Beyond Zero initiative receives KES 500,000 boost
16 July 2015, 08:16
Nairobi - The beyond Zero initiative Wednesday received a KES 500,000 boost from the “Wings of Hope” that groups lady pilots working for the Kenya Airways.
Representatives of the charitable organization that brings together all the 42 female pilots working for KQ presented the cheque to First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at State House Nairobi.
The lady pilots expressed their willingness to partner with the First Lady, who is the patron of the Beyond Zero campaign, in her efforts to improve the maternal health of women and reducing deaths among children.
Other activities by the charitable organization include supporting orphans and vulnerable widows.
Kenya has about 70 female pilots but only 42 of them work for the national carrier at different ranks.
Team leader Captain Mary Kai congratulated the First Lady for her tireless efforts and sacrifices to improve the health of women and Children.
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The First Lady said Beyond Zero campaign had made great strides since its initiation only a few months ago but added that there is still much more to be done.
She thanked all the partners including corporates , both locally and globally who have given material and financial support to the initiative.
Separately, the First Lady also hosted Brazilian Ambassador to Kenya Ms Marcela M. Nicodemus who paid her a courtesy call at State House.
The ambassador said she envied the efforts by the First Lady, especially her resilience in running marathons, locally and abroad, to raise funds for the Beyond Zero initiative.
She said her country is ready to work with Kenya in various fields especially in areas of health, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals in which Brazil is relatively advanced in.
Her country is willing to invest in Kenya in these areas, she said.
The envoy said developing countries should work closely because “they understand each other” in various endeavors of mutual interest.
“Being developing countries, we understand the needs of each other better. What we have in Brazil could be of much use in Kenya, ” said the envoy.
She said one Brazilian company that manufactures medical equipment is ready to partner with the Beyond Zero initiative.
The First Lady said there is need to deepen relations between the two countries adding that Beyond Zero will appreciate any help that comes its way.
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