KCB Group CEO and MD Joshua Oigara, with Education Cabinet Secretary, Professor
George Magoha and Principal Secretary, Dr. Belio Kipsang, as they interact with pupils at Olympic Primary School in Kibera. This was during the handover of 1 Million face masks. PHOTO /Ednah Kiarie


By Ednah Kiarie

Learning Institutions countrywide to benefit

from 1million quality masks donated by KCB

Bank Kenya.

KCB Bank Kenya has donated 1 million

reusable face masks to support the reopening

of learning institutions which kicked off today.

The initiative seeks to facilitate protecting

learners and school administrators from

contracting Covid-19 as well as reducing the

risk of spreading of the disease.

This follows a call by the government for a

phased re-opening of schools after a seven

month break in response to the COVID-19


The masks will be distributed to needy students

from schools across the country.

“We are catalyzing the reopening of the

institutions to ensure a seamless process as

well as guarantee the sustainability of the

resumption of studies, noting that the virus is

still here with us,” said KCB Group CEO and MD

Joshua Oigara while presenting some of the

masks to the Education Cabinet Secretary

Professor George Magoha at Olympic Primary

School, Kibera, Nairobi on Monday morning.

“This is one of the all-round initiatives which we

have rolled out, including a financial support

mechanism to boost schools operations. This

will enable both public and private schools to

access loan facilities towards complying with

health guidelines set by the ministries for

Education and Health,” he added.

Further to the donation of masks, KCB has

announced a commercial commitment to aid

the rapid reopening of public and private

schools with a wide variety of financial support

solutions including loans of up to KShs.250

million among other products to ease school

reopening pressures.

Prof Magoha said: “We would like to applaud

KCB for offering both financial and non-

financial support to institutions as they get

ready to effectively reopen while at the same

time ensuring the safety of the stakeholders

and we will keenly observe the partial reopening

for the three classes before making a

determination to reopen all schools.

The donation made by KCB will go a long way

to ensure the safety of our students as they go

back to school.”

The Bank has restructured loans and overdrafts

worth more than KShs. 1billion for the learning

institutions since the pandemic struck and the

institutions will continue enjoying repayment

holidays as they resume operations.

The Bank has supported the education sector

through various initiatives and will continue

working with over 23,000 learning centres to

deliver a seamless experience in education


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