Corporate Social Responsibility
Pomp and fanfare marked the handing over ceremony of a classroom project at Nyayo Tea Zones primary School in Kakamega Zone on 11th September, 2017. The Std. 8 classroom is a Corporate Social responsibility project by Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation to the school which is named after the corporation and is situated next to Lurambi tea block in Kakamega County.
The CSR project is a culmination of NTZDC Board of Directors visit to the school in March 2016 on a fact finding mission on how to support learning in the school. The handing over ceremony was presided over by NTZDC Board Chairman, Mathew Iteere and Managing Director, Peter Korir in the presence of area MP Hon. Titus Khamala, the school board of management, teachers, parents and students. In his remarks, Board Chairman Mr. Iteere said that the classroom project was the beginning of a long term relationship between the corporation and the school, reiterating that the Corporation will closely follow academic and other co-curricular performance in the school going forward. MD Peter Korir said that the Corporation's presence in the locality was beneficial to adjacent communities, adding that projects of mutual benefit will be supported in future.
Class 8 pupils immediately moved into their new class with brand new furniture which they said will motivate them to perform well in the KCPE examinations later in the year. The Corporation wished the candidates well in the examination, and pledged to keep in touch with the school management on the learning progress.
The Corporation has undertaken various community initiatives in the zones aimed at involving communities living adjacent to the forests in conservation and income generation activities. The Corporation supports income generation activities so that the communities can become custodians of forest protection instead of being agents of destruction. The projects funded include bee keeping, dairy farming, fish farming, poultry, fruit farming, sericulture and dairy goat farming.
In the Afforestation program me, the Corporation has helped CBOs to establish their own nurseries for fuel wood production so that they stop relying on forest products. The Corporation provides the communities with certified seeds and nursery farm inputs to enable them plant their own fuel wood.
These community programmes have not only economically empowered communities living adjacent to forests but also greatly reduced their reliance on forest products for their livelihood.
Other Corporate Social responsibility activities undertaken by the Corporation include:
- Construction of communal tea buying centres in the zones. To date, over 70 tea buying centres have been constructed where the Corporation and communities sell their tea.
- Upgrading of rural access roads which have eased accessibility of market centres in the zones and enabled farmers to take their produce to the markets.
- Community sensitisation on the importance of forest conservation and protection of the environment.