Recently, Florensis Kenya sponsored its long-term partner ‘Sarakasi’ in an initiative themed “Smiles for Change”, which was able to offer personal development training to over 3,000 children and young adults across 4 schools.
Over the last decade, Florensis Kenya has established a continuous partnership with local schools to ensure quality education for their pupils, most of whom are beneficiaries of employees working in Florensis and several other farms along Lake Naivasha. The farm aims to foster responsible citizens within the surrounding communities to increase viability and access to knowledge and opportunities among the youth. The organization hopes to do so by promoting socially and environmentally conscious citizens who will contribute towards sustainable development, in respect to the global sustainable development goal no. 4.
And "smiles for change" is a step towards accomplishing this goal.
Sarakasi Trust is a local organization based in Nairobi, Kenya and founded in 2001. This performing arts development organization aims to facilitate, support and promote arts and culture for social and economic development of society. Through personal experiences, counseling and support from the institution, their professional educators and entertainers have the goal to mentor other vulnerable youth into responsible adults.
During 5 days just before the school holidays, Sarakasi visited the local schools that Florensis is in partnership with, to help raise awareness on topics to live safer and more responsibly. In total, they reached 3,000 children and young adults, aged between 6 and 19.
Through sketches, comedy, and demonstrations the primary school pupils below 10 years were taught about topics like sexual abuse, personal talent and how to relate with different persons. Pupils over 10 years and the high school students went through classroom lectures, in addition to the aforementioned. They were trained on drug abuse, safe sex practices, talent growth and constructive use of leisure time.
All participants finalized with art and dance competitions where individual and group winners were awarded with learning and art materials.
Following our sustainability policy, Florensis wants to undertake initiatives aimed at 6 specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With supporting Smiles for Change, empowering children and young adults to live safer and more responsibly, Florensis Kenya is happy to have contributed to 2 of these goals: Good Health and Well-Being for People (SDG 3) and Quality Education (SDG 4).