Optiven Foundation, the social responsibility arm of Optiven Limited, celebrated International Day for the Eradication of Poverty under the theme “Decent work and Social Protection: Putting dignity in practice for all.” Sustainable Development Goal 1 aims to eradicate poverty by 2030 as poverty has a devastating impact on people’s lives and could lead to social exclusion.
This year’s theme calls for universal access to decent work and social protection as a means to uphold human dignity for all people. George Wachiuri, chairman of the Optiven Foundation is committed to helping eradicate poverty with the Foundation working on initiatives like “Mobility that brings smiles” and “Keep a girl in school” to help the less fortunate access quality services.
The Optiven Foundation is guided by pillars all working to socially and economically empower the vulnerable. Education and Job readiness pillar through the Soaring Eagles Scholarship Program has enabled children to have an opportunity to access quality education. The financial needs of the children are met and is primarily need based as Ann Nyagah the Optiven Foundation coordinator conducts mentorship during holidays.
The Health and Dignity pillar has provided medical camps in marginalised areas, through the keep a girl in school, sanitary towels have been distributed to over 5000 young girls and recently the Optiven Foundation have built a fully furnished house for Mama Leshao in one of Optiven’s premiere project, Garden of Joy. In addition to that they have also transversed different counties to donated food materials to the vulnerable communities.
“We believe that everyone has the right to live a life of dignity and opportunity,” said Wachiuri. “We are committed to working with the government, other stakeholders, and the community to eradicate poverty in Kenya,” says George Wachiuri.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an annual event that is celebrated on October 17. The day is an opportunity to raise awareness about poverty and to call for action to end it.
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