KENYA – Kenyan manufacturer, importer and distributor of wine and spirits, Kenya Wine Agencies Limited (KWAL), has donated Ksh. 10 million (US$93,800) to the Kenya COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support the spirited fight against COVID-19.

According to a statement issued by the company, the donation was presented by Managing Director Lina Githuka and Legal Director, Doris Thangei and will be used to boost welfare interventions which include providing food and essential commodities to vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic.

In addition, it will also be utilized for purchase of medical supplies and provision of PPEs.

“KWAL is committed as a responsible corporate citizen, to integrate business values to meet emerging national priorities and contribute positively to Kenyan livelihoods and the economy,” stated the company.

The donation is a major boost to the Fund which is mobilizing resources for emergency response towards containing the spread, effects and impact of COVID-19 in the country.

KWAL Managing Director, Lina Githuka said, “COVID-19 is more than a health crisis, it is essentially an economic crisis. With schools closed, job disruptions, loss of livelihoods and health concerns, the support is necessary to cushion vulnerable communities from the adverse effects of the pandemic and support national efforts to stop its spread.”

KWAL has been at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19 in line with its corporate social responsibility commitments.

In April, the beverage giant donated 105,000 litres of ethanol to Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) for mass production of hand sanitizers for distribution to vulnerable groups. This contribution is valued at Ksh. 8.5 Million (US$79,800)

Additionally, the company has taken initiative to support communities whose livelihoods have been impacted and collaborated with Mukuru Promotion Centre (MPC), a charitable trust aimed at uplifting the livelihoods of people in Mukuru slums.

In this regard, KWAL donated water storage tanks and Kshs. 500,000 (US$4,600) towards purchase of food packs for these vulnerable families.

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