Murangá based food processor, Del Monte Kenya Limited (DMKL), will coordinate the distribution of 5,200 packets of sanitary pads to 900 teenage girls in several primary and secondary schools in Murangá County, to empower them to achieve their full academic potential and curb the high rates of menstrual-related absenteeism.
The girls from Kihunguro, Ndula and Nginyi primary schools and Del Monte Mixed and Ndula secondary schools, will each get over 5 months’ supply of sanitary pads from the donation which includes 2,690 packets of sanitary pads from DMKL, 2,310 packets from Sunda International (the manufacturers of Softcare sanitary pads) and 200 packets from Africa Cotton Industries (the manufacturers of Flora sanitary pads).
Part of the sanitary pads donation, will be apportioned to candidates sitting their K.C.S.E (Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Education) and K.C.P.E (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) final exams to sustain them for over five months, as they wind down their secondary and primary education respectively.
“We are committed to ensuring teenage girls in our community are equipped and empowered with information and materials to meet their menstrual health needs, so that they can focus on their education without worrying about their monthly menstrual cycles” said Margaret Nyoro, DMKL Marketing Manager.
The sanitary pads distribution drive is part of DMKL’s Women’s Health and Empowerment initiative, following a commitment it made with the United Nations Foundation (UNF) to empower the lives of more than 10,000 women, including its employees and the community, by providing them with health services and information on reproductive health cancers, contraceptives, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and menstrual health by 2024.
“Many girls are not able to access menstrual hygiene products, with Ministry of Health statistics published in 2019 indicating that 65% of women and girls in Kenya cannot afford them. That is why as a Company we came up with this menstrual health program to support teenage girls’ education and ensure that they live in dignity, while on their periods,’’ said Margaret.
Ministry of Education statistics published in 2018, indicate that girls miss 13 learning days in a term when they miss 4 days a month because of their periods. In an academic year of 9 months, this accumulates to 39 lost days, equivalent to 6 weeks of learning time.
Therefore, a girl in primary school between grades 6 and 8 (three years) loses 18 learning weeks out of 108 weeks. Within the four years of high school, a girl can lose 156 learning days equivalent to almost 24 weeks out of 144 weeks of learning. This is approx. 17% of learning time lost.
Motor vehicle distributor, Toyota Kenya has strengthened its presence in the Mt. Kenya region after opening the Nanyuki Branch, as its 9th branch.
After an investment of over Kshs. 30 million, Toyota Kenya Nanyuki becomes the Toyota Kenya’s second branch in the region after Nyeri Toyota, with Mutindwa Toyota in Meru County operating as a dealer.
Speaking at the opening of the newest branch in the growing network, Toyota Kenya Managing Director, Arvinder Reel said the opening of the new branch signalled the firm’s commitment to the region since the outlet will now offer more products and services. “We continue enhancing services in our expanding network for the convenience of the customer by continuously developing products and services to match the customers’ needs and wants, and at the right prices.”
“Our desire is for every Toyota customer in Laikipia County to enjoy the speed of quality service, value for money and attention to detail that has been our tradition for long. Our new showroom in Nanyuki means that our customers can now access our state-of-the-art workshop and reliable Toyota trained technicians,” added Mr. Reel.
The branch will serve customers from Laikipia County and beyond where they will get to interact with our brands that include Toyota, Hino trucks and buses, Yamaha motorcycles and Suzuki.
Governor Laikipia County, Hon. Ndiritu Muriithi, who was the chief guest at the opening said, “Today's opening of this branch by Toyota Kenya, is a remarkable validation of the opportunities that our county offers for businesses and enterprises to thrive and flourish. My Government is committed to building a conducive and enabling environment across the board so that we are able to create employment opportunities, wealth and success for our people. I congratulate the Toyota Kenya team for their choice of Nanyuki, which is an abiding legacy for the existent opportunities for all.”
Toyota Kenya operates a three-channel network in its operations, to include Branches, Dealers and Toyota Kenya Authorised Service Centres. The branches and the dealers can offer vehicle sales, quality service and genuine spare parts. The authorized service centres on the other hand offer services and spare parts.
Lauding the County’s economic achievements initiated by the Governor under the #DestinationLaikipia banner, Mr. Reel added that Toyota Kenya was ready to play a key role as a facilitator to further growth through investments such as the new showroom with products that will support the agricultural and tourism sectors.
Engage BCW has been recognized for excellence in five campaigns in this year’s Africa SABRE Awards.
Engage BCW won a Gold Sabre award in integrated marketing and Certificates of Excellence for campaigns in integrated marketing, crisis and issues management, public sector/government relations and cause-related marketing.
“We have always believed in excellence. We operate on the premise that when the client is happy, then everyone is happy. This award is a vote of confidence in our commitment to excellence,” said Engage BCW Managing Partner Desiree Gomes.
Engage BCW was a winner with the #AStarisborn campaign in the integrated marketing category that ran during Toyota Kenya’s launch of the new Toyota Starlet.
For cause-related marketing Engage BCW was recognized for the #OPPOcares and #Sarovacares campaigns which highlighted OPPO and Sarova Hotels efforts to support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The #NWHbouncesback campaign was feted under the issues and crisis management category. The campaign resulted in Nairobi Women's Hospital being reinstated by insurance companies to the latter’s list of accredited healthcare services providers.
Finally, in the public sector/government relations category, the integrated communications firm was recognized for the #Askyouraviator series, highlighting activities carried out by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.
The Africa SABRE Awards recognize superior achievement in branding, reputation, and engagement.
The theme of this year’s Earth Day is, “Together, we can Restore our Earth.” This is a timely reminder to all of us that we have a critical role to play in preventing the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. As you are aware, The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for immediate action to combat climate change. Shifting temperatures, unpredictable weather patterns, and more severe storm events threaten the health of communities and ecosystems across the country.
“As an agriculture company, we believe that a sustainable future for all is possible, but it requires commitment and action from everyone today. We rely on the health of our planet and the wellbeing of our people. That is why we are devoted to working towards A Better World Tomorrow – to ensure environmental protection and conservation.” Said Moses Machayo; Environment, Health and Safety – Senior Departmental Head, Del Monte Kenya Ltd.
As part of their climate change mitigation efforts, Del Monte Kenya is constantly working with their neighbors and communities to plant more trees annually.
“Over the past three years, we’ve been able to plant more than 20,000 trees at Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, and this year we planted 10,000 indigenous trees in this endangered ecosystem and donated 3,000 tree seedlings to the neighboring community. It is our hope that these efforts will contribute significantly to the country’s goal of increasing its forest cover to 10 percent of the landmass.” Added Machayo.
Del Monte Kenya has also created a new Environmental Action Tool and database to track their company-wide greenhouse gas emissions.
“At DMKL, we are working to align our efforts to Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement, which aims to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 32% by the year 2030. This new tool will give us the data we need to set greenhouse gas emissions baselines and develop science-based targets in the future.” Added Machayo.
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