Every November the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination is held. Over half a million students sit this examination, all with an aspiration to join secondary schools and further their education.
Unfortunately some students - although they performed very well in the exam - are not able to proceed to secondary school as their families cannot afford the fees.
One of Vivo Energy Kenya’s, (VEK) community investment focus areas is education, and with this in mind we looked for a partner who we could work with to make the dreams of some of these needy yet bright students be achieved. A partnership was inked with the Palmhouse Foundation, an NGO whose vision is to enable deserving students to realise their dreams, transform their lives, their families and society.
The foundation was formed in 2002, and has over 500 beneficiaries who have completed secondary school and over 230 have proceeded to universities.
Vivo Energy Kenya’s partnership with the Palmhouse Foundation commenced in 2014, when the first group of eight students joined the VEK family. In 2015 another eight students also joined and this year the trend has been maintained with a further eight students’ secondary school education being sponsored by VEK.
The criteria of picking the students was well thought out, and aligned to the previous country demarcations of Kenya’s eight provinces. As we have Shell service stations in all eight provinces we decided to support students all across the country where we operate.
The sponsorship covers school fees for each student for their entire four years in secondary school. Palmhouse Foundation goes further than providing school fees, as they enable the students to be better citizens on completion of their studies.
Commenting on Vivo Energy Kenya’s sponsorship of the students Communications Manager Angela Munyua said: “It’s not about giving a man a fish to feed him for a day but teaching a man to fish so you can feed him for a lifetime. As well as the school education this teaching comes from mentoring sessions which are held in April, August & November as the start of the school holiday period. The students, gather in a designated location where they meet with mentors who listen to their experiences during their term, look at their performance and help the students set goals for the next term. We are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause.”
Having just completed the April mentoring session Catherine Irungu said: “I am very greatful for the sponsorship that Vivo Energy Kenya has given me. It is my dream to become a lawyer and i am working hard to ensure I achieve this goal. Vivo Energy Kenya’s support is a big boost to my aspiration and I will not let them down.”
The partnership between Vivo Energy Kenya and the Palmhouse Foundation is a perfect match since both organisations share values that touch on society, show respect, transformation and integrity.
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About Vivo Energy
With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in 2012. The Shell brand has been in Kenya since 1900.
Vivo Energy Kenya has a storage capacity of 87,625 m³ and 163 retail stations with a majority offering of Shell Cards and convenience retailing stores. Vivo Energy Kenya employs 193 people. The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.
Vivo Energy provides high quality solutions for motorists and businesses in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops and other non-fuel services (e.g. oil change and car wash). For businesses it provides fuels, lubricants and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, and manufacturing. Jet fuel is sold to customers at 23 airports though a partnership with Vitol Aviation.
The company employs around 2,100 people and operates over 1,500 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 125,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.
Vivo Energy Kenya: Communications Manager
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