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Cement firm partners with Huduma Centre to offer free services

Huduma Centre has extended its partnership with Mombasa Cement, through a 21-Day Huduma Mashinani programme, targeting 15,000 people in Kibarani, Changamwe Sub-county.

Last year in December, during the inaugural Eight–Day Huduma Mashinani at the Kibarani    Miracle Park, 5,800 people got various services that were paid for by the cement firm.

The overwhelming response necessitated the roll-out of Phase Two of the initiative.

Huduma Centre Mombasa Office, Assistant Manager, Harrison Yogo, said the overwhelming response in the First Phase, necessitated them to extend the programme in Kibarani.

“Up to now we have already served 584 people, we are continuing to attend to more people. The number keeps increasing. Most of the services sought are ID replacement, Birth Certificates, Good Conduct Certificates, NSSF and NHIF,” said Yogo, during the launch of the Second Phase  of Huduma Mashinani in Kibarani, yesterday.

He added  that some of the documents sought are a requirement for jobseekers, as most employers demand them before they hire.

“Mombasa Cement is paying for all the services here; all the services are free, including the food. Each service offered here, the Company has partnered with us and they are making all those payments,” stated Yego.

He further urged other organizations to partner with Huduma Centers across the Country, to enable Kenyans to access government services.

Beneficiaries of the initiative praised the cement firm, terming the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a life-changing initiative amid the hard economic times.

Fernando Bett, who hails from Rift Valley, travelled to the Coastal City, to look for employment but the stumbling block was lack of a Good Conduct Certificate.

“I heard about the programme from a friend, I have been served, we usually pay Sh1,050 to get a Good Conduct, but because of harsh economic times, getting that money is a challenge,” said Bett.

Mercy Nekesa, was over the moon, after her fingerprints were taken, she is confident that with Good Conduct, will be able to get employed.

By Sadik Hassan

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