Bonga For Good
When Safaricom introduced the Bonga For Good Campaign, many people thought it was just another campaign by Safaricom that allowed customers to use their Bonga Points. Of course, there are those who did not take the campaign seriously and continued with the usual redeeming of Bonga Points for airtime and free minutes for voice calls and SMSs.
But there are those who took the campaign as a matter of life and hope of seeing the following day. The initiative so far has helped many Kenyans to save that extra coin amid the biting deadly Covid-19 through
On May 12, 2020, Safaricom announced the extension of the Bonga For Good Campaign for an extra 30 days to 3rd June 2020 to enable customers to continue using their points to buy goods and services as well as donate to those in need.
By the end of phase one, more than 200,000 customers had redeemed more than 670 million points equivalent to over 200 million shillings, a big boost to the over 140,000 participating merchants at a period when business activities are suppressed.
Mutuini Hope Centre
The truth is Bonga For Good Campaign went beyond just benefitting customers to impacting the lives of the people who will never forget.
Mutuini Hope Centre was able to buy food for 96 children using Bonga Points. According to the founder of Mutuini Hope Centre Mr. Mbugua Mwangi, the Centre has so far been able to purchase seven bales of maize flour by use of Bonga Points.
“A friend mentioned that Safaricom PLC had started an initiative that allowed people to shop in certain stores using their accumulated Bonga Points,” said Mr. Mbugua.
Through Bonga Points, “We recently bought seven bales of maize flour with Bonga Points worth 10,164 shillings. We had received 10,500 Bonga Points through my personal mobile number. This was big thinking on the part of Safaricom PLC.”
Mutuini Hope Centre started in 2015 as an idea to provide a few vulnerable and destitute children in the village Mbugua was born with an alternative place where they could go every day to eat, play, stay safe and loved as opposed to being on the streets.
According to Mr. Mbugua, he could not just stand by and see the children being left to roam the streets when other children went to school. “It was obvious that the majority of the children went without food even for days. I could not just sit by and watch as they suffered,” he said.
The Centre currently supports 96 children, 22 in public primary schools, 27 in secondary school and one girl in the university. The Centre has a staff of 11 including teachers and other support staff.
“With the coming of coronavirus pandemic, our lives were massively affected because children could no longer come to the Center. Still, they need us to provide them with food otherwise they would starve,” he added.
Every two weeks the Centre requires 155,000 shillings to successfully provide food to all the 110 families of the children it supports plus a few vulnerable senior citizens around.
“We still require support in the form of foodstuffs and detergents, cash sent to our MPESA Paybill 961700 ACCOUNT Hope or Bonga Points transferred to my personal line 0704806223. We are now in our third month since we started this initiative and we are more than grateful to all the generous people who have been supporting us without getting weary. I beseech everyone reading this to consider supporting us until this pandemic is over and beyond. You will be blessed,” said Mr. Mbugua.
Do you have Bonga Points? Do you know that however little they seem they can help in feeding a somewhere? You can donate them to Mutuini Hope Centre.