- Wazito FC has stepped up to become the first Kenyan Premier League (KPL) club to extend their helping hand to seven Children’s Homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite not being on the pitch following the suspension of football activities, the Nairobi-based club visited several areas in the city and distributed some foodstuffs to facilities that take care of children.
On this act of generosity that put a smile on the faces of children in these homes, Gicheru said that both playing and none-playing club staffs were part of the team that visited seven children’s homes in Mathare, Embakasi, Lang’ata, Ruiru, Kangemi, Valley Road, and Kasarani
“As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, we visited seven Children’s Homes in Nairobi and donated foodstuffs, sanitization products, and equipment among other things through the Wazito FC Project,” the club stated
He explained that the children were shown how to wash their hands properly as a way of protecting themselves from the deadly virus and also received pep talks from the players and staff. Gicheru the club’s CEO revealed what pushed them into coming up with the project.
“The pandemic has brought nearly everything to a halt; the vulnerable groups like children in orphanages are often forgotten and cannot access basic things like food. As a club, we decided to stand with one of the vulnerable groups in society,” Gicheru said.
He continued and says that during hard times, children in orphanages and children’s homes tend to be forgotten. He also said that after consultations, the decision was made to help make the situation better for them.
“We have a corporate social responsibility that goes beyond playing football in the stadia,” Gicheru added.
He further emphasizes on being a brother’s keeper. He said, “We want to impact lives and make society a better place to live in, we will do more to impact lives for our people. I urge other well-wishers to show empathy to the needy during this difficult period, be a brother’s keeper.”
Gicheru to the community said, “I urge everyone to exercise discipline, sanitize, and keep a social distance. They should not endanger their lives in any way, together we shall defeat coronavirus.”