18 December 2018
NAIVASHA, Kenya: Oserian Development Company management has announced that, from January next year, they will begin a free school feeding programme and computer studies course for the 1,400 pupils enrolled at the institution. The feeding programme will provide each pupil with tea during break time and a high nutrition lunch.
Managing director, Neil Hellings (pictured), made the announcement at the flower farm’s 2018 Christmas party hosted for its employees and families in Naivasha. Administration Director Mary Kinyua said that providing tea and lunch is intended to take care of nutrition as part of a social responsibility programme and will be funded initially by Fairtrade Foundation. Ms Kinyua states that the objective of the feeding programme is to contribute to a healthy population, in line with the national government Big 4 Agenda, Health Pillar. “The lunch is a highly nutritious pack, our contribution to growing a healthy community”, she added.
In addition to the feeding pack, Oserian is introducing a computer laboratory at the school, installing 80 computers to help impart information technology skills at the school. These computers will be funded by Ahold Foundation, UK.
Established in the late 1960s by the Zwager family, Oserian is the largest flower farm on the shores of Lake Naivasha. The company grows 225 ha of fresh cut flowers of which 160 ha roses, 40 ha carnations and 25 ha filler flowers.