In 2008, Kenya Power presented a cheque of Shs. 3 million to the then Minister for Education, Hon. Prof. Sam Ongeri, to go towards the implementation of two projects. The first of these projects saw the Company partner with the Ministry of Education through the World Food Programme to support a school feeding programme valued at Sh. 1 million which benefitted 10 schools in the semi-arid areas of the country. The other project was a water harvesting project valued at Shs. 2 million that the Company supported through its partnership with the Ministry of Education and which benefitted 20 schools in the arid areas. This partnership also oversaw the construction of a library at Star of Hope Primary School at a cost of Shs. 500,000. The school is located at Mukuru Viwandani.
In the same year, the Company increased its endowment fund to the Starehe Boys' Centre from Shs. 480,000 to Shs. 2.2 million so as to meet the school fees requirements of four students per year. Kenya Power also donated Shs. 260,000 towards the school fees and upkeep of four needy girls at the Starehe Girls' Centre.
With the education of thousands of pupils threatened by drought in 2009, Kenya Power donated Shs. 2.4 million to continue its support of the school feeding programmes in primary schools situated in arid areas. This was done through a programme administered by the MInistry of Education and the World Food Programme.
In 2009, Kenya Power was also involved in other development projects like the construction of sanitary facilities in Yuya Mixed Secondary School in Trans Nzoia District at a cost of Shs. 770,000; and the construction, furnishing, and stocking of a library at Star of Hope Primary School in Mukuru slums of Nairobi at Shs. 1.6 million. KPLC also donated Shs. 500,000 towards the upkeep of Materi Girls' School in Meru.
The Company in 2009 continued its support of needy girls at the Starehe Girls' Centre by donating Shs. 2 million towards the institution's endowment progamme.
This year, Kenya Power has so far spent Shs. 9 million to enhance education and keep deserving children, across the board, in school. Some of those who have benefited so far in 2010 include:
- 12 Form One girls from Maasai Girls Secondary School in Narok District, whose school fees and upkeep for their entire secondary education has been met by Kenya Power at a cost of Shs. 1,080,000.
- 440 girls from nine schools in Kabarnet who received sanitary pads for one year, at a cost of Shs. 792,000. The schools that benefited were: Chesongo, Salawa, Kipsoit, Kakwane, Kaptara, Eron, Kapyemit, Magonoi, and Kimoso Primary Schools.
- Kenya Power also partnered with ActionAid to support a school feeding programme at Hara Primary School in Ijaara at a cost of Shs.3 million and a water harvesting programme for fifteen primary schools spread out in Eastern, Nairobi and Nyanza Provinces at a cost of Shs. 3, 019,250.
Education for those with special needs
In 2009, the Company dealt with various needs including those of three primary schools that have special units for pupils with different disabilities. Parklands Primary School Cerebral Palsy Unit received Shs. 1,582,000 for the construction of an ablution facility. The Special Unit of Mahiakalo Primary School in Kakamega which admits deaf , dumb, and mentally challenged pupils, received Shs. 500,000 for the construction of a sanitary facility, while Kibirigwi Primary School's Special Unit also received Shs. 500,000 for the construction of a classroom.
This year, Kisii Special School for the mentally challenged has benefitted too, and is in the process of constructing a Kenya Power funded classroom for autistic children at a cost of Shs.1.4 million.