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Kenya Pipeline Company Monday announced a Sh 14 million investments towards 2021 scholarship program for Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs) bring the total number of amount spent by the oil company to Sh56million since the program’s inception.
This year marks the 5th intake since the program dubbed Inuka Scholarship whose objective is to enable PWDs countrywide access education, skills-based training and other economic opportunities was initiated by KPC.
The Inuka Program, Inuka Social Empowerment Program aims at enabling PWDs access skills-based training and other economic opportunities and Inuka scholarship program that enables PWDs access Secondary education.
“While access to quality education is a constitutional right, a vast number of PWDs in Kenyans cannot afford to pay for their education in public or private schools Unfortunately, the fact that PWDs constantly needs, the ripple effect of this is that other household’s needs such as education are affected thus stunting their economic wellbeing and lifestyle,” KPC Board Chairperson, Rita Okuthe at the company’s offices during the Scholarship presentation to National Council for Persons with Disability (NCPWD).
KPC has made a deliberate decision to set aside 1% of its Profit Before Tax (PBT) and dedicated the same to its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) activities every Financial Year.
On his part KPC MD Dr Macharia Irungu said access to quality education for every child is a paramount requirement to spur the country economic growth.
“This explains why Education is one of KPC’s Corporate Social Investments (CS) thematic area. Through this agenda the company aims at promoting quality education for all Kenyans. It is important to note that KPC has aligned its CSI programs with the government goal of access to quality education for all children,” he added.
Since its inception in 2016, 376 students living with disability from modest backgrounds fronm all the 47 counties have been offered an opportunity through thisS nittative. Indeed, the program has been instrumental in helping Kenya realize VISiOn 2030 goal of one or providing equitable access to quality education at all levels.
The Company has spent Kshs 56 million since the program was started translating to K.shs 14,000,000 every year” Dr Macaharia said.
He committed that KPC would walk with the beneficiaries through their secondary education and urged them to make the best of the situation and study hard.
NCPWD Executive Director Harun Hassan received the scholarships on behalf of this years’ beneficiaries said the Council appreciated the collaboration between KPC and Council. He said that Inuka initiative is impacting and transforming lives for many PWDs across the country.
Editing By Seth Emanuel