Press Release: Kenya Red Cross | Safaricom Response To Westgate Crisis

Kenya Red Cross (KRCS) is a humanitarian relief organization created through an Act of Parliament, CAP 256 of the Laws of Kenya on 21st December 1965. As a voluntary organization, the society operates through partnerships to alleviate human suffering. In the Strategic Plan 2011-15, the National Society

Safaricom is one of the leading integrated communications companies in Africa with over 17 million subscribers. Safaricom provides a comprehensive range of services under one roof: mobile and fixed voice as well as data services on a variety of platforms. Safaricom Limited directly sponsors community activities, projects and events that make positive contributions to Kenyans. The goal is to impact communities in direct ways through support for community projects while generating positive publicity for the company.

The long partnership between the Safaricom Limited and Kenya Red Cross has been centred on the delivery of humanitarian services to vulnerable persons. Past collaboration has included Kenyans for Kenya Drought Initiative, support to the Water and Sanitation programs, health interventions, floods response and reconstruction after the Tana Delta Crisis Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is a humanitarian relief organisation created in 1965 through an

The Westgate Mall Crisis

On Saturday 21st, September 2013 shortly before 13h00 an armed group gained forceful entry into Westgate Shopping Mall and attacked members of the public with hand grenades and gun shots. There were simultaneous heavy gunfire inside the building which lasted for several minutes leaving scores of people injured and several dead.

The Westgate Mall crisis entered a third day with intensified security operations inside the Westgate Mall and within a 200- metres security cordon. According to the Kenya Government sources, the number of deaths remained at 62 and 175 casualties

Humanitarian response

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has continued to play a leading role in alleviating human suffering occasioned by the terrorists attack. The interventions include, and are not limited to country- wide blood donation drive, psychosocial support services, tracing and restoration of family links and a 24-hour command centre at the Visa Oshwal Centre which is located in the vicinity of the Westgate Mall.

In response to the disaster, Safaricom launched a nationwide mobile money transfer through M-PESA line 848484 that enabled the public to raise funds. So far an estimated 60million has been realised but the need gap still exists.

See the Status report on the partnership and disbursement of funds on the attached report. herewith >>>  Safaricom KRCS Partnership

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