The Barclays Bank of Kenya has today signed an agreement that will see the organization spend over 7.6M shillings in environmental conservation.
More than 16 primary schools across the country will benefit from the project by the bank. The bank says that the money will be channelled through a local N.G.O called Organization Environmental Interaction Organization that seeks to effect change in Kenya’s education systems and bring the much needed environmental awareness.
Speaking when he handed over the donation to the organization, Barclays Kenya chairman, Francis Okomo Okello said that environmental conservation is key for the development in Kenya.
“For us as a nation, to turn back the clock on environmental degradation and mismanagement, our schools must schools must take the lead in fostering environmental stewardship, exposing young Kenyans to concepts of environmental protection and conservation of our forests, rivers wetlands and grasslands” he said.
The chairman noted that Barclays Kenya is keen to promote a deeper understanding of today’s climate risks and build resilience to tomorrows potential changes, which will help secure Africa’s future growth.
“At Barclays bank, we are glad to embrace this unique opportunity that champions the cause of environmental conservation; and endorses better natural resource management as a means to achieving sustainable economic growth and development” added Okello.
“It is in this context that Barclays supports the laudable initiatives being undertaken by forward looking institutions such as Environmental Interaction Organization, Greenbelt Movement and more recent friends of Karura forest,” he concluded.
The project is dubbed ‘Barclays Eco-Champ, Young Champions for the Environment.’
Compiled by Kipronoh Kitur