Sage Foundation has partnered with Compassionate Hands for the Disabled, a Kenyan non-profit organisation that looks after more than 80 special needs children from the impoverished Korogocho district in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sage volunteers are helping to refurbish the organisation’s community hospital — a process that involves painting and redecorating, and providing much needed equipment such as lockable cupboards and medical waste bins. The South African Woman’s Association in Kenya will help manage the relationship between Sage and Compassionate Hands.
Sage, a provider of integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, launched its global Foundation to transform lives by investing time, money, expertise and technology in local communities around the world,
This is achieved through the unique 2+2+2 model. This approach means that Sage is committed to giving 2% of employee time (5 days paid volunteering per year), 2% of free cash flow and 2 donated software licences to eligible registered charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations.
Compassionate Hands for the Disabled was founded in 2008 and today looks after kids with special needs that range from mental to physical disabilities. The children were all abandoned by their families and depend on the centre for food, shelter and medication. The NPO also seeks to create community awareness on issues affecting people with disabilities.
Anne Njeri founded Compassionate Hands to give something back to her community. She is a disabled person born into a disadvantaged home who benefitted from a compassionate hand up early in her life. She has dedicated her adult life to helping children who come from a similar background.
Ivan Epstein, President for Sage International and Chairman of Sage Foundation, said: “We are active in supporting our local communities — not only financially but through the participation of colleagues who are empowered to give to the causes that matter to them. We believe in a socially-responsible world and in playing a positive role in societies. Compassionate Hands for the Disabled is a great organisation that is making a big difference for so many children, and we are proud to support it.”
“Compassionate Hands helps children who have no-one else to turn to in a country where disability carries a stigma in many people’s eyes. From Anne’s story, we see that one person can make a massive difference; from her example, we are inspired to help change as many lives as we can with the Foundation’s resources.”
“We are proud to work with Sage Foundation and its volunteers on this initiative, which will help us deliver better medical care to our children and even to other members of the community,” added Anne Njeri, Founder at Compassionate Hands for the Disabled. “The help of partners like Sage Foundation is essential for our organisation as we strive to help disabled people to overcome their physical limitations and empower them economically and socially.”