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2003 – 2006
Since the inception of the Standard Chartered Bank Nairobi Marathon in 2003, all funds raised from the marathon went towards supporting the “Seeing is Believing” initiative at Kikuyu Eye Unit where the Bank funded all cataract surgeries for children under the age of nine.

When Standard Chartered Bank initially entered into partnership with Kikuyu Eye Hospital back in 2003, the Eye Unit was doing approximately 40 cataract operations per year. In the first year of the partnership, the cataract operations moved to 150 and in 2007 the hospital performed 1,000 operations.

In 2007 Standard Chartered Bank partnered with Christian Blind Mission (CBM) in the ‘Seeing is Believing’ initiative, where CBM brought on board technical expertise in eye care. CBM has since supported the Bank by proactively identifying beneficiary hospitals, giving advice on areas of intervention and purchase of eye care equipment.  

Furthermore, in 2007, Standard Chartered went ahead and initiated a relationship with Machakos Technical School for the Blind in partnership with our Global “Seeing is Believing” Ambassador, Henry Wanyoike. As part of the World Sight Day celebrations, staff raised money for the construction of a borehole at the school. The bank topped up the staff contribution, through the shilling-for-shilling initiative, and with an additional amount raised by Henry, the borehole was constructed.

In 2008 under the theme Hesabika and give someone the power of sight, the marathon saw over 12,000 participants take part in the Nairobi marathon in a bid to contribute to “Seeing is Believing”.  All proceeds from the marathon amounting to Kes.12.5 million were donated to various hospitals in the country under the ‘Seeing is Believing” umbrella. The  funds raised in 2008  were an increase of 33% from those of 2007. 2008 was exemplary in that The Greatest Race on Earth (GROE) also partnered with “Seeing is Believing” to raise funds across the world.

Kwale District Eye Centre and Sabatia Eye Hospital became the new beneficiaries of “Seeing is Believing” in 2008. Just like Kikuyu Eye Hospital, Sabatia and Kwale are mission hospitals offering professional eye care services to communities in Western and Coast provinces respectively. Both hospitals target the less fortunate and receive referrals from far and wide. A total of 371 congenital cataract operations were carried out in the three hospitals.

Samburu district at large has the highest rate of Trachoma prevalence in Kenya largely attributed to the pastoralists way of life. In 2008, the bank sponsored a pilot Trachoma control project in Siangan village at the heart of Samburu district at a cost of Kes.2 million. In partnership with Christian Blind Mission (CBM) and ground implementers ELCK-Arsim Dispensary, we used the World Health Organization (WHO) approved SAFE strategy (Surgery, Antibiotic, Facial Cleanliness and Environmental Improvement), a holistic management strategy to fight Trachoma at   Siang’an Village, Samburu District. The following results were achieved in the 2008:
•    15 Trachoma surgeries were carried out;
•    800 tubes of Tetracycline Eye Ointment  were distributed to the community;
•    10 pit latrines were constructed to address the sanitation  problem;
•    3,552 trees were marked with paint to prevent them down from being cut down;
•    Construction of a rock catchment commenced.


2009 saw Standard Chartered sponsor the seventh edition of the Nairobi Marathon. The 2009 Marathon under the theme, Hesabika Tena, Run and be a hero in someone’s eyes, saw over 15,000 participants taking part.

2009 was also marked with increased awareness and support for Seeing is Believing. A combination of media support and goodwill from friends of the marathon and participants saw the contributions to Seeing is Believing increased by 16%. This contribution facilitated over 650 cataract surgeries for children under the age of nine in the five projects sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank. Lighthouse for Christ and Tenwek Hospital also came on board in 2009.

At Lechet village in the heart of Samburu district, the Bank continued with the Trachoma intervention initiative. The Bank funded another comprehensive trachoma control project where trachoma operations were carried out, tetracycline tubes and mosquito treated nets distributed. The Bank also sponsored the construction of a rock catchment for harvesting rain water to rid the community of the perennial water problems and improve sanitation systems.

With the proceeds of the 2010 Marathon i.e. Kshs.16.5 million, Standard Chartered Bank sponsored over 800 cataract, glaucoma and trauma related surgeries and was able to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for two of the beneficiary hospitals as well as put up a child friendly nursery and playroom at Lighthouse for Christ.

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya also launched a pilot project in Kwale, where it caters for follow-up treatment for children who have undergone surgery until they turn 7 years. The program currently has 30 children. This is in line with the Bank’s objective of providing surgery to as many needy children as possible but at the same time guaranteeing quality.

The theme of the 2011 marathon, Share the Vision, built on what we had achieved over the previous eight editions, especially in its contribution to ‘Seeing is Believing”. Through this 9th edition of the Nairobi Marathon, the Bank raised Kes.17 million.The funds will be used for the purchase of medical equipment, training of medical personnel and eye surgeries.

The Standard Chartered Nairobi International Marathon (SCNM), which is the largest sporting event in Kenya, marked 10 years since inception in 2003. The 10th edition of the SCNM took place on October 28, 2012 at the Nyayo National Stadium under the theme Run for a reason. The Bank raised KShs. 23 Million towards the purchase of medical equipment, training of medical personnel and eye surgeries

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