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SAFARICOM FOUNDATION HANDS OVER AN ABLUTION BLOCK TO MUMBUNI BOYS HIGH SCHOOL - MACHAKOS

8th May 2013

Mumbuni Boys High School in Machakos has benefited from an ablution block that will help curb the high incidences of sanitation related diseases among the students due to poor sanitation.

The ablution block worth Kshs. 550,000 was constructed through funding from Safaricom Foundation.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Safaricom Trustee Kaaka Kagendo noted that before the construction of the new block, 80 students would share one toilet which led to a lot of time wastage and exposed the students to a lot of health risks. The new ablution block will see this number reduced to 29 students per toilet.

“A good learning environment is the one that offers basic facilities such as water and sanitation. Quality education can only be attained in an environment where the students are very comfortable which was not the case here,” Kagendo stated.

Mumbuni Boys School was started in 1965 with sponsorship from African Inland Church Machakos it is located 3kms from Machakos Town. The school has a population of 1040 students.

Millennium Development Goal 7 aims to ensure environmental sustainability by 2015 and target 10 aims to halve the proportion of people without access to sustainable safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

“We are grateful to Safaricom Foundation for stepping in and addressing our sanitation needs,” said the Headmaster Timothy Wambua.

 

Notes to the editor

Safaricom Foundation

The Safaricom Foundation is a registered charitable trust, and is the Corporate Social Investment arm of Safaricom Limited. Since its inception in 2003, it has disbursed Kshs.1.5 Billion towards various social projects that provide sustainable solutions to the most pressing social challenges. Its focus areas are Education; Health; Economic Empowerment; Environmental Conservation; Arts and Culture and Sports.  The Foundation also responds to disasters and humanitarian emergencies as they arise. Safaricom Foundation’s strategic directions contribute towards Kenya's development agenda and the Millennium Development Goals.