Uber has announced a partnership with the non-profit organisation Espartanos Africa that will see the ride-hailing company provide free Uber Chap Chap rides to the organisation’s volunteers for a period of one year.
In a press release, Espartanos Africa is explained to be an organisation that seeks to reduce crime and recidivism in Africa by successfully integrating former inmates to society.
Uber says creating better communities is important for everyone and transport shouldn’t be a battery for making this possible. Through the partnership, Uber says volunteers will be able to easily move around and continue to do what’s important.
“Uplifting and empowering communities is one of our key priorities. We all have a responsibility to ensure that we contribute to bettering the lives of individuals in our community despite their background and history. As a business, we are committed to creating a positive and empowered society for all, and ensuring transport is not a barrier to achieving this, says Frans Hiemstra, Uber General Manager, SSA ”
“With this new partnership, we are not only offering the program volunteers a safe, quick and convenient transport solution, but we are also taking a step to help resolve the community’s challenges by playing our part in creating a safer environment for all,” adds Hiemstra.
Espartanos has achieved a few milestones during the year, such as successfully launching at Kamiti Security Prison in March then proceeding with the introduction of Corporate Social Responsibility service by national, local and international rugby teams.
“The partnership with Uber ensures that our volunteers who offer skills, knowledge, education and mentorship can travel with peace of mind,” says Zaynah Khanbai, President and Director of New Citizen Education. Through this partnership, we have the opportunity to grow the program and touch many other lives.’’
Uber explains itself as a system that connects Kenyans to places, people, food and moments that matter to them. As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the company says it is important that communities unite and work together to explore potential and uplift the lives of those in need.