Having travelled to Kenya last week, five colleagues selected from across the SCC business, are taking part in the Challenge Africa project, a core element of SCC’s ongoing social outreach programme.
Staff from SCC have flown to Kenya to help complete the first phase of a major regeneration project at Shikadabu Primary School in a rural area close to Mombasa.
Responding to the school’s appeal for improved security to prevent the theft of materials and resources from its underfunded premises, the SCC team will be put straight to work – participating in the construction of a 600 metre fence to protect the campus, planting fruit trees within the complex, and painting classroom walls.
Jetting off with an action-packed itinerary planned alongside our partners co2balance, the team will gain a greater understanding of the needs of the people living in Kenya while experiencing the local culture and meeting those whose lives have been improved by SCC’s efforts.
In what is sure to be a memorable trip, SCC colleagues are set to learn to cook chapatis with local families using one of the SCC funded energy efficient stoves and will be treated to a performance from schoolchildren at the Shikadabu Primary School. Before flying back to the UK, the team hopes to visit a mango reforestation project and will round off the trip with a safari to observe some of the world’s most iconic animals.
Having invited applications from staff in all areas of the business, competition was high. The selection committee was faced with a very difficult task however after much deliberation, chosen for the worthwhile trip was Vicki Lovell, member of City Sales team; Daniel Watts of the Group Support Services, and colleagues Laura Mcinteggart, Rizwan Ibrahim and Stewart Crow of the Services team.
SCC has been working closely with environmental aid experts co2balance to promote its Energy Efficient Stove Project in Kenya as part of their Carbon Offset Programme.
The project, which replaces families’ open fire cooking ranges with more environmentally friendly, cost-effective stoves, is already estimated to have prevented a total of 2,778 tonnes of CO2 being emitted, saving some 2,238 tonnes of firewood and 6.95 hectares of woodland in the process.
The project provides strong community benefits, and SCC’s offsetting work in 2013 means that they have positively impacted a total of 4,630 people in Kenya to date.
Keen to mark the progress of the trip, provide an account of their work and share experiences with colleagues back in the UK, the SCC team will keep video diaries and take photos while in Kenya, which will be duly shared once they return.