The staff of Total Kenya Limited have dug into their pockets and handbags to raise 450,000 shillings for the adoption of a house at the SOS Children’s Village in Buru Buru . A group of the staff accompanied by the Managing Director Anne-Solange Renouard visited the institution and presented a cheque worth Sh.450,000 and donations of clothes, toys, dry food stuff and books to support the initiative.
The cheque was received by Tom Were, the National Director of SOS Kenya, Fredrick Ochieng, the Director of SOS Buru Buru, Matthew Amere, the Fund Development and Communications Manager and Florence Waithera, the mother of House number nine.
Speaking on behalf of the staff, Irene Muinde, the Total Kenya Human Resources Manager said, “We are regular visitors to the SOS Villages with whom our company has a long standing partnership. Total Kenya is already supporting three other houses in the SOS villages in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.”
“The strong bond between Total Kenya and SOS is evidenced by our staff taking the initiative to raise money to adopt a separate house to compliment the Company’s actions. They also collected toys, books and clothes to be shared by all the SOS children. Clearly we are impressed with how SOS is creating a loving home for abandoned children and the impact the organization is having on the neighbouring communities and we are proud to play our part.”
Tom Were, the SOS National Director thanked Total Kenya warmly for their support. He said, “We are extremely grateful for the help received from your organisation for our three villages over the years. SOS relies on organisations like yours to care for the children and neighbouring communities. We particularly appreciate the role of Total staff in mentoring our children and we welcome them to visit more often and provide role models for the children in the houses that you have adopted and the Village.”
In Kenya, SOS operates Children’s Villages in Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Meru and Kisumu. In addition the organization runs kindergartens, primary schools, a secondary school, medical centres, a vocational training centre and community development programmes in different locations in the country.
The SOS Children’s Villages follow the organization’s vision of “A loving Home to Every Child”. Children admitted to these facilities are orphaned, abandoned or destitute. These orphaned and vulnerable children are referred to the institutions by children’s courts, government departments, police stations, credible community organizations, hospitals and members of the public.
Once admitted the children are put under the care of a qualified and trained “SOS mother” who provides for their emotional, psychological and nutritional needs. A typical SOS House will have ten children of varying ages who grow up as siblings. The house is located within a Village environment which provides children a sense of belonging to a community.