East African Breweries Limited has donated Sh50 million to the Kenya Covid-19 Emergency Fund, supplementing its other efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus in Kenya.
The company has committed Sh120 million so far towards alleviating the crisis in Kenya.
“EABL had already spent Sh70 million to fund the production and distribution of one million hand sanitiser packs to front line health workers and vulnerable communities. The company also undertook a public awareness campaign to help fight the spread of Covid-19,” the company said in a statement on Monday.
EABL Group MD, Andrew Cowan, said the money would go directly to the Fund, whose efforts are concentrated on mitigating the impact of the coronavirus on the needy.
“At this critical time, with our country in the middle of the biggest crisis since independence, EABL continues to partner the Government of Kenya to combat the spread of Covid-19 disease, to save lives. We are pleased to complement Kenya COVID-19 Emergency Fund’s role in helping frontline health workers and others in critical need during this time,” Cowan said.
In March, EABL handed over a consignment to Amref Health Africa and Kenya Red Cross Society for distribution to frontline health workers and vulnerable communities in the informal settlements of Kibera, Mukuru, Mathare and Kawangware in Nairobi and Kondele and Obunga in Kisumu.
The company also partnered with the government and such the Kenya Pipeline Corporation, to distribute state-funded sanitisers across the country.
Through twin projects (EABL’s and the KPC project), the company helped distribute sanitiser packs to dozens of counties across Kenya.
They include the counties of Kisumu, Kisii, Migori, Nairobi, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Machakos, Makueni, Narok, Trans Nzoia, Kericho, Murang’a, Mombasa and Kilifi.
Besides these, EABL also delivered hand sanitiser packs to the National Police Service and Kenyatta National Hospital, targeting more frontline health workers.
EABL is among the many companies that have donated towards the COVID-19 fund.