In June this year (2018), the Kenya Power Company officially launched the ‘Wezesha Jamii ‘ programmes at City Primary School where the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Dr. Ken Tarus handed over a cheque of KShs.1.7 million to the institution. The money was meant to finance construction of a play field for children with special needs at a cost of KShs.1.5 million and equipping a vocational training car wash for the Autism Unit hosted by the school at a cost of KShs.200,000. The programmes dubbed ‘Wezesha Jamii’ are part of the Company’s CSI initiatives and will support provision of education, water, health and sanitation facilities.
“Kenya Power endeavours to improve the livelihoods of the people from the community in which it operates. Traditionally, the Company has set aside 1 per cent of its net profit every financial year to support its CSI initiatives,” said Dr. Tarus, on June 26th 2018, during the official launch of the programme in Nairobi.
This year, the Company has aided schools in the construction of classrooms, kitchen and sanitation facilities as well as provision of learning materials in realization of the important role played by education in the development of a country.
One of the projects that the programme has supported is the refurbishment of Obambo Primary School’s kitchen with a sponsorship cheque of K.Shs 600,000.
Photo- Happy Children of Obambo Primary School with a sponsorship cheque of K.Shs 600,000/=. The funds went towards the refurbishment of the school’s kitchen under our ‘Wezesha Jamii’ program
Photo- Obambo Primary School’s kitchen before refurbishment.
Photo- Obambo Primary School’s kitchen after refurbishment.
Another project funded by Kenya power’s ‘Wezesha Jamii’ programme was the refurbishment of St Joseph Ugana Secondary School’s sanitary facilities. See images below:
RingRing Mixed secondary school received KShs. 99,000 that went towards the construction of classrooms at the school.
Photo- ingRing Mixed secondary school students posing for a photo after receiving a Cheque forum the RM North Rift Region,Kimutai Bett.
Photo- Happy Students of A.I.C Cheles Mixed Day School receive a Cheque of KShs 500,000 that aided in construction of a form two classroom.
Last year (2017), the Company adopted a new CSI policy which allocates 60 per cent of the CSI budget towards projects that support education programmes across the country.
In the past, Kenya Power has supported several schools that cater for children with special needs including Dr. Ribeiro Parklands Primary School Cerebral Palsy Unit, the school of the Mentally Disabled in Embu, Pwani School for the mentally handicapped in Coast, among other institutions.
Last year, the Company also supported construction of classrooms and administration blocks in other schools such as St Mary’s Tachasis Early Childhood Development School, Olessos Primary School in Eldoret and Katulu Primary School in Machakos.
In addition, the Company has an endowment fund at Starehe Boys and Girls that funds learning for needy students at both institutions.
Kenya Power will spend KShs.13 million to fund Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programmes championed by employees across the country.
To enhance provision of clean water to communities outside the reach of piped water, the Company has set aside KShs.8 million to electrify boreholes in various parts across the country. The Corporate sponsorship programme by the Kenya Power company has been hailed by many for uplifting the livelihoods of many and refurbishment of schools’ structures.
For more information, contact: The Corporate Communications Department, Kenya Power Tel.: 0711 031 975 E-mail: CorporateComms@kplc.co.ke