Naivasha – Asante Children’s Home is located a few kilometers from Naivasha Town in Nakuru County. The home has 22 children, from 8-18 years old, both boys and girls and was established in 2008. This was the venue for the 2019-2020 Corporate Social Sustainability (CSS) initiative.
KEPHIS through the Naivasha office donated a cow in calf for the children for their calcium and other health needs.
Mr. Moses Wakahara, the Crops Officer for Naivasha Sub-county urged the home to feed the cow with desmodium and lucerne for it to be well-nourished and maintained. “Our office is ready to cater to any disease that occurs and we will alert you when the next vaccinations are due,” he advised. “We are teaching farming as a business (agribusiness) so increase the number of cows here.” He added. Dr. Isaac Macharia, the KEPHIS GM Phytosanitary Services who represented the KEPHIS MD and was the chief guest gave an overview of the KEPHIS vision which is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce for economic growth and development. The mandate of the Corporation, he added, is seed certification, phytosanitary services and analyses of agricultural inputs and produce through globally accredited laboratories. KEPHIS mandate is felt in the exports of plant and plant produce which includes avocado, flowers, fruits and vegetables. KEPHIS also certifies nurseries of various crops. The Corporation’s phytosanitary role includes inspections at border points so that injurious pests and diseases are not introduced into the country.
The GMPS also taught the administrators of the home how to plant an avocado seedling before donating 20 seedlings which when mature will provide additional nutritional needs to the children as well as being an income-generating activity.