Kenya Pipeline Company’s (KPC) Inuka scholarship programme that benefits physically challenged students from poor backgrounds has been praised by MPs as one of Kenya’s best transformative initiatives.
Speaking after visiting the KPC stand at the just concluded Mombasa ASK Show, legislators comprising the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Livestock led by their Ag Chair Hon Daniel Tuitoek were very impressed with what KPC was doing on the CSR front empowering the weaker sections of society.
‘’We are happy to know that KPC has embarked on this noble initiative of empowering physically challenged learners to enable them exploit their full potential and achieve their career dreams,’’ said Tuitoek who is also the MP for Mogotio.
His sentiments were echoed by Turbo MP Hon. Janet Sitienei who added that giving physically challenged learners financial support would enhance learning inclusivity in the society as parents would be encouraged to let their children study.
The Inuka scholarship program, initiated in 2017 and now in its second year, has benefitted dozens of learners from all the 47 counties in Kenya.
“The Inuka initiative has already benefitted 188 disabled students in various secondary schools across Kenya, having absorbed a new set of 94 students who joined Form 1 this year, while concurrently supporting the first batch of 94 students presently in Form 2,” Bernice Lemedeket, KPC Foundation Manager told Kenpipe News.
“We work in conjunction with the National Council for Persons With Disability (NCPWD) – a government agency that supports PWDs – to select two physically challenged students (boy and girl) in each of the 47 counties who score the highest marks in their respective counties after sitting the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams,” Ms Lemedeket explained terming Inuka Scholarships as a game changer in Kenya’s Education Sector.
So far, KPC has set aside Kshs 28 million for this scheme whose numbers are expected to rise in the coming years.
In other news, KPC had more to celebrate in Mombasa show as it scooped the first prize in the best stand demonstrating the application of environmental quality standards category in Mombasa. This year’s show circuit performance has been stellar with the following wins:
•1st Best Non-Agricultural Based Statutory Body Stand (Nakuru ASK show)
•1st Best Organization in Community Projects (Kisumu ASK show).
•1st Best Stand that Promotes National Cohesion and Integration Development. (Eldoret ASK show)
• 1st Best Organization in Community Projects (Eldoret ASK show)
• 1st Best Large Non-Agricultural Based Statutory Body (Eldoret ASK show)