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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

At Guaranty Trust Bank, we believe in growing a business and sustain the value of our business by what we give to our host communities. This is where Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) stands as a key component of the Bank’s Strategy and business activities.

The goal of the Bank’s CSR is to embrace responsibility and encourage positive impact through the Bank’s activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public, through coloring the lives around us.

We believe improving lives of the less privileged is not the sole responsibility of Government and have undertaken numerous social responsibility endeavors since our inception as part of an ardent pact to provide value and opportunities to the people in the communities in which we operate.

 

2015

Nairobi Hospice

Nairobi Hospice cares for and supports patients and families facing life limiting illnesses especially cancer and HIV/AIDS, through the provision of Palliative Care. It is a registered charitable non–profit making organization that was established in 1988 and officially opened in February 1990. It was the first of its kind in East Africa.

On 3rd December 2015, The GTBank team represented by 17 members of different departments, embarked on a mission to "put life into the days of the patients, and not just days into their lives', by participating in making the 2015 Christmas, a memorable one at the Nairobi Hospice

GTBank was well represented through donations in form of cash as well as foodstuff. In their festive cheer, the team arrived early on the D day to help prepare for the party. Teamwork was on high alert, chopping here, arranging there, stirring here and there, cleaning, chit chat and loads of laughter. The program took off through song, dance, poetry, fashion shows, story telling and finally the big feast. This was a day well spent.

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.”

 

– Ruth Carter Stapleton


Kawangware Medical Camp

On 25th April 2015, the Bank sponsored a free medical camp in Kawangware, one of the slums in Nairobi, Kenya. The sponsorship was in partnership with the Association of Nigerian Women in Kenya (ANWIK), customers of the Bank. The aim of the medical camp was to bring health services closer to the less fortunate in the society. This was in line with the CSR pillars of the Bank.

Kawangware is a slum in Nairobi, about 15km west of the city centre, between Lavington and Dagoretti. The slum’s population is approximately 800,000 people with 65% being children and youths.

The free medical camp sponsorship saw over 700 people receive medical attention from Nairobi City County and Kenyatta National Hospital medics. The medical camp offered comprehensive health service among them being curative, preventive, and referral.

 

Mathari Hospital

On 11th April, 2015 a group of 37 trainees from the ongoing GTBank Training School visited the Mathari Hospital as part of giving back to the community. Mathari Hospital is a national referral hospital for Psychiatry and the main teaching psychiatric unit.

The group, dubbed ‘Knights’ took part in a number of activities among them: cleaning of the facility, sweeping and slashing. They also donated foodstuff, water buckets, jembes and slashers.

Apart from presentation of the donations, the team played and sang with patients whose creativity was marveling. The interaction with the patients and medics at the hospital was emotional but gave them an opportunity of hope and encouragement.

 

Garissa University

On 2nd April 2015, gunmen stormed the Garissa University College in Garissa, Kenya, killing at least 148 people and more than 79 seriously injured. The gunmen held over 700 students hostage.

Following the deadly attack, the Bank joined the affected families and donated water, milk, and bread. The donation was done in collaboration with Red Cross Kenya who acknowledged the support.

 

Nairobi Hospice

Located at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi Hospice was the first hospice to be opened in East Africa in 1990. The mission is to promote and support acceptable, accessible and affordable quality Palliative Care for individuals and families by creating networks of informed and empowered institutions in Kenya. The institution therefore supports patients and families facing life limiting illnesses especially cancer and HIV/AIDS.

On 3rd December 2015, a team from GTBank  represented by 17 members from different departments, embarked on a mission to "put life into the days of the patients, and not just days into their lives', by participating in making the 2015 Christmas, a memorable one at the Nairobi Hospice.

 

The Bank donated cash, foodstuff and utensils. Representatives from the Bank were involved in a number of activities including cooking, serving, cleaning, singing and dancing.

Addressing the congregation, The GTBank Group Head of Human Resource (EA) affirmed that the Bank was keen to support the less fortunate in society with special focus on Health.

This was a joyous moment.

 

Lang’ata Women Maximum Prison

Following a large fire that destroyed several houses belonging to the Prison workers on 7th May, 2015, the Bank donated mabati, timber, poles, nails, doors, cement, and door frames to help salvage the situation by building new houses.

The Bank also separately donated Kes 60,000.00 to help renovate the kitchen. Other items donated included detergents, rakes, assorted toys, knitting fabric, bids, foodstuff, and toiletry.

The sponsorship gave the Bank employees an opportunity to learn from the prisoners’ lives experiences.

 

Royal Junior Academy Charity Walk

 

1st August, 2015 marked the first ever Royal Junior Academy charity walk in aid of a School bus. Royal Junior Academy is mixed day primary school located in Kizingo area of Mombasa County.

GTBank supported the charity by donating t-shirts, umbrellas and other items key to facilitating the walk. Addressing parents and children during the official flag off ceremony, the GTBank Mombasa Branch Manager Saida Abeid affirmed the Banks commitment to mentoring the generation that impacts the ‘current focus frontier’ in Kenya and beyond. Touched by the gesture of love exemplified by the Bank, the School management commended the Bank for the support.

 

2016

Kenya Red Cross

Kenya Red Cross is one of the many International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement societies around the world. On February 26th 2016, the Bank supported the organization as main sponsors of the annual golf tournament that was held at the Karen Country Club, Nairobi. The Proceeds went towards activating the activities for the 2016 KRCS calendar; among them the Anti jigger campaign, the blood mobilization activation, health and social services and Disaster management.

Joy Adamson Exhibition by the Kenya Museum Society

The Kenya Museums Society has over the years worked towards promoting the Kenyan culture, history, prehistory and its people. The Bank partnered with KMS during the second phase of Joy Adamson Exhibition held at the National Museums of Kenya on the 1st of April 2016.

 

This sponsorship was embodied as part of the Bank’s commitment to deepening the promotion of African art and culture both to the Local and International Community, Arts and Culture being one of our CSR pillars.

Speaking during the official launch of the exhibition, the Head of Communication and External Affairs - GTBank Kenya, retaliated the Bank’s belief that art is an intricate part of African heritage and complete reflection of everything it means to be African; creative, beautiful, industrious and hopeful.

 

 

Nairobi Hospice Charity Walk

24th September 2016, marked the Nairobi Hospice Annual Charity Walk, within the Ngong Road Forest. GTBank joined other stakeholders for the 10KM walk as the main sponsors of the event, in which all proceeds went towards promoting and supporting acceptable, accessible and affordable quality palliative care for patients. Speaking during the launch, Eric Ochieng - Manager GTBank Financial Control emphasized the fact that this was a time to put life into the patients’ days and not days into their lives.

 

 

Nairobi Hospice Christmas Party

On 8th December 2016, a team from GTBank represented by 16 members from different departments, embarked on mission to make the 2016 Christmas a memorable one, at the Nairobi Hospice, located on Elgeyo Marakwet road. The Bank donated cash, foodstuff and utensils towards making the day a success.

 

The team brought life to the event, having spent the morning preparing the sumptuous meal. Come lunch time, the team engaged in serving lunch to the delighted and eager patients and guests in attendance. This was followed by song and dance in celebration of the great day that many had looked forward to. The day came to a close with patients and their families receiving Christmas gift bags from GTBank, with an assortment of food supplies in acknowledgment of the true meaning of the season of giving.

 

 

2017

Holy Ghost Cathedral

The Holy Ghost Cathedral is the main place of Catholic worship in the city Mombasa, the seat of the Bishop of the Archdiocese of Mombasa. The church was completed in 1923, which means the church has actually been in existence for about 94 years. This called for extensive repairs given the wear and tear over the years. Given this, a walk to raise fund for the renovation was organized by a committee formed by the church. GTBank Mombasa staff represented the Bank at the walk. The Bank donated 150,000/- to this worthy cause.