Safaricom, AYUDH partner to support the Blind with White Canes


Safaricom has announced a partnership with AYUDH to distribute 20,000 white canes to the blind and visually impaired youths.

The white canes worth ksh 30 million will go to beneficiaries selected by AYUDHI from the Kenya Society for the Blind and Kenya Union for the Blind.

“Despite the crucial role white canes play in the mobility of the blind and visually impaired, their access is hindered by factors such as affordability and accessibility. Through our White C(r)ane Project, which started in 2014, we aim to provide assistive devices to blind and visually impaired persons, we are happy to partner with Safaricom to positively impact the lives of 20,000 children and youth in Kenya,” said Arjaa Shah, Chairperson, AYUDH Kenya.

For the last two years, Safaricom have been helping the blind with white canes .

“Two years down the line, we are still delivering on our commitments at the Global Disability Summit, which are centred around elimination of stigma and discrimination, economic empowerment of persons with disabilities and facilitating the availability and affordability of assistive devices. Through such initiatives, we hope to reduce inequalities and ensure that blind and visually impaired individuals across the country have access to white canes to enable them to live and work with dignity,” said Paul Kasimu, Chief Human Resources Officer, Safaricom.

Safaricom have also been distributing assistive devices since 3 years ago to school going children to over 50 schools now across tha nation. 

“We are glad to be part of this initiative to transform the lives of blind and visually impaired children and youth as it speaks to the foundation’s focus areas of health, education and economic empowerment. Our role is to deliver the white canes to areas where they are needed the most, we will rely on our strong community partnerships to reach those who are most in need and ensure that we leave no one behind,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.


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