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HANDOVER CEREMONY OF LABORATORY N313 BY SAFARICOM FOUNDATION

The Safaricom Foundation is a corporate foundation that strives to improve the lives of the Kenyan people through three main pillars; health, education and economic empowerment. Under the Pamoja Initiative, the Safaricom Foundation bridges the funding gap of community based projects championed by Safaricom Staff. It is as a result of the Pamoja Initiative (championed by Safaricom member of staff, Mr. Patrick Sitati) that the Safaricom Foundation approached the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (TU-K) to assist in the renovation on their N-313 laboratory.

On the 7th of June 2022, The Safaricom Foundation handed over the renovated N313 laboratory to the Department of biochemistry and biotechnology, under the School of Biological and Life Sciences. The foundation funded the renovation of the laboratory, which included rehabilitation of the work benches and storage shelves, tiling of the floor, installation of grill doors and paintwork. In addition, The Technical University of Kenya, through the Directorate of Property and Facilities Management, also contributed to the rehabilitation of the electrical and plumbing systems in N-313. The renovation has greatly improved the laboratory environment. For instance, easy cleaning of the laboratory will make decontamination and elimination of biological hazards easier, while the new grill doors will allow monitoring of movement in and out of the laboratory thus enhancing security. The renovated laboratory is expected to provide a conducive research environment for students, and the staff and TU-K management appreciates the input from Safaricom Foundation.

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