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Kenya

Vivo Energy Kenya wants to make a real and lasting difference to the communities in which we operate. Our community investment programmes matter to us because we employ local people and serve local businesses and individuals. We want to create lasting social and economic benefits for these communities and engage with them to earn their respect and trust.

We have chosen to focus on three key areas of community investment. These are road safety, education and the environment.

Road safety

Vivo Energy Kenya partnered with Multiple Hauliers East Africa Limited, on road safety campaign projects. The partnership will focus on training pupils in public primary schools situated along the Kenyan northern corridor on how to cross the road safely at all times. The project concentrates on teaching children in lower primary and standard four due to the huge number of pupils in the schools. 

Vivo Energy Kenya, responded to a call by Petroleum Institute of East Africa, (PIEA) the professional body for the oil and gas industry in the EA region to partner with St John Ambulance and be able to open highway rescue centers on the Kenyan Northern Corridor Highway.

St John Kenya is a charity, established in Kenya by St John Ambulance of Kenya Act Cap 259, 86 years ago.

Vivo Energy Kenya opened two highway rescue centers on the Northern Corridor highway, which connects the country from Mombasa to the border of Uganda. The company opened the centers at Kangemi on the outskirts of Nairobi and in Webuye in Western Kenya.
Education

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.

Environment

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.