Habesha Steel donates over 50 million birr for coronavirus fight


Habesha Steel Mills Plc responded to the government’s call for the support to mitigate the effects of corona virus in Ethiopia.
The Indian firm announced a donation of 50 million birr worth of medical supplies including oxygen to health facilities to help the fight against the pandemic.
According to Kishen Raval, Managing Director of Habesha steel, this is the time we stand together. “The factory will produce the products in its own factory which is located around Dukem, Oromia region,” Raval told Capital.
Starting form the announcement of the first case in Ethiopia the government has been calling individuals and companies to support its resource mobilization in the effort to coordinate the gathering of financial and non-financial materials for COVID-19 emergency preparedness.
Besides giving the medical supplies, the factory is planning to support around 500 people that are living around its factory at a time of a lock down. “We are planning to give them fully prepared hot meal because if we give them the materials there will be a lot of people who don’t have the other ingredients to prepare the food,” said the managing director.
The factory is also well known by its developmental works in the surrounding community. It built 106 houses for displaced Ethiopian citizens, delivered a constant fresh water supply to Taddecha village in Dukem. It also provides the cost of education for many children every year and regularly donates food, clothes, blankets etc to the less fortunate in the area.
“We have built road and speed breakers for municipal school due to the many accidents whilst children were walking to school; we also helped the police force by building police guard posts at different areas,” the managing director told Capital.
Habesha Steel has more than 1500 employees and “we have built the modest customer oriented company and have shown a steady growth due to its focus on quality and modern system of production, this is because of our strong committed and loyal employees from the community, so we have to help each other at such times” said Kishen Raval.
“We want to be a role model for other industries, our collective and concerted efforts to help one another in times of great need will be the only way we overcome this difficult times,” added the managing director.
One of the largest steel factories in Ethiopia Habesha Steel produce full range of reinforcement bars for construction of residential and commercial structures, flyovers, bridges, and power plants.