Supporting Playtime

Parents play an important role in the development of their children. The Crèche staff at Frigoken
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Supporting Playtime

Parents play an important role in the development of their children. The Crèche staff at Frigoken Limited (FKL) continually organize parental sessions to impart early childhood development (ECD) knowledge and skills to parents. With the focus – Importance of playtime to a child’s development – the staff at FKL organized an interactive session for the parents to learn to develop learning aids that are safe, durable, age appropriate and engaging for the children. These were made by using easily available materials such as old calendars, bottle tops and unused fabrics.

Preparing Staff for Retirement


Wire Products Limited (WPL) has been in existence for almost 50 years with employees proceeding on retirement
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Preparing Staff for Retirement

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Wire Products Limited (WPL) has been in existence for almost 50 years with employees proceeding on retirement on a regular basis. The management ensures that retirement planning initiatives for all employees past a certain age commenced. Initiatives to date include:

• Personal Financial awareness seminars to train staff on managing their personal financial savings at all times, emphasising on managing retirement benefits.

• Supporting visits to former WPL employees who retired and have successfully established   their own income generating projects

• Sponsoring visits to the Kenya Agriculture Research Institute (KARI) during field days. This has enabled employees observe good agricultural practices (GAP) as well as identify farming inputs that would enhance returns on yield and breeds.

WPL is now exploring the possibility of engaging partners to train employees on GAP and reinforce practices seen during the field days.

 

AKDN Wellness Symposium

Representatives from the various Aga Khan Development Agencies across East and West Africa
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AKDN Wellness Symposium

Representatives from the various Aga Khan Development (AKDN) agencies across East and West Africa came together during the AKDN Workplace Wellness Regional workshop held in Dar – es- Salam, Tanzania. The workshop provided an avenue to share best practices and lessons learnt as well as to discuss challenges experienced in the implementation of wellness programmes at the different agencies.

 

Supporting Local Schools


Allpack Industries Ltd. has been working closely with their ‘adopted’ schools: St. Augustine Mlolongo Secondary School
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Supporting Local Schools

Allpack Industries Ltd. has been working closely with their ‘adopted’ schools: St. Augustine Mlolongo Secondary and Mlolongo Primary School. With the help of the school community Allpack has planted 2,130 trees within the school compound and over 300 students participated in an eye screening camorganized by Allpack.. In the second half of the year 2014, Allpack’s continued commitment to supporting these schools was by undertaking the following activities.

 

  •  Allpack employees sourced books from Kenya School Equipment to update and increase resources available to the students & teachers. The employees participated in the school’s Prize Day and presented the books during the event.
  • When visiting the school in 2013, Allpack employees often found students sitting on the floor in the multipurpose hall. As a result, they gave the school 20 benches, which are mobile and can be used in various ways around the school.
  • The advantages of engaging youth in sports are tremendous and Allpack saw that the schools were making great efforts in this regard. In order to support this initiative, Allpack provided both the boy’s and girl’s sports teams with kits to be used for both internal and external tournaments and matches.
  • Allpack in partnership with Shalom Community Hospital organized a free medical check up for the community in Mlolongo area where access to health care is a challenge. Five hundred students were checked for various ailments and those who required prompt treatment were given treatment on the same day.

Tomato Trail Book

Premier Food Industries Ltd. (PFIL) partnered with Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa,

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Tomato Trail Book

Premier Food Industries Ltd. (PFIL) partnered with Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, to develop a book on how Tomato Ketchup is made for students aged 5 to 6 years. The book is not just a story book; apart from reading skills, it aims to assist students develop their critical thinking as well as inquiry skills with an opportunity for Q&A throughout the book. The story highlights an animated character following the ‘farm to fork’ trail and incorporates photos of the PFIL processing unit as well as PFIL’s tomato sauce products in the factory and on supermarket shelves. The book was initially developed for teachers using the IB curriculum; however, trials are underway to potentially use the book in schools with other curriculums having a wider geographic reach. This is a creative example of how we can contribute to the development of educational material by using IPS project companies as case studies so that students can learn from real life everyday examples.

 

Community Outreach in the West Nile

For successful community initiatives, strategic partnerships are often key
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Community Outreach in the West Nile

For successful community initiatives, strategic patnerships are often key. This was successfully demonstrated through a medical camp at Nyapea Hospital, West Nile, conducted by the West Nile Rural Electrification Company Ltd.(WENRECO), Kampala Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. (KPI),  the local Health Service Providers and the Media. The camp included: registering patients with the local health care facility, measuring blood pressure, HIV testing and counselling, medical consultations, sensitization on various health issues and dispensing of medical drugs.

 

KPI ensured that the required medications were available at no cost to the community. Over 700 people attended the camp, with medical consultations running from 8am to 9pm. In fact the medical team graciously volunteered to continue with screening and treatment the following day, at no cost, as the number of people was overwhelming for a one day camp. The event was covered by the local media, namely Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Monitor Publication and New Vision. They were all very active in publicising the event a few days prior, which greatly assisted with community mobilization by creating widespread awareness, as well as acted as trustworthy source for the people.

 

Engaging local health care providers for this initiative has shown various benefits. The medical officers involved were well versed with the health issues that affect the community and are able to target them directly. Using the local hospital and registering the community members under it promotes long term care and effective referral and follow up.

Sondeka Festival


The Sondeka Festival, held at the Ngong Race course describes itself as a ‘create festival’ – inspiring creativity in technology, fashion, visual art, music, dance
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Sondeka Festival

The Sondeka Festival, held at the Ngong Race course describes itself as a ‘create festival’ – inspiring creativity in technology, fashion, visual art, music, dance, beauty and much more. In all these areas, they promote recycling and reusing ordinary, locally available materials that often get thrown away. Alltex EPZ Ltd., Frigoken Ltd. (FKL), Premier Food Industries Ltd. (PFIL) and Wire Products Ltd. (WPL) all participated by providing the festival with waste from their production.

 

Tippy Tap


The Tippy Tap is a hygienic hand-washing device, made out of locally available and low cost materials and is used across  the world
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Tippy Tap

The Tippy Tap – A creative innovation that makes hand washing fun!

The Tippy Tap is a hygienic hand-washing device, made out of locally available and low cost materials and is used across the world. There are different variations to making this tap, depending on materials available. The simple concept entails using of a jerry can, which is hung on a piece of wood that is placed across two vertical poles or pieces of wood. The jerry can is then strung onto a wooden plank attached on the ground, which is placed at an angle, so once stepped on , it pulls the jerry can down, releasing water. This means that you do not need to touch any part of the tippy tap with your hands, making it very hygienic, and you control the water flow through the pedal, making it very water efficient. Considering the basic structure it enables the recycling of waste items, making it good for the environment as well. Farmers Choice already has a tippy tap in place at their permaculture site. Frigoken also followed suit and made one on their factory premises. Both companies made these hand washing stations out of their waste. Frigoken now plans to set up tippy taps at all their collection centres and adopted schools in addition to actively promoting the behaviour of hand washing. For more information: http://www.tippytap.org .

As a best practice in the region, LIU has been visited by senior faculty from Makerere University and officials from the Uganda Cleaner Production Center. Recently LIU was recognized nationally, featuring in the New Vision Newspaper (03/05/13) and is considered a ‘friend to Uganda’s Wetlands and Lake Victoria’. The link to the article is: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/642302-jinja-tannery-makes-difference-in-recycling-waste.html

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