Absa Bank Kenya has donated Ksh. 2 million in an initiative aimed at supporting over 1,000 vulnerable families affected by COVID-19. The initiative is in collaboration with the Christian Mission Aid (CMA).
The donation is valued at Ksh. 2 million and is part of various initiatives the bank has implemented over the past several months in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The bank has so far committed over Ksh. 50 million in the fight against the effects of the pandemic.
For this initiative dubbed Buckets of Blessing, the bank funded the purchase of essential foodstuffs such as beans, cooking fat, maize meal, rice, wheat flour and salt which will be distributed to needy families within the next two weeks.
The donations will support households of up to five people in parts of Nairobi and Kajiado Counties informal settlements for a period of up to two weeks. These include about 400 families in Kariobangi and Korogocho slums and another 600 households in Magadi, Mosiro and Gataka areas.
Speaking during the official launch of the Buckets of Blessing initiative in Korogocho slums, Absa Bank Marketing & Corporate Relations Director Ms. Caroline Ndung’u, said, “For us, supporting communities serves a higher purpose and goes beyond philanthropy. We believe that our fortunes are directly intertwined with those of our communities and therefore as an organisation we have a responsibility to improve the lives of the people around us. Over the years, we have been instrumental in driving initiatives that contribute to the sustainable economic growth and resilience of our communities.”
On their part, the CMA Chief Executive Officer Ms. Debbie Kitchel lauded the move and called on more organizations to join hands to cushion families affected by COVID-19 pandemic.