Safaricom projects change refugee scholars’ livesFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi , Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – SAFARICOM has pledge to use its mobile telecommunications products and services to improve the quality of life of the underprivileged in Kenyan refugee camps.
Chief Executive Officer, Bob Collymore, said this was in line with efforts to contribute to sustainable livelihoods throughout the East African country.
He said this as he delivered a virtual inspirational talk to students learning in Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee camps from his Safaricom Headquarters boardroom.
Collymore advised the students to aspire for academic and social excellence.
Address was in line with Safaricom’s patnership with Vodafone foundation,United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other education non-governmental organisations to implement the Instant Classroom
initiative, which was created from Vodafone Foundation’s experience of running eLearning programmes in refugee camps.
Safaricom has partnered with UNHCR and the World Food Program to help improve humanitarian effectiveness through the ‘Chakula Chap-Chap’ initiative, which translates to ‘food delivered promptly’.
Safaricom has also partnered with Vodafone foundation, UNHCR and other education NGOs to implement the Instant Classroom initiative which was created from Vodafone Foundation’s experience of running eLearning
programmes in refugee camps.
The programme is reaching more than 30 000 young refugees a month and the aim is to bring a quality digital education to up to 3 million young refugees by 2020.
Safaricom has also partnered with Ericsson, UNHCR and Vodacom to reconnect refugees.
The objective is to assist lost families and friends to trace and reconnect with their loved ones through a family/friend tracing tool available on USSD that allows refugees to register, search for their
missing loved ones by sharing information securely and reconnect with their loved ones.
– CAJ News
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