The KGWE Community Development Programme was set up in early 2012 for the purposes of channeling support to community projects in the villages neighbouring the Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate, namely Kwa Ugoro, Migandini, Maroroni and Samaria.
As the Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate continues to develop it is intended that the KGWE Community Development Programme should provide a mechanism for residents, golf club members and other parties to support the social and economic development of the neighbouring communities to ensure that they also share in the success of the Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate project.
In 2011 the developers conducted an intensive survey to establish what the greatest needs were in the neighbouring communities. It became evident that parents were worried about their teenagers remaining untrained and unemployed. Safeguarding their teenagers’ future and consequently their own was the major concern. The research showed that only 50% of the children that successfully completed their primary education were able to afford the fees or ‘contributions’ to go to secondary school.
Understanding and addressing this concern is considered key to providing effective and sustainable support to the villagers. The KGWE Community Development Programme has commenced a job training initiative through a direct student sponsorship scheme to assist motivated students to go to secondary and vocational training colleges to get a qualification and learn a skill in order to find a job. The Programme is committed to encouraging youth private sector activities through the provision of technical assistance and direct funding through the Meru Community Bank in Usa-River to selected individuals or groups to buy tools or to start a business.
As the Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate develops, a student sponsorship fund will be created by deducting approximately 5% of the annual estate residents’ fees to substantially increase the number of students to be sponsored. In addition to this KGWE will conduct fundraisers through Kiligolf tournaments to contribute to this educational fund. Calculations show that once KGWE is fully established the annual funds raised will enable more than 50% of the students requiring support to be fully sponsored to complete their secondary and vocational education.
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