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Gruppo Montenegro support to local communities in Kenya

Gruppo Montenegro is aware of the difficulties that some of the local communities around the world have to face in their everyday life, especially in some areas which are less developed. For this reason, Gruppo Montenegro is committed to support those local communities with the aim of improving their wellbeing and life quality, having a positive impact on their growth, sustenance and social services.

The collaboration with Roger Clarke and its local social support activities

From 2017 onwards Gruppo Montenegro started a new collaboration path to develop several local activities with a concrete social impact for local communities in Africa, partnering with Roger Clarke and his team.

Roger Clarke collaborated many years with Gruppo Montenegro as a partner for the provision of spices from Africa for Cannamela brand. After many years in the business, he decided to settle down in Kenya and dedicate his time and efforts for social initiatives on the ground.

Relying on the long-lasting trust relationship with Roger, Gruppo Montenegro decided to support his social activities by financing various projects in Kenya, mainly addressed to children and schools. In his activity, he is helped by Elisa Cirone, also based on the ground and actively working on the projects funded by Gruppo Montenegro, in Kenya, monitoring the progress of all projects and proposing new ones to respond to the needs of local communities.

In particular, since 2017 Gruppo Montenegro supported Roger to implement several facilities’ improvements for 4 different schools in Obanga, Ogongo, Pe-Hill and Tido, small villages near the Victoria Lake. Thanks to this, these schools managed to become self-sufficient to satisfy drinkable water and food needs through farm programs, water tanks installation and much more. Furthermore, the schools’ facilities received structural improvements, furniture, equipments and new services like a library.

Social projects funded by Gruppo Montenegro to date

Cannamela Agricultural Activity programme

 

Ogongo School

It became almost self-sustainable within its agricultural area thanks to the donation of a water tank, used to feed the greenhouse, and has a padlock on the tap to preserve the water they have.

Obanga School

With this program, pupils and teachers received pineapples, sugar, milk, rice, corn grits, tea, salt and cooking oil.

Pe-Hill School

The funds were used to provide a security fence around the farm, to keep out wandering wild animals. Also, a new “tree nursery” was started to help sensitize pupils on deforestation issues.

Water projects to support the schools in their need for an adequate drinkable water supply

This was a 2-year program, where in the first phase each school was made able to access a water supply on a regular basis and in the second year a water purification system was installed to provide clean drinkable water. At the end of this project each school had access to sufficient water for the entire year.

 

Ogongo School

An old water tank, which had not been used for more than 5 years, was refurbished in order to have a large water tank that could be filled when electric power was available.

Obanga School

Pipes have been repaired and taps have been added along its route to satisfy local community water needs. In addition, a 10,000-liter tank has been installed that is filled twice a day for local consumption needs.

Pe-Hill School

Gruppo Montenegro, along with other private donors, organized the drilling of a new hole for a water well, which was completed in late 2018.

 

Ogongo School

The rainwater tank was repaired. It was built a new concrete base to hold two 10,000 litre tanks fed by the construction of new guttering. The whole year was also dedicated to implementing the water filtration system.

Pe-hill School

A new artesian well was drilled. A building was rebuilt in order to house a rooftop water tank to provide water for farm irrigation.

Tido School

From 2019 also this primary school was supported by Gruppo Montenegro funds. As first activity, a new facility was built to provide adequate capacity of hygiene services.

 

Ogongo School

After a few years of funded support, Ogongo School became finally self-sufficient. The school farm is very profitable and the water filtration works very well.

Obanga School

In January, Gruppo Montenegro donated more funds for bunk beds and water tanks and to refurbish the old small girls’ dormitory into a school reading room and library.

Pe-Hill School

The school was equipped with adequate buildings, more classrooms and dormitory space. They are the only school with a kitchen building and an assembly / dining hall. The school library was finished and the project for a water distribution system to connect the artesian well with the rainwater tanks was completed.

Tido School

Gruppo Montenegro funded a project to start growing trees and vegetables for both educational and sustenance. Furthermore works started to put a brick and stone base to the school assembly area and to provide desks and chairs. The school had a very limited supply of water and very inadequate kitchen, activities started to improve these two points.

 

Tido School

Gruppo Montenegro has decided to continue its investment in this school and build a new library for the school with suitable shelving and lighting. In the new building there will be also 2 small offices for the principal and the vice principal. The old library and the new building will have new rooves, allowing rainwater harvesting.