart entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy skills and employability skills.
The bank will soon be launching its flagship initiative, Light up Kenya to encourage the use of clean renewable solar lighting.
By the end of 2015, Barclays aims to have helped 5 million young people through skills-based volunteering initiatives.
To date, the bank has reached almost 2.5 million young people globally and Make a Difference, which is run annually, is a major contributor to this. Last year, 14 000 employees volunteered globally and 6,800 were from Africa.