Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants, has enabled eight bright students who sat for the Kenya Primary Certificate of Education (KCPE) last year to start their secondary school education journey. 

The sponsorship valued at Kshs 2 million, will see the eight through their four years in high school. The students have been picked from eight different counties as the firm seeks to enable children from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their dreams through a recent partnership with Palmhouse Foundation.

Vivo Energy Kenya Managing Director, Polycarp Igathe, urged members of the society to invest in education programs to assist needy students.  “These students form a generation that we are nurturing and depending on with regard to the country’s future leadership,” Igathe said, adding, “We are therefore glad to play a role in sponsoring the students who are confident, they will cover their four years of secondary school without the challenge of looking for school fees.” 

Palmhouse Foundation takes a holistic approach to sponsorship by infusing mentorship into their progamme. This is done during all the school holidays to the beneficiaries of the sponsorship. The aim is to not only ensure that the students realize their dreams but also get transformed in the process and eventually transform their communities.

Form one students have begun reporting to schools with the Cabinet Secretary for Education Jacob Kaimenyi warning that action will be taken against secondary schools who charge more than approved fees.

Vivo Energy revealed that the scholarships will be issued annually as the firm places efforts in building the education base in the country and empowering the youth to access the resources they need to succeed.

Palmhouse Foundation provides scholarships to bright and talented children from families that are financially challenged by diverse circumstances with a majority having attended poorly equipped rural primary schools in the country.

Notes to the Editor

Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, announced its name change from Kenya Shell in February 2013 following the completion of acquisition in November 2012.The Shell brand has been in Kenya for over 100 years.  Vivo Energy Kenya has a storage capacity of 82,200m³ and 121 retail stations with a majority offering of Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.  Vivo Energy Kenya employs 194 people but the business provides indirect employment to over 200 people.  

Vivo Energy operates in Retail; Commercial Fuels (Marine, Mining and Aviation in partnership with Vitol Aviation); Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Lubricants in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mali, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.  

The company employs around 2,000 people and operates 1,400 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants will have blending capacity of around 150,000 metric tons at plants in seven countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal) producing Shell branded lubricants.

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