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Heritage Unveils School Feeding Programme

Heritage Insurance in partnership with Liberty Life Kenya has unveiled a school feeding programme targeting pupils of Kajiado Township Primary and Secondary Schools during celebrations to mark this year's Nelson Mandela International Day.

The feeding programme which targets over 1,000 students from the two schools is aimed at providing the learners, majority of whom hail from unprivileged households, aims at providing an enabling learning environment that will allow them to focus and excel in their studies.

The day which is globally marked on July 18th, saw the entire Heritage Insurance and Liberty Life fraternities answer United Nations call to 'make a difference in the community'. The UN reckons that

"Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day is an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change".

The initial phase saw the two companies inject KSh. 135, 000 towards the programme. The funds were raised by staff from the two companies through a Feed a Child Stairwell Challenge. In the initiative, over 200 staff took part in the exciting challenge which involved staff avoid the elevators and instead take stairs to the roof top, 10 floors from the basement as a way of promoting healthy living while helping a needy child learn.

Speaking at the joyous ceremony at the school grounds, Heritage Insurance Director for Health Insurances Albert Ngunjiri who also serves as the CSR Patron noted that every child deserves decent education in a conducive environment.

"Our two companies are conscious of the needs affecting students from marginalized areas and the urgent responsibility to join hands in providing sustainable solutions. In this school, one of the biggest challenge is having students attend classes while hungry. This feeding programme therefore seeks to close this gap and support students to focus on their studies without worrying what they will feed on", observed Ngunjiri.

General Manager for Risk and Compliance for Liberty Life and Heritage Insurance Musili Kivuitu noted that the group is committed to rolling out tailored and sustainable corporate social initiatives that empower and uplift lifestyles.

"Today, we are affirming our relationship to empower the students and members of this community of our aspiration to be part of your growth and plans to develop solutions", said Musili.

The feeding programme will see over 1,000 students from both Kajiado Township primary and secondary schools served lunch for the entire third term of 2017 in partnership with the schools' management.

Other programmes that the two companies have initiated in the school include a water sustainability initiative through provision of a borehole, establishment of a library fully equipped with books and seats as well as a student’s motivation programme that rewards best performing students.