As the year winds down and we all look forward to spending time with our loved ones, we are also called to remember the less fortunate in our society. This year, Strathmore Business School (SBS) had the elderly in mind while organizing the annual Corporate Social Responsibility event, which took place on 29 November, 2014 at Mji wa Huruma home for the elderly in Runda Estate.
Mji wa Huruma which is run by the City Council of Kenya shelters fifty elderly men and women who have no remaining family members to care for them. The elderly in this home have care takers who attend to each person as well as ensure cleanliness of their environment. Apart from government funding, they rely on donations from well- wishers.
John Njane, the Human Resource Manager at SBS thanked the management for having welcomed us into their home. He was also keen on mentioning the importance of charity, linking it to the overarching mission of SBS, which is service to society.
CSR initiatives should be part and parcel of the corporate culture of any organisation. It should be an idea that resonates well with the values and virtues of the organisation. In this way CSR is not reduced to just giving for the sake of it however, it becomes giving of oneself.
There are many lessons that one could draw from CSR initiatives but the key lesson that stood out during our visit to Mji wa Huruma is one that can be summarized in the words of the late Maya Angelou, When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.
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