M-Pesa Westgate donations hit $625k

M-Pesa Westgate donations hit $625k

A child is carried away from Westgate Mall after the attack. Cc image courtesy of DurDurNews on Flickr

Donations to the victims of the attack on Westgate mall in Kenya through mobile money platform M-Pesa reached KSh54.4 million (US$625,000) on Tuesday morning, with the contribution increasing by around KSh1 million (US$11,000) per hour.

HumanIPO reported yesterday network operator Safaricom had set up a zero-rated M-Pesa number – 848484 – for Kenyans to send their donations for the victims of the Westgate Mall attack, in which at least 62 people have been killed.

— Safaricom Limited (@SafaricomLtd) September 24, 2013

Safaricom attributes the generosity seen to the Harambee spirit, which encourages Kenyans to come together for the common good. 

The target figure is KSh80 million (US$920,000), set by the Kenya Red Cross Society, with funds going towards emergency evacuation and crisis operations. 

Meanwhile KSh500,000 (US$6,000) has been raised through Airtel Money, according to Airtel Kenya. 

 The Kenya Red Cross Society has asked relatives reunited with previously missing persons to confirm with the Red Cross trace service, which utilises SMS, so the organization can reconcile details on people affected during the attack. 

According to the Kenyan interior ministry, the Kenyan military has now taken control of the mall, killing sixgunmen in the operation.


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