The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), Better Globe Forestry and Bamburi Cement have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Green Initiative Challenge phase one, to promote environment conservation in schools and communities. The program is aimed at raising awareness on environmental conservation as well as creating an involvement of schools and students in improving their environments through a participatory and rewarding initiative.
Bamburi has signed a four year partnership deal to equip different schools with capacity on environmental conservation from their best practices in environment management from its subsidiary, Lafarge ecosystem.
“We will work with KenGen Foundation to reward the best participating schools and students with scholarships for the secondary and university education. For the best performing schools, we will support with infrastructure development, rehabilitation of classrooms and construction of rain water harvester tanks within the school,” remarked Bamburi Cement MD, Bruno Pescheux.
“At the end of the pilot programme, the project will be ready for phase 2 after completion of phase one in the next six months. Based on this success, we intend to roll out the program in other company’s plants beginning with Olkaria, Naivasha, where we generate geothermal energy as well as Sondu Miriu in Nyanza where we have other hydro stations,” said KenGen MD,Albert Mugo.
After the second phase of the project, more schools will embrace the environmental programs; more community members will be keen on environmental conservation and more students will embrace tree planting techniques around their schools and communities. The project has also been piloted at the Eastern hydros.