Safaricom, Tsavo Area Sales Manager, Lawrence Mutua, commissions a water project to Tsamvulani Mwache Fishermen and Traders Association in Kwale County. Photo / Courtesy Safaricom.

It started like a dream. Then it transformed into a good idea.  Today, Ndoto Zetu is touching the lives of thousands of Kenyans one project at a time.

From sewing machines to the House of Ozack in Busia County, to a water tank for Ketigoi Mixed Secondary School in Elgeyo Marakwet County and carts to Makueni’s Kikumbulyu Youth Group, Safaricom Foundation’s Ndoto Zetu campaign continues to put a smile on the faces of more Kenyans every day.

For Matuu Girls, it is the sports kits that put a smile on their faces. The girls in the school in Machakos County now can pursue their sports dreams, fully kitted. 

For a Community Based Organisation in Kakamega, the smiles came at the handover of jigger chemicals to the Feed and Tend CBO even as Manoa Dispensary, in Taita-Taveta County, got life-saving maternity equipment.

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In Machakos, some two dispensaries — Masewani and Tulila — received a major boost in their quest to offer quality and affordable maternal healthcare to area residents after they received much-needed equipment to their respective maternity wings through Ndoto Zetu.

The list goes on and on. So far, the Ndoto Zetu project has received 329 successful applications that have gotten Sh60.6 million in funding.

The total lives that are set to be touched by the end of Phase II projects’ implementation is about 14.7 million people directly and indirectly. So far, the initiative has seen projects in 46 out of the 47 counties benefit.

The 329 projects met the Safaricom Foundation’s due diligence criteria. The handovers are done by the Foundation’s management supported by the regional teams.

“We continue to handover the pending projects with the support of the regional staff with a target completion date of April 2021. A total 321 projects have been handed over in impacting 243,502 beneficiaries,” the foundation says.

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A breakdown of the projects show that health has received funding for 40 projects, benefiting 100,472 people.

In the economic empowerment segment, so far 82 projects have received their funding, benefiting 31,787 people. A total 199 education projects have been handed over, doing good to over 111,243 people.

An assessment of the impact of the projects shows that there was a key element to ensure that the projects done covered all the 47 counties.

There are eight projects pending handover. These include one project each from Tana River, Makueni, Murang’a, Taita Taveta, Nakuru, Bungoma and Nyamira and Samburu counties.

Ndoto Zetu Phase 2 has been most impactful this year touching 243,502 lives in each of the 47 counties.

There have been key learnings for the implementation team. The different methodologies employed in Phase 2 will guide approval of Phase 3 applications to ensure it reaches the most needy communities.

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