- The Computer Lab donated by Ecobank has a capacity of 25 people
- An initial donation of 15 computers worth over KES800,000 have been delivered to the home in phase 1 with 10 more to be delivered in the second phase
- Ecobank Day is marked annually through corporate social responsibility activities
Nairobi, 21 October 2023… Ecobank Kenya, an affiliate of Ecobank Group, the leading pan-African banking group has partnered with Heritage of Faith and Hope Children Centre on a three-year campaign aimed at transforming the education of the youth and equipping them with digital skills necessary for the ever-changing job market.
The Bank announced this when it donated a fully equipped computer lab to Heritage of Faith and Hope Children Centre in Mlolongo during its 10th Ecobank Day anniversary. Ecobank Day is Ecobank’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility event which Ecobank and its employees leverage to give back to their communities. Heritage of Faith and Hope Children Centre was established in 2002 and provides shelter to over 120 vulnerable children, including orphans, aged between 3 and 20 years old.
This donation follows the unveiling of a new three-year Ecobank Day campaign launched by Ecobank across its 33 affiliates where it seeks to create an impact in the education sector. The theme of this tri-annual campaign is: ‘Transforming Africa Through Education’. The first year of the campaign focuses on digital education and creating opportunities for children and youth so that they will receive the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future. Ecobank, seeks to construct 33 IT labs across its footprint as part of its 10 years of Ecobank Day initiatives. The construction of a computer Lab at the orphanage seeks to ensure the vulnerable children have access to the much sought after digital skills.
Josephine Anan-Ankomah, Ecobank Kenya Managing Director and Regional Executive – CESA, said: “Kenya’s population is forecast to grow from the current 53 million to 91.6 million by 2050 and it is vital that we equip our youth with the best possible set of skills that will set them up for tomorrow’s jobs. We are in era of rapid technological advances, with digital skills increasingly in demand. We are particularly proud to be part of the new digital education narrative in Kenya through this donation. I want to thank our partners including Heritage of Faith and Hope Children Centre, Belva Digital and Amref International University who have made this day a reality for our youths through their various contributions.”
Heritage of Faith and Hope Children Centre Director, Teresia Waweru Kimiti said: “It is a much welcome gesture for Ecobank to give these vulnerable children a shoulder to lean on. This way, they will be digitally exposed just like other children in Kenya and their future will be brighter thanks to the construction of this computer lab.”
Besides the IT lab, Ecobank’s partners Amref International University delivered a talk on digital skills while Belva Digital donated Sh100,000 towards purchase of both food and non-food items. Employees from the three organisations joined Ecobank during the activities at the orphanage that saw them mentor children while also lending a helping hand through cleaning, cooking and watering trees.
Ecobank Day has supported and furthered a wide range of important causes every year since 2013. These have been Education for young people in Africa (2013); Malaria prevention and control (2014); Every African child deserves a better future (2015); ICT education in schools and improving maternal health (2016); Safe water management (2017); Orphanages (2018); Cancer (2019); Diabetes (2020); Mental health (2021) and financial literacy and financial inclusion (2022).
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Ecobank Kenya began operations in Kenya in 2008. It is licensed and supervised by the Central Bank of Kenya. Ecobank Kenya has its Head Office at Ushuru Pension Plaza, and has 16 branches, 28 ATMs, [100 Xpress Point agents. It serves numerous individuals, schools, churches, sole traders, SMEs, local, small and medium corporates, regional companies, NGOs, financial institutions, international organisations, multinationals, public sector entities, governments and government agencies through its Consumer, Commercial and Corporate banking divisions. The Bank is 100 per cent owned by Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), the pan-African financial conglomerate headquartered in Lomé, Togo, which operates in 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
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