This morning, the Kenyan cut-flower industry warmed the hearts of patients at the Kenyatta National Hospital with flowers. Kenya Flower Council (KFC), ensured that these patients did not miss the traditional Valentine's Day gift as 28 KFC member farms donated flowers. "We want to say it at home that there is "hope in the days ahead" to our patients - not just on Valentine's Day, but every day of the year", says Clement Tulezi, CEO of KFC.
This morning, Tulezi and his team went to the Kenyatta National Hospital to hand out the flowers. "It was such an experience to see patients appreciate the love and care demonstrated by us handing over a bouquet of flowers. Some have been at the hospital for over 6 years. Many have even been forgotten by their kin. And definitely not expecting any gift this Valentine's. You could see in their eyes how they are moved by this simple gesture."
"KFC is proud to be associated with taking care of our community on behalf of all its members and the flower industry. It's part of our sustainability initiatives. We were informed that this was a fist at Kenyatta National Hospital"
Flower industry - important to the community
Of every 100 flowers traversing the globe, 7 will be from Kenya - the fourth-largest cut-flowers producer in the world, behind the Netherlands, Colombia and Ecuador. In Europe, that figure goes up: 4 in every 10 cut flowers are from Kenya.
Cut flowers earned Kenya KES, 113 Billion in 2018 a 38 cent increase compared to 2017. In addition to being among Kenya's highest contributors to foreign exchange, the floriculture industry employs over 150,000 of which more than half women, and overall creates employment for more than a million people indirectly and impacting in excess of 6 million lives.