“KPC has gone out of its way to invest in people’s hopes and dreams to re-shape and re-define their
future. This is why every year, we set aside one percent (1%) of the Company’s post-tax profits for
corporate social investment programs focusing on youth empowerment, women and persons with
disabilities; education; health and sanitation,” KPC Foundation Manager Bernice Lemedeket told
Kenpipe News on a recent national tour of the company’s community projects.
In Homa Bay County, the fabled Simbi village can’t wait to unveil a brand new science laboratory at
Simbi Secondary School. The construction of the facility which is nearing completion is fully funded by
KPC and it’s expected to boost performance in science subjects, an area the school principal Moses
Atito admits has been a pain in the neck for many years. “With this laboratory, we are opening a new
chapter in our school’s performance. We have recorded poor results in national examinations due to
poor infrastructure and this is bound to change. The community is very excited about this project. We
thank KPC for this great initiative”, said Atito.
In the nearby Migori County, a foundation for a new era has been erected, literally. With support from
KPC’s CSI kitty, a new girls boarding is coming up to benefit hundreds of poor rural girls who are in dire
need of education. Masangora Girls Secondary School in Kuria East constituency is going to be the
first boarding school for girls in the whole ward. Addressing a KPC delegation during a recent project
site visit, the school’s management committee chair Mariam Wegesa said that the girl child in Kuria
faces many challenges including early marriages and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and this new
school will not only empower the girl child, but it will also uplift the area’s education standards. “With
this school, we are staring at a very bright future for our daughters. We have been marginalized for so
long but I am delighted to see a happy ending,” Mariam said.
Still in Migori, hundreds of pupils from Kamondi Primary School will benefit from the government’s digital
training program for class one pupils because KPC has already rehabilitated several classrooms,
erected water tanks and sank pit latrines to create a secure and healthy learning environment. The
school has already received the digital learning tablets from the government after the Ministry of
Education officials were satisfied with the security and learning atmosphere in the institution.
The company is also rehabilitating learning facilities in Manyonyi Primary School (Kakamega County),
Nachu Primary School (Kiambu County) besides putting up Kaminjeiwet Community Resource Centre
in Kericho County which will benefit close to 12,500 students from nearby schools. In Meru County,
over 700 girls from Akithii Secondary School will soon access clean water courtesy of a borehole done
“For us in KPC, we are not just doing community projects to raise our profile and public goodwill. Our
agenda is bigger. It is about transforming individuals and families. This is why this year, we also took
part in the Mater Heart Run in support of needy children with heart problem and also supported the
International Conference on Peace organized by Mount Kenya University and Nation Media Group to
promote peace as we go to elections on 8th August,” KPC Managing Director Joe Sang told a
KPC JOINS THE WORLD IN MARKING WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
KPC this year partnered with the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to mark the World Environment Day on
5th June 2017. The World Environment Day (WED) is observed worldwide to promote awareness on
the importance of sustainable management of our environment and its resources with view to ensuring
a balanced and equitable use of such resources for the benefit of present and future generations. In
celebrating this day, KPC affirmed that it is currently expanding its pipeline infrastructure with plans of
installing environmentally friendly facilities across its network to reduce its carbon footprint.
According to KPC Managing Director Joe Sang, KPC has already domesticated the 2016 Kenya Climate
Change Act through environmental policies on resource utilization and fugitive emissions with a view to
minimizing emissions from company operations. Sang said that the company is in the process of
developing a framework to enable it estimate its current level of greenhouse gas emission.
Speaking during the WED at Ngong Forest where KPC and KFS assembled, Sang announced that with
support from KFS, KPC had adopted 2 acres of forest to plant hundreds of trees as a contribution
towards increasing Kenya’s forest cover. KPC’s adoption of the 2-acre section of Ngong Forest saw it
partner with schools to plant over 1100 trees with the schools also participating in essay writing and art
competitions and receiving book donations from KPC.
“One of our core values is care for the environment and in line with this, we have partnered with Star of
Hope primary school in Nairobi and Nairobi Road primary school in Nakuru to take the message of
environmental protection and conservation to our young people,” Sang told a gathering of school
children, KPC and KFS staff after leading a tree planting exercise in Ngong Forest.
To further mitigate against the destruction of forests, KPC has begun estimating the country’s Green
House Gas emissions reduction potential by weaning the wider population from using fuel wood or
charcoal to using LPG. The company plans to put up LPG transport and storage facilities which will
ensure forests are not cut down for wood fuel.
“KPC is upgrading and replacing some of the existing pipeline network with low carbon pipeline
infrastructure and operational systems with planned pipeline network extension to counties and other
neighbouring countries thereby minimizing Green House Gas emissions from oil transporting trucks
nationwide and within the regional markets of Eastern Africa.” Sang added.
In addition, KPC has already broken ground for the Kisumu Oil Jetty project which involves mass
product movement on Lake Victoria using barges & vessels to the markets in Uganda, Tanzania and
“To protect our infrastructure in the long term such as the jetty in Kisumu which is threatened by water
hyacinth through restricted access, we have been liaising with local farmers within Lake Victoria
catchment area, as well as with Kisumu County and national government to raise awareness on issues
of fertilizers washing into river systems that enable hyacinth growth,” said Carol Kiplagat, KPC’s Chief
In regard to its massive storage facilities, KPC is undertaking fugitive emission mitigations of methane
from its storage tanks through retrofitting of the fuel tanks, and installation of infra-red cameras on
pipeline infrastructure to detect emission or leaks and enable it undertake rapid repairs.