Finlays sets to transform the community


Finlays Community Trust Chairman Bishop Alfred Rotich awards Patience Chepkorir and Dennis Kipngeno and among other 26 beneficiaries during award ceremony at Kericho Hotel. (PHOTO BY ALFAYO ISAAC)
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Worth Noting:

  • Simeon Hutchinson, Managing Director of James Finlay Kenya says the trust plays a significant role in touching the lives of the community through various programmes across the tea growing zones of Kericho and Bomet counties
  • The Finlay’s Community Trust is fully funded by James Finlay Kenya, an independent charity that aims at empowering communities in providing sustainable development for the long-term impact of the two counties.
  • “Before the launch of the Trust we had been offering full scholarship from 2010, so far we have supported 526 secondary students, 316 undergraduate students and 19 graduate students and now working with the trustee we are looking forward to increasing the number of beneficiaries annually, this will enable students to develop skills and fulfil their dreams of life,” Hutchinson said.

Finlay’s Community Trust has pledged to increase the number beneficiaries of needy students who will be joining secondary schools and universities come next year through a scholarship programme which aims at touching the lives of the vulnerable in Kericho and Bomet counties.

Finlays Community Trust scholarship beneficiaries pose for a photo Board of Trustee and Belgut Legislature Nelson Koech and other dignitaries who present. (PHOTO BY ALFAYO ISAAC)

Speaking during Trust University Scholarship Award 2021 which was held at Kericho hotel grounds, Bishop Alfred Rotich the Chair of Board of Trustees said the Trust has pledged to increase funding from shillings 12.3 million to 23.1 million annually that will target top scoring needy students from the community.

“Our core aim is to support academic giants who have proven their determination and hard work in academic achievement to realise their dreams as this will enhance the country’s growth and development,” Rotich said.

Rotich added that the 28 beneficiaries were awarded a laptop and shillings 150,000 each per year. The beneficiaries were selected from all eleven constituencies of Kericho and Bomet counties. They underwent through vigorous and transparent selection process where the panel majorly identified those with the best academic qualification and highly vulnerable.

He urged the learners to portray a great image of the Trust by upholding high morals standards, discipline and majorly academic achievements.

“I convey a message of congratulations to the beneficiaries, thank you for showing up for the process its a result of hard work ‘well done’, you’re indeed great persons in future, the nation has set their eyes on you and much is expected from you in regard to transformation and development of our region and beyond,” Rotich added.

Simeon Hutchinson, Managing Director of James Finlay Kenya says the trust plays a significant role in touching the lives of the community through various programmes across the tea growing zones of Kericho and Bomet counties

The Finlay’s Community Trust is fully funded by James Finlay Kenya, an independent charity that aims at empowering communities in providing sustainable development for the long-term impact of the two counties.

“Before the launch of the Trust we had been offering full scholarship from 2010, so far we have supported 526 secondary students, 316 undergraduate students and 19 graduate students and now working with the trustee we are looking forward to increasing the number of beneficiaries annually, this will enable students to develop skills and fulfil their dreams of life,” Hutchinson said.

Sammy Kirui Cooperate Affairs manager said beside the company offering scholarship programme it’s also committed to supporting the community through CSR activities such as funding water projects, building classrooms to ease learning in various schools and several other projects across the eleven constituencies.

“For the students, we have confidence in you, that you will make us proud through your studies more so giving back to the community after your studies by touching the hearts of the needy,” Kirui added.

He added that investing in the education sector is vital to the community which is an equalizer to all and that’s the key role of the Finlays Community Trust

In attendance Belgut legislature Nelson Koech applauded the Trust saying it has eased the plight of vulnerable families by ensuring their children gets a conducive environment for learning without fee payment difficulties.

“I appeal to various institutions to emulate what Finlays does, its exemplary act. As the legislatures of the nation, we are looking forward to increasing the Constituency Development Fund to allocate more funds to bursary to assist the bright students who are coming from vulnerable backgrounds” Koech added.

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