ABC Bank has donated Ksh. 250,000 to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) in support of their Education Commission’s efforts in improving educational standards in the country.
The bank issued the cheque during the ongoing Catholic Private Schools Education Conference at the Catholic University of East Africa. The conference has brought together about 600 delegates representing Catholic educational institutions across the country.
While presenting the donation, Head of Retail banking Amanda Corline lauded the church for its role in the educational sector in the country for over a century.
“ABC Bank recognizes the need for the private sector to participate in enhancing access to quality education for the Kenyan child, and we support the efforts by the Catholic Church in this direction”, noted Amanda.
ABC Bank continues to invest in key areas of need among Kenyan communities- health, education, humanitarian and development.
The Bible Society of Kenya has benefited from a donation by ABC Bank in support of its Children’s Program.
The bank donated Ksh. 100,000 to the society to go towards enhancing its Children’s Outreach Program activities. The program focuses on character formation and equipping pre-teens and teenagers with necessary life skills.
The donation is part of ABC Bank’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, which includes supporting social causes in communities where it operates in.
Speaking during the cheque presentation ceremony at the Bible Society of Kenya offices in Nairobi, Head of Retail Banking Amanda Corline said the bank is committed to supporting social causes that have a significant and direct impact on communities.
A group of young girls spent a day at ABC Bank Head Office with employees who took their time to inspire, encourage and guide them on various life issues.
The girls from Kayole Children’s Home sat their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) last year, and are awaiting their results, with high hopes of joining university.
They are beneficiaries of well wishers, who support their education and upkeep. Their benefactors in Friends of Kayole (FoK), a group of ABC Bank staff who have been supporting them, led by the Internal Audit team.
After supporting the children’s home for several years, the bank staff felt it was necessary to introduce a psycho-social support program that will ensure the children make the right life choices and grow up to become economically self-reliant and responsible people. They received guidance on career choice, life skills and personal development.
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ABC Bank has donated Sh.250,000 in support of health facilities under the Catholic. Presenting the donation to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Head of Retail Banking Amanda Corline said the bank is committed to plugging the gap in health care by supplementing the public sector efforts by partnering with the private sector.
The funds will go towards the improvement of health facilities under the Catholic Church.
ABC Bank staff on Saturday 6th December visited a Nairobi-based centre for destitute children and donated food stuffs, clothes, sanitary towels and other assorted items as a way of spreading the joy of the festive season.
The donation was part of our corporate social responsibility initiatives to support communities. This was the second time the bank staff visited the centre this year. The centre about 100 children, who were previously street children.
Two students sponsored by ABC Bank, Walter Okombo (St. Mary’s School Yala) and Marygoretti Atieno (Moi Girls High School – Eldoret) visited the bank in April to meet and greet their sponsor as well as receive guidance and mentorship from ABC staff.
The two form three students were taken on a tour of the Bank and met various employees who spent time advising them on career choices and life skills. Their visit culminated with a meeting with the Group Managing Director Shamaz Savani. Shamaz advised the two to become all-rounder while at the same time giving special attention to their studies.
The bank has fully sponsored the two for their school fees and upkeep as part of its corporate social responsibility program.
Budding athletes in Iten received a boost from ABC Bank in support of their training. This is part of the bank’s community relations strategy that is expected to nurture more young talented sportsmen and women in various disciplines to become world champions.
‘We are committed to supporting young talent in athletics and other sports disciplines so that this country continues to produce world champions’’ said ABC Bank Group CEO Sridhar Natarajan when presented the cheque to the Paul Tergat Foundation.
The athletes were picked for intense training in various training camps in Iten after they posted impressive performances in the ABC Bank-sponsored Baringo Half Marathon last year.
Receiving the donation, Simon Chebon who is in charge of programs and administration at the Paul Tergat Foundation said the contribution will go in to facilitating the coaches and athletes in local events, purchase of kits and partly pay for school fees for some of the junior athletes.
ABC Bank Sponsors Sister Helen Pius the Principal of Madiany Special School for Mentally Handicapped
ABC Bank Sponsors Sister Helen Pius the Principal of Madiany Special School for Mentally Handicapped
ABC Bank’s Kisumu Branch Manager Erick Kisaka (in suit) presents a cheque of Kshs 25,000 to Sister Helen Pius the Principal of Madiany Special School for Mentally Handicapped in Siaya.The funds went into assisting the school alleviate a water problem, by constructing water tanks to store water.
ABC Bank Sponsors Nairobi’s Kayole Street Children’s Rehabilitation Home
ABC Bank Staff Zahra Mohamed (In a red checked veil) and Bennington Owino (in glasses) join children of Nairobi’s Kayole Street Children’s Rehabilitation Home and the Home’s manager David Arika(in a black checked shirt)as they admire books the staff donated to the Home. ABC Bank staff visited the children centre which provides a home to over 95 former street children and donated food stuffs, clothing, toys and books.
ABC Bank Sponsors the Baringo Half Marathon
In 2013, ABC Bank became the title sponsor of the Baringo Half Marathon which was held on 3rd November 2013 at Kabarnet town, Baringo County, following a KES. 5 million commitment towards the charitable cause.
The marathon, which carried the tagline. Developing Kenya’s Champions was themed around identifying and developing new athletes, by giving them an opportunity to launch their careers. Young promising athletes were picked by a team of experienced athletics professionals and coaches during the marathon, for enrollment in reputable training camps where they were coached and facilitated to become world champions.
This marathon stands for a cause ABC Bank is very proud to be associated with that of investing in developing and growing the rich talent this country is famed for; our athletes, says Mr Shamaz Savani the ABC Bank Group Managing Director. Every year that ABC Bank has sponsored this marathon has been a fulfilling experience. The enormous contribution the marathon has made in promoting youth development and boosting tourism in Baringo County is undoubted.
For the last several years the Baringo Half Marathon has been staged, many athletes have been discovered, who have gone on to become major champions at the national and international stage. This underscores the enormous potential the marathon has in talent scouting and development of the youth in the county and beyond.ABC Bank has committed to sponsor the marathon for the next five years. The Paul Tergat Foundation, which among other things aims to identify, tap and nurture running talent among Kenya’s youth, will provide the platform for the initiative’s sustainability.
ABC joins efforts to assist people with spinal cord injuries
ABC Bank has joined forces with The Cluster Foundation (TCF), a non-governmental organisation supporting people with spinal cord injuries (paraplegics) through various activities.
The Bank would be donating all its old newspapers quarterly to the Foundation, which recycles them to produce eco-pencils. The pencils are then sold to the public and corporates to raise money, which is spent on supporting a programme assisting people with paralysis through various activities. Some people detest old newspaper because they consume space while others treat them as waste. What they don’t know is that the same old newspapers would bring a smile to someone’s sad face, said Mrs. Njoki A. Mwangi, a trustee of the organisation. She was speaking after the Bank donated the first batch of the ld newspapers to the Foundation on June 13, 2012. We will be making the next donations on September 13, 2012 and December 13, 2012. We are appealing to individuals and corporates to join us in supporting this worthy cause, said Ms. Amanda Corline, Head of Retail Banking at ABC Bank.
The Foundation, under its Empowering Paraplegics programme, organises xcursions, home visits, entertainment and sports activities for them to reduce the effects of their handicap, especially loss of self-esteem. Once they have gained some confi dence, the Foundation, in conjunction with other partners, exposes them to various skills before connecting them to various job opportunities.
Ms. Amanda Corline (L), ABC Bank Head of Retail Banking, tries out one of the pencils The Cluster Foundation makes by recycling old newspapers. This is after she handed over bundles of newspapers to the Foundations trustees led by Mr. Nick Nguyo (R ).
ABC Bank Group sponsors the repainting of Kamiti Primary School
ABC Bank Group sponsored the repainting of Kamiti Primary School, a public institution located within the Kamiti Maximum Prison in Nairobi. The Group, through its Koinange Branch, bought paint, paid for and supervised the painting of the school, as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. We, as ABC Bank Group, intend to continue supporting the growth and development of education in the country through various initiatives aimed at benefiting the leaners, their teachers and the community at large,said Mr George Wanga, the Koinange Branch Manager. The school, which has a population of around 1,110 pupils comprising of warders children and others from outside -does not receive support from the correctional facility. Instead, it depends on the Ministry of Education under the Free Primary Education Programme. We cannot express enough our gratitude to ABC Bank for the good job they have done for us, said Mr Joseph Mwangi, the school’s head teacher.
Mr George Wanga (3rd L), ABC Bank Koinange Branch Manager, staffers Mr Antony Kariuki (2nd right) and Mr. Rooney Mbani (right) with pupils of Kamiti Primary School flags off the painting of the school.