KMRC Hosts First CSR Activity in Response to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

R-L: KMRC CEO Johnstone Oltetia, KMRC Board members Susan Maira, Sarah Bonaya and Asman Khatolwa present a dummy cheque to Gillian Njeru- Manager at Imani Rehabilitation Agency on August 14th, 2020 during KMRC’s CSR initiative.

The Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC) held its first Ccorporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative on Friday August 14th, 2020 at the Imani Rehabilitation Centre in Kayole, donating KES. 770,000.00 worth of baby formula, foodstuff, personal hygiene products, Personal Protective Equipmentamong others.

The initiative was in response to the major disruptions in the communities as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic that has affected the whole world since it was first discovered in December 2019. KMRC planned to implement a CSR project that would benefit a deserving initiative and would engage volunteerism from staff and board members. Five members of staff and three board members attended the function that would mark KMRC’s maiden community activity since its inception in April 2018. “We do our best to emphasize responsible and sustainable business operations in order to optimize positive impact of the organization in the society. Looking after the interests of our children, vulnerable as they are is a sacrifice; doing so in the midst of a pandemic such as the COVID-19 that we are currently facing is even more remarkable. Everyone that is involved in the smooth day-to-day operation of the Imani Children’s Centre deserves a huge applaud” said CEO Johnstone Oltetia.

Imani Rehabilitation Agency is a non-profit organization headquartered in Nairobi’s Kayole and runs four other branches in various parts of the country. It is registered
under the Ministry of Home Affairs as charitable children institutions vide CDEN OOOO71.

“Corporate Social Responsibility is very important to KMRC. One of our key objectives is to positively impact the communities in which we operate. This gives us an opportunity to do our business operations in an ethical and sustainable way thus responsibly deal with environmental and social impacts,” said Sarah Bonaya, KMRC Board member.

KMRC CEO (3rd from left) makes remarks during the KMRC CSR project at the Imani Rehabilitation Agency on Friday August 14, 2020.

Imani Rehabilitation Agency is home to more than 350 children and has been in operation for 30 years. It hosts regular children, special needs children as well as children living with HIV/AIDS. It was founded by Ms. Faith Wanjiru as a rehabilitation program for the street children at a time when Nairobi city had more than 60,000 homeless children living on the streets.

“We are so grateful to KMRC that you saw it fit to initiate this project at Imani Rehabilitation Centre, especially now that most of our donors and well wishers’ revenues have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic. We have so worried about how we were going to feed the children seeing as we have exhausted all our resources. Now we can take a little break and relax, assured that we have enough food for the children to last us a few months,” said Gillian Njeru, Imani Rehabilitation Agency Manager.
Imani Rehabilitation Agency houses children aged from one day to eighteen years old and had received more than fourty infants from the Kenyatta National Hospital, Mama Lucy Hospital, Mbagathi County Hospital as well abandoned children picked up from the streets by Kayole residents.

KMRC CSR attendees (l-r) Deborah Masara (ICT Manager), Gideon Rutto (Logistics & Procurement Manager), Daniel Saruni (Head of HR & Administration), Irene Kadima (Communications Officer), Sarah Bonaya (Board Member), Johnstone Oltetia (CEO) Susan Maira (Board Member) and Asman Khatolwa (Board Member).