International volunteers assist local communities
10 April 2014, 11:40
Nairobi - A group of volunteers from across the world is expected in the country where they will spend a month working with local organisations that aim to tackle poverty among communities.
The empowerment drive is the brainchild of German technology company, SAP, which is partnering with empowerment firm, Acumen.
The 12 volunteers will beginning this week work with local organisations such as Sanergy, Juhudi Kilimo, Open Capital Advisors and African Management Initiative to help solve some of their most pressing business needs.
The volunteers are from a number of countries including France, Israel and Ireland.
“We are excited to be hosting this dynamic group of employees from all over the world. A group of employees who work together to solve a problem in a foreign setting can very often not only strengthen communities, but help mould these individuals as future leaders,” said Andrew Waititu, Managing Director of SAP East Africa.
“This is proving to be the case in Kenya as one of our partners in the Social Sabbatical programme this year, Acumen, has demonstrated with the inclusion of two of the four benefactor companies who are realising very positive social change in the region already. The social sabbatical programme allows us to provide our people with innovative development opportunities while strengthening entrepreneurship in emerging economies.”
Kenneth Macharia, Business Development and Communications Manager at Acumen, explained, “When we heard about the SAP Social Sabbatical team coming to Kenya, we simply had to get involved. The programme represents an opportunity for Acumen to partner with SAP in effecting social impact and change in East Africa.”
The SAP Social Sabbatical, which matches talented employees with entrepreneurs and small businesses in emerging markets. A relatively new area for international corporate volunteering, the social sabbatical initiative was launched in 2012 with 30 employees in Brazil, India and South Africa respectively.
– CAJ News
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