As a responsible corporate entity, the company has invested and is involved in the following CSR projects
Support of various learning institutions, most notably; Nzoia Sugar Company Primary school, Nzoia Industrial primary School, Nzoia Girls’ Secondary School and 2 Pre-Unit Schools.
The company offers free voluntary counseling and testing to the neighboring communities from its VCT center as a means of combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The company maintains a vast network of roads infrastructure within the sugarcane zone.
NSC natures agro-forestry nurseries where seedlings are sold to farmers at subsidized prices.
NSC has developed several water points to provide clean drinking water to neighboring schools and communities.
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Nzoia Sugar Company is a producer of the sweetest Kenyan sugar in the republic of Kenya and a source of livelihood to residents of Bungoma County. The company provides employment directly and indirectly to millions of residents.
The Nzoia Community is an integral part of Nzoia Sugar Company since it is the main source of resources that provide Nzoia Sugar Company with the capacity to operate smoothly in different levels.
In a bid to give back to the community, the company has a CSR policy which provides a guideline for Corporate Social Responsibility programs implementation.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) undoubtedly plays a critical role in ensuring that part of Nzoia Sugar Company’s income is ploughed back to the community in various ways as captured in the company’s CSR policy document.
Nzoia Sugar Company has specifically carried out its CSR programs through critical areas such as education, health, infrastructure development, environment, Youth Development and sports, emergencies and donations among others.
Health is a very important sector that has been emphasized by the corporate CSR committee and is being implemented accordingly.
At Nzoia Sugar Company, we understand that in order to fulfill our mandate, we require a healthy community. This is because we derive our raw material and labour from the local community.
To this end, Nzoia Sugar has dedicated its first project by constructing a health facility (dispensary) at Kakimanyi centre in Bungoma East Sub-County at a cost of Ksh.2.8 million.
Dream Come true
For a long time, residents of Kakimanyi village in Milo Sub location, Bungoma East in Bungoma County travelled for long distances in search of a health facility.
Some patients died on the way before they could reach the nearest health facility which was more than 5 kilometers away.
“We had two schools in the area and it was very difficult for our children to get health care during emergencies. Some of our people died on their way to hospital,” said Mrs. Florence Wanyama treasurer of the committee.
This grieved the members of that community who decided to come together to build a dispensary to cater for their health needs.
The idea which was formed in the year 2007, led to the formation of a committee to spearhead the project. Committee members consisted of the area Chief, Assistant Chief, area Councilor, Village Elders and members of the community.
Community members contributed labour, material and monetary support towards building Kakimanyi Dispensary.
Bungoma County Council then bought land for setting up the facility and the work towards having a health facility in the village began.
However the community project was met with financial constraints which saw the project stall in the year 2010. This is when Nzoia Sugar Company chipped in by offering to complete the stalled dispensary as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility.
The community members are full of gratitude because their dream to have a health facility in the area has come to pass.
The Managing Director Nzoia Sugar Company then, Mr. Saul Wasilwa while handing over the dispensary to the community’s project Chairman Mr. Martin K. Wanyonyi on 8th May, 2013, said the Company is committed to assisting members of the community to ensure continued partnership by giving back part of its income for developmental projects.
Nzoia Sugar Company also runs a clinic and provides the company ambulance to serve the community during emergencies.
We also offer HIV Prevention, Drug and Alcohol Abuse services in the community by offering free;
- HIV Awareness and sensitization programmes
- Voluntary Counseling and Testing services
- Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission services
Education being a vital role in the development of our economy has effectively been boosted through our CSR initiatives towards the neighbouring communities.
The Company has gone a long way in rebuilding six classrooms for Khaweli Primary School located approximately five kilometers from the factory.
Relevant renovations have been made and currently pupils are happy with the new state of the art classrooms free from external interference while undertaking their learning sessions.
The School Head Teacher Mr. Augustine Masinde said that pupils are now comfortable with the conducive learning environment and performance will definitely be boosted in the long run. He urged the Company to keep up the positive spirit in an endeavor to enhance learning in the County through social responsibility programs put in place.
The Company also supported Kituni Primary School by constructing two ultra-modern classrooms and pupils have enjoyed using the facility for the past two years. The school’s Project Management Committee said the institution was lucky having been selected among many that requested for similar support at that time.
Residents especially parents are very pleased with the support and have promised to develop sugarcane and deliver to the factory at an appropriate time to ensure the factory carries out its functions effectively without a shortage of raw materials in order to continue supporting members of the community.
Nzoia Sugar Company management pledged to continue providing the necessary assistance as per the CSR policy to ensure all the regions in the County are reached out to impartially.
The company also sponsors one secondary school, two primary schools and two nursery schools situated within the company premises. (Nzoia Girls’ Secondary School, Nzoia Primary, Nzoia Industrial Primary, Nzoia & Industrial Nursery Schools). The institutions have been critical in producing energetic personalities that have been sought after by NSC and other organizations due to their professional competence after completion of higher education.
This education support program according to the Company management has played a key role in cementing the working relations between the organization and the neighbouring community. The community has on its part stated its stand to work harmoniously with NSC and ensure it realizes its goals and boost education standards by providing the much needed education facilities.
Management is committed to fully implement the corporate social responsibility projects annually by ensuring all relevant regions in the County are supported in a fair manner as per our support CSR program.
ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
We construct, repair and maintain roads and bridges for easier accessibility to our farmers within the Nzoia Sugar belt.
Through this dispensation, approximately 280 Km of roads are graded and 100km are graveled annually. The company has been installing and maintaining over 25 culvert lines in a financial year which is aimed at improving the drainage systems.
We are also in the process of constructing 7 permanent bridges in the sugar belt to shorten farm to weighbridge distances, a project funded by then Kenya Sugar Board.
Nzoia Sugar Company is also involved in environmental conservation activities. In pursuit of the same, several interventions have been put in place such as afforestation among others.
Through our afforestation program, we sell tree seedlings to local cane farmers, women and youth groups, schools and other public institutions for planting at subsidized prices.
The company also distributes tree seedlings for free during tree planting exercises to support environmental conservation exercises in our community.
Nzoia Sugar Company has developed 13 water points and boreholes to provide clean drinking water to neighboring schools and communities within the sugar belt.
We also have various locations of spring water where the community can access easily. The company also supplies clean drinking water to neighbouring institutions/community in line with the company CSR policy.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND SPORTS
We are very passionate about the development of the youth in the community within which we operate. We support youth development by sponsoring youth development initiatives.
Nzoia Sugar Company has also invested in the nurturing and growing of local sporting talent by fully sponsoring the Nzoia FC football team. The team consists of young talented men from the local community.
Revival of Nzoia FC
Young talented Men from Nzoia community received the news of the revival of the Nzoia FC Football team with joy. This is because they knew a chance to practice and develop their football talent had been given to them once again.
Nzoia FC which was revived in the year 2012 has granted a chance to over 20 young talented men to be part of the success of Nzoia Sugar Company by playing their favourite football game.
Apart from giving the young men a source of livelihood, the company is nurturing their talent which may enable them to be professional football players in future.
SPONSORSHIP AND DONATION PROGRAMS
We sponsor various events that will contribute to the growth and development of our community as well as donate towards needy causes and emergencies.
Notable sponsorship and donations projects facilitated by our CSR program:
- Donations towards the Kenya paraplegic Organization (KPO).
- Sponsorship of the ‘Kenya freedom from hunger walk’.
- Donation towards the ‘Kenyans for Kenya initiative’ in West Pokot and Turkana.
- Sponsorship of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
- Donation towards the ‘Uganda mudslide victims’ in Bududa District.
- Sponsorship of the ‘World Aids Day’.
- Sponsorship of the Kenya National Union of Teachers Bungoma East Branch.
The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Nzoia Sugar Company Ltd wishes to thank the members of the Nzoia community and all stakeholders for their continued support.