Safaricom Foundation in partnership with Scope International has set up 17 sanitation booths at a cost of Kes 1.1 million in Homabay, Siaya, Migori, Kisii, Bungoma and Busia, to be used by 60,000 people daily including ferry users with the aim of curbing the spread of COVID-19. These booths are strategically located at Kenya's border to Tanzania at Isebania in Migori County and at the Ugandan border in Bungoma and Busia counties.
Mr. Joseph Ogutu, Chairman of the Safaricom Foundation said that the reasoning behind the sanitation booth installation was to minimize the risks of the cross border infections as well as crowded areas in the ferry and bus stops.
Operations Officer, Scope International Stella Mbuga reiterated that they hope the booths will help reduce the spread of the virus. She was happy with the partnership with Safaricom Foundation that focuses on hygiene among vulnerable communities.
Safaricom Foundation has been actively involved in efforts to help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic such as:
- Personal protective equipment donations to health care workers in Uasin Gishu County.
- Devices given to students in Kawangware and Dandora for e-learning on boarding.
- Awarded Kes 20million towards cash transfers provision for food to support vulnerable communities.
- Gave thermal cameras worth Kes 10million to the Ministry of Health that have been installed at various entry points.
Their efforts are truly recommendable.