Kenya is a host to 16.5 million poor people currently, most of who live under very demeaning and degrading conditions. Evidence to this, Nairobi hosts some of the largest and densely populated slums in the world. Humanitarian emergencies are increasingly calling for food and material aid. It does not have to be this way.
It is feared that by 2030, Africa – Kenya included – will be home to the largest numbers of the world’s poorest people than it is today.
The reality is sobering. But the numbers do not lie. We can and must do more to increase solutions to poverty. Everyone has a part to pull on the wagon.
What is Poverty? Poverty is an evil that deprives a community the essentials for a minimum standard of well-being and life – food, safe drinking water, shelter, access to information, education and health care, social status, political power or even the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with other people in the society.
Thankfully many companies have over the years paid attention to corporate social responsibility by donating to desperate and deserving situations. That is a good thing. But how higher have these handouts moved the notch on the poverty scale? We will agree very little. Poverty alleviation is a collective responsibility. Specific, timely, formulated and supported actions are every company’s responsibility.
Your business has a responsibility to get involved. The time to act is now.