The luncheon was an opportunity to recognize the students and motivate those moving on to University as well as those deciding to join Tertiary Institutions or start their own businesses. During the luncheon, Mr. Ng’entu Njeru, MD for Nestlé Kenya and Kamau Kuria, MD for Coffee Management Services (CMS) shared inspiring words of encouragement to the students. This was supported with discussions from a motivational speaker on the ‘power of a dream.’ In the afternoon, the students participated in interactive exercises where five Nestlé employees were present to mentor the students during small breakout sessions.
The Coffee Aroma Scholarship unveiled in 2016 under the Nescafé Plan, is a Scholarship program aimed at providing High School education funding to brilliant and deserving children from coffee growing areas of Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu, Tharaka Nithi Nyeri and Kirinyaga Counties in Kenya.
Through our partnership with Coffee Management Services (CMS), coffee farmers under the Nescafé Plan initiative, have had the assurance that their children will receive the best education irrespective of their parents’ circumstances.
In the last four years, Nestlé and CMS have walked the journey with the students throughout their high school experiences. The students have received regular follow up with coaching to ensure they get the best from the scholarship opportunity. A few of the regular follow ups have included annual motivation and mentorship workshops where Nestlé employees have volunteered and mentored the students. In addition, the workshops have offered a platform of listening to success stories from the students, understanding the challenges they face and helping them via experience sharing from Nestlé employees.
Our partners CMS, have been very instrumental in the day to day follow up of the students to ensure they do not miss school for reasons such as lack of uniform, failure to pay for meals etc. and constantly talking to the students and supporting them emotionally.
The Coffee Aroma Scholarship has benefitted 32 students in this initiative. There are 18 more students completing their last year of High School in 2020 and Nestlé plans to host another exciting mentorship and motivational workshop for them.