SEACOM celebrates 7th anniversary with charitable contributions across Africa
Pan-African telecom enabler and network provider, SEACOM, celebrated its seventh anniversary of its commercial launch by providing support to people and communities in need, in the countries where it conducts business. As they have done every year for SEACOM’s Foundation Day (23 July), the company’s teams around Africa rolled their sleeves up and volunteered to support causes and non-profit organisations that are close to their hearts.
A team of SEACOM staff members from South Africa joined this year’s TREK4MANDELA climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in support of the Caring4Girls initiative. The annual TREK4MANDELA raises funds and awareness for the Imbumba Foundation’s Caring4Girls programme, which provides sanitary care for underprivileged girls across South Africa.
The cause is an important one as research shows that girls from marginalised backgrounds could miss up to 50 days of school each year unnecessarily due to menstrual challenges. The team began their climb on 13 July and summited on 18 July (Mandela Day).
At the same time, SEACOM Mozambique, supported Centro de Reabilitação Juvenil Ingrid Chawner, a school that rehabilitates young street kids, provides them with education and strives to integrate them into society. The Mozambique team is continuing its work towards the improvement of the centre’s computer lab.
In Tanzania, SEACOM supported a government free education initiative by donating desks to a public primary school in Dar Es Salaam. The Tanzanian government has sought private sector help in making its vision of delivering free primary and secondary education a reality.
SEACOM Mauritius visited the Crèche Coeur Immaculé de Marie orphanage and donated funds for renovating its facilities; buying new furniture and a new TV; improving outdoor play facilities; and paying for clothes, school bags, lunch bags and school shoes for the kids.
SEACOM employees in Mombasa, Kenya, decided to help renovate the SwahiliPOt hub, which is an initiative of the Tech Art Pwani community organisation. The SwahiliPOt hub building was donated by the National Museums of Kenya, to be used for promoting innovation among the youth and tech enthusiasts. SEACOM will also provide internet connectivity to the hub.
Says SEACOM CEO, Byron Clatterbuck: “We have been privileged to enjoy seven years of growth in Africa, becoming the largest carrier of data traffic from Africa to Europe during this time. For us, it’s important to thank the communities in all the countries where we do business by giving something back to them. We are honoured to be part of Africa’s economic growth story.”