Through its partnership with the Palmhouse Foundation, which commenced in 2014, Vivo Energy Kenya is helping to support eight talented students in need, so that they will be able to complete secondary schooling.
The Palmhouse Foundation is an education trust which has the mission of financing the secondary education of deserving students in need and to mentor them through life. Created in 2002, the Palmhouse Foundation is formally registered under the Trust Act and the NGO Coordination Act.
Other education partnerships that Vivo Energy Kenya has are with Starehe Boys Centre and School and Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School.
Vivo Energy started a partnership with Nature Kenya in 2014. Nature Kenya — the East Africa Natural History Society — is Africa’s oldest environmental society. It was established in 1909 to promote the study and conservation of nature in eastern Africa. Nature Kenya implements these aims through the mission, ‘Connecting nature and people to take action for biodiversity conservation’.
Nature Kenya strives to:
- Enhance knowledge of Kenya’s biodiversity
- Promote conservation of key species, sites, and habitats
- Encourage community participation in conservation through promotion of sustainable benefits
- Advocate policies favourable to biodiversity conservation
- Enhancing knowledge of Kenya’s biodiversity.
Through its partnership with Nature Kenya, Vivo Energy will engage in environmental projects at Arabuko and Dakatcha forests, which are in the Coastal region of Kenya and in Kinangop Plateau a region in Kenya that lies between the Kenyan Rift Valley to the west and the Aberdare Range to the east. It takes its name from Kinangop Mountain which rises in the Aberdares to the east.
In addition to Nature Kenya, Vivo Energy Kenya also works with Shinning Hope For communities (SHOFCO), an NGO that combats gender inequality and extreme poverty in urban slums by linking tuition free schools for girls to holistic social services for all. Vivo Energy Kenya, has supported the construction of pit Latrines and water points for the NGO.
The company has also donated 16 acres of land to Friends of Karura Forest Environmental Education Trust. The land is used by Nairobi residence as a recreation venue and also by pupils who visit the forest to learn about the environment.