Winning Combination with Kenya Red Cross Society: Sustainability, Green and Innovation!

Jul 7, 2014 9:00 AM ET

Alcatel-Lucent Foundation Blog

The Alcatel-Lucent Foundation made a donation to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in 2011 to help combat the severe humanitarian crisis devastating East Africa, brought on by the worst drought in some 60 years. The donation was a result of a Global Matching Gift Program launched by the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation for Alcatel-Lucent employees. In 2012 and 2013 the foundation renewed its support by funding a new program of KRCS to improve food security and livelihood through climate change adaptation and environmental conservation in Inkisanjani - Loitokitok, Kajiado, by 2016.

Since then, the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation continued it support to KRCS program which aims to:

  • To enhance food security and livelihood through sustainable and appropriate technologies.
  • To mitigate the impact of climate change through protection of the springs.
  • To enhance access to clean and safe drinking water in the community.
  • To strengthen and build the capacity of Kajiado branch thereby enhancing the branch volunteers

The project targets the rural population in Enkaroni Sub-locations, Kuku location in Loitokitok, Kajiado County, on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, near the Tanzanian boarder. Once completed, the above components will directly benefit approximately 9,500 people with the irrigation component directly benefiting to more than 40 families.

No limits - Solidarity reached Kilimanjaro

From a distance of 240 Kms from Nairobi capital city of Kenya, a group of employees from Alcatel-Lucent East Africa accompanied by their CSO (Country Senior Officer) travelled to Loitoktok to support the KRCS during 2 days of full volunteering actions. Loitoktok is located in the South Eastern Kenya, at the international border with Tanzania. The town lies within the foothills and in full view of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Read here the full blog post by Sherine Aziez, Alcatel-Lucent MEA Communication.