legacy of innovation and achievement is nearly 200
years old. Over the years, it has succeeded because
its leaders and its people take a long-term approach
to their business. Citigroup in Kenya primarily targets
Education, Health and Shelter with support also to
environmental activities. From time to time we respond
to national needs that arise in the country.
is perhaps no greater example of our belief in building
for the long term than the goals behind the grants
we give and the relationships we cultivate with communities
around the country.
support the work of Junior Achievement Kenya whose
scope of activities are in educating young people
to value free enterprise, business and economic principles
that will allow creation of wealth and improve the
quality of their lives. Citigroup combines financial
giving and employee participation and has helped Junior
Achievement in Kenya reach 5,822 students in its programmes.
Citigroup also provides volunteers for classroom and
job shadow sessions.
more than 15 years, Citigroup in Kenya has participated
in AIESECís International Traineeship Exchange
Programme (ITEP) which has offered opportunities to
university students and fresh graduates to work with
Citigroup worldwide. This gives them the opportunity
to work and live in different cultures other than
their home country. As a global company with a local
focus, it is important that Citigroup continues to
bring a diverse and multi-talented group of employees
into the company. Citigroup supports AIESEC
because the organization promotes values of cultural
understanding and international co-operation which
we stand for.
has a long history of supporting Habitat for Humanity
International in grants and volunteerism. In building
Habitat for Humanity homes, teams of Citigroup employee
volunteers partner with local Habitat for Humanity
affiliates in building decent houses for needy communities
in the rural areas of Kenya. We provide building materials
and our employees participate in the construction
of some of the houses. Since 1998, Citigroup has invested
in zero-interest-rate mortgage programs that allow
Habitat partner families around the world to pay zero
interest on their mortgage loans. Citigroup is the
largest single investor in this program.
the area of Health we support the work of Operation
Smile, an international organization that provides
free reconstructive surgery to children born with
facial deformities. Citigroup Kenya takes part in
the Corporate Challenge which is an annual road race
whose aim is to raise funds that are used to perform
restorative surgery for cleft lip and palate deformities
on Kenyan children free of charge. The surgeries offer
immediate and life-changing results, restoring the
childrenís ability to eat and breathe properly thereby
enabling them to live normal lives. With the desire
to do more than just make a financial contribution
to such a worthy cause, Citigroup staff take part
in the road race annually.
has joined a host of various international donors
to enable Pathfinder Kenya undertake a comprehensive
program of support for 56 orphans and children made
vulnerable by HIV/AIDS (OVC). The children are enrolled
at vocational training centers in Mombasa and Thika
that are affiliated with Pathfinderís community-based
HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support for Persons
Living with HIV/AIDS (COPHIA) project. The site in
Mombasa provides vocational training for 25 second-year
and 5 first-year students whilst the programme in
Thika caters for 26 OVCs. Orphan graduates of this
program are apprenticed to local artisans e.g. carpenters,
tailors, hairdressers and mechanics to gain on-the-job
experience. The Citigroup/Pathfinder project facilitates
linkages for program graduates with K-Rep, a microfinance
the area of environment we were one of the first financial
services companies to sign UNEPís Statement by Financial
Institutions on the Environment and Sustainable Development,
an action that speaks of our long-time participation
in international environmental leadership initiatives.
We contribute funds for purchase of cleaning materials
to UNEP during World Environment Day.
ways through which we give to community:
offer internship opportunities to students in the local
We have officers who serve as members of various boards
in a volunteer capacity, e.g. the Finance Committee
of Institute of Public Accounts of Kenya; Junior Achievement,
Operation Smile and Habitat for Humanity.
officers lecture at the Kenyan School of Monetary
Studies on Trade Finance and Treasury Products.
the above mentioned community projects have Citibank's
support on a continuous basis.
more information contact Charles Macharia on Tel:
+254 20 2711221 / 222248