We owe it to the beautiful country and peoples of Kenya that Aquila Flowers produces some of the finest roses anywhere in the world. We are proud of our African and Kenyan heritage and in return, we like to give back, in our humble ways that benefit the communities within our location and reach.
Activities through the Amrit Foundation
Medical Camps: In conjunction with Divinity Foundation regular medical camps are organized for free community and our workers.
Mercy Care Outreach: Is a program in the area, which looks after more than 50 children from the community who are mostly victims of HIV aids. The Company in conjunction with Amrit Foundation is supplying daily groceries supplies and is providing for their rent. This year further support in schoolbags, schoolbooks have been extended. In addition, the facility has been upgraded with be the introduction of a library, dormitories for both boys and girls, a cooking/kitchen facility and a dining area. The facility has also been given a face-lift with paint and planting of some plants and flowers.
Internship Sponsor: The Company through Amrit Foundation has sponsored an individual from Mercy care to attend a technical collage for motor mechanics and driving course for a period six month. Upon qualifying the student will be employed by the Company.
Sanitary Towels: The Company through Amrit Foundation has committed/scheduled to distribute sanitary towels to girls in both Ndabibi Primary and Secondary schools on several occasions this year. This will be an on going activity.
Water to the community: The Aquila Farm management continues to support the local community access to clean water through the two water boreholes in the area (Kibururi and Shamba boy).
Community School: Management continues to find a way forward to build a primary school in conjunction with Amrit Foundation and the Community in the area.
The Company through the Fairtrade Certification framework has empowered its workers such that they have formed their own body/group that is governed by Fairtrade policy.
This body is known as Aquila Bidii Self Help group (AB). Since December 2015 to March 2019 the joint body has undertaken the following projects, under the following categories:
- Capacity Building
- In-kind Item Project
- Community Project
- Vegetable Farming
- Welfare Bus
The Aquila bidi SHG managed to undertake to provide furniture to 5 neighboring schools and 1 children’s home. They will be donated as follows: 60 laptop tables to Ndabibi Primary school, 160 ordinary desks to Ndabibi Central Primary school, 80 lockers and chairs to Emmanuel Primary school, 100 lockers and chairs to Ndabibi Secondary School, 32 mordern desks and 15 teachers lockers to Ndabibi Primary School.
The Aquila bidi SHG is on the process of revamping 2 water boreholes that were Identified in the last meeting with area MCA and chief.
Fairtrade Premium Committee (FPC) training: Several trainings have been conducted for all the workers and the AB FPC both internally and externally. The trainings have been focused on the management and utilization of Fairtrade Premium funds, which are paid by customers that buy flowers under the Fairtrade label.
Uplift of the day care facility: The project has improved the conditions of the day care facility by creating knowledge base for the young children and allowing working mothers to work freely. Recently a qualified baby caretaker was recruited to ensure professional care is offered to the children.
Driving School: This project will increase and sharpen the skills of those that participate in the activity and help nurture alternative source of income and empowerment of opportunities. Through this program 77 employees were trained and obtained their driving licences.
Hair dressing and Tailoring training: This project will increase and sharpen the skills of those that participate in the activity and help nurture alternative source of income and empowerment of opportunities. Through this program 48 employees were trained tailoring and 15 employees on tailoring and obtained their certificates.
The objective of this project is to improve workers living standards. Through this program all workers were issued with shopping vouchers in December 2018 to purchase non-consumable items of their choice.
The Aquila bidi SHG managed to undertake to provide furniture to 5 neighboring schools and 1 children’s home. They will be donated as follows: 60 laptop tables to Ndabibi Primary school, 160 ordinary desks to Ndabibi Central Primary school, 80 lockers and chairs to Emmanuel Primary school, 100 lockers and chairs to Ndabibi Secondary School, 32 modern desks and 15 teachers lockers to Ndabibi Primary School.
The Aquila bidi SHG is on the process of revamping 2 water boreholes that were identified in the last meeting with area MCA and chief.
In collaboration with Aquila Farm, Aquila bidi SHG has embarked in Vegetable farming of different crops such as Spinach, Garlic, African night shade, Cow peas. Aquila Farm is providing land and irrigation. The produce will be supplied to the disadvantaged groups like persons living with HIV. Aquila Farm will be compensated at subsidized rates as part of its CSR.
A bus has been purchased and it’s on final touch stages before being being delivered at the farm. The bus will be used for employee welfare activities eg Sports, funeral attendance etc. free of charge. It will also be available for hire to earn Aquila bidi SHG some income for long term self-sustainability.
JOIN OUR CSR PROJECTS -THE AMRIT FOUNDATION
You are welcome to join our noble cause in giving back to the society that we live in. Please contact us for more details on how you can participate through the Amrit Foundation.