Nestlé donates Ksh1 million to support Ngomeni water project

To Press Releases listNairobi,May 22, 2011

Nestlé Equatorial Africa Region, EAR, has donated Ksh1 million to support a water project in Ngomeni. The donation was made to the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation and received by the Foundation’s patron H.E. Vice President   Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka.

Speaking after presenting the cheque to Mr. Musyoka, the Regional Head for Nestlé Equatorial Africa Region, Pierre Trouilhat said the donation was part of the Nestlé's commitment to the development of rural communities through its Creating Shared Value business principle.

“Creating Shared Value is a fundamental part of Nestlé's way of doing business that focuses on specific areas of the Company's core business activities – namely water, nutrition, and rural development. These activities are core to our business strategy and vital to the welfare of the people in the countries where we operate,” said Mr. Trouilhat.

Mr Peter Muthoka, Chairman of Nestlé Kenya Ltd, commented: “We know that it’s expensive to construct and maintain a water dam but we hope Nestlé’s contribution will boost the on-going water project in the area and go a long way in easing the water problem faced by the people of Ngomeni.”

Thanking Nestlé, the Vice President said the donation will boost the Foundation’s effort to assist communities harness reliable water sources for domestic and agricultural use. He said Nestlé’s support to develop water resources in the area will go a long way in taming the spread of water borne diseases and improve food security in the area. 

“We are grateful to Nestlé for the donation which will go a long way in alleviating water problem in Ngomeni. This donation couldn’t have come at a much better time when many parts of Eastern and North Eastern Provinces are facing a cute water shortage,” Mr. Musyoka said.

He added: “Inaccessibility to clean water resources is a global problem. This problem persists in Kenya due to perennial droughts and that’s why a comprehensive public-private is required to tackle the problem.”

About 80% of all illnesses result directly from waterborne pathogens. Close to five million people, most of them children die each year from diarrhea whose primary cause is contaminated drinking water and 2.5 billion incidents of illness are caused by contaminated water every year. 

The Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation has run several water intervention projects in arid and semi-arid areas across the country and aims at constructing 500 dams and drilling 500 boreholes. The Vice President said the Foundation is in the process of mobilizing all interested parties in initiating water intervention initiatives geared at helping Kenyans have enough food and water for use. 

“It is in such light that we have invited like-minded organizations like Nestlé and even individuals to join us at improving water situation in Kenya,” Mr. Musyoka said.

As well as managing water consumption in its operations and supply chain, Nestlé increasingly contributes to sustainable community water management schemes. As a global company, Nestlé work with several organizations in various countries to bring safe drinking water to several communities.

About Nestlé EAR

Nestlé Equatorial African Region is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s largest nutrition, health and wellness company, with sales of over CHF100 billion in 2010. Nestlé EAR was set up in April 2008 and oversees the Nestlé operations in 20 countries: Kenya, Angola, Burundi, Comoros, DRC, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, RC, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

About The Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation

The Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation is a non – partisan, non-profit making organization funded by partners and well-wishers. It is run by a board of management, which oversees an executive management team charged with the day-to-day activities of the Foundation. The Foundation, activities and accounts are audited annually by a reputable audit firm.

The Foundation is an organization dedicated to the improvements of quality of life for all, alleviation of poverty, provision of healthcare and promotion of justice, peace, cultural values, human rights and democracy.

The Foundation aims at developing strategic alliances and partnerships while fostering community engagements to not only identify needy areas of assistance but also pool adequate resources for the implementation of various programmes.