Since inception in 2002, the Palmhouse Foundation has sponsored over 700 deserving and needy students from all over the country. 15 years ago, Eric Kimani, the founder of Palmhouse Dairy established Palmhouse Foundation that has grown from a local Foundation into a national philanthropic entity. Together with his wife, Margaret Munene, they have managed to transform the lives of students who are now attending various universities both locally and internationally or working in various organizations.
The Foundation was established as a result of a need identified in his local community of Githunguri, where parents wanted to educate their children but could not raise enough money for school fees. Initially, the Dairy would help pay small amounts of money towards education but they soon realized that the idea was not sustainable, as the children ended up dropping out of school after a short period of time. The founders then sought to involve other partners to make the noble initiative long term.
The response was impressive and they managed to enroll 6 students out of 100 who had applied in the first year. The foundation has since grown in leaps and bounds and their annual enrollment now averages 60 students per year countrywide.
Apart from fee sponsorship, the students also go through mentorship program. The foundation’s goal is to have at least 90% of their sponsored students join University, a target they have achieved so far.
Galana Staff at Palmhouse
Galana Kenya Oil Limited has been sponsoring Palmhouse Foundation since 2008 and so far, the company has sponsored 52 students through the Foundation.
Here are some of the testimonies from some of the students who were touched by Galana.
“I consider myself extremely lucky to have been sponsored by Galana Oil Kenya Limited through the Palmhouse Foundation. I joined the Foundation in 2008 when I got enrolled at Alliance High School. The sponsorship came at a time when I was almost giving up in life. I was hopeless and my dreams were slowly becoming a mirage. My father, the sole breadwinner of our family was sick in hospital. However, my journey became bearable when I interacted with other students who were facing similar or worse situations during our annual meetings at the foundation. In addition, I was assigned a mentor from Galana Oil Kenya Ltd who helped me not only in academics but also in co-curricular activities. It is at the mentorship sessions that I got to interact with different people who were a great source of inspiration.
By the hand of God, I sat for my KCSE in 2011. Currently, I am in my final year of university pursuing a Bachelor in Economics at Moi University where I also volunteer as a peer counselor. I always put God first and my will to succeed has enabled me reach great heights.”
“The past four years have been great. This is because I managed to go through secondary school, which was a dream come true. I come from a humble background and my parents were unable to raise money for school fees. My dream was brought to realization when Palmhouse Foundation and Galana Oil Kenya Limited came to my rescue. I joined Kenya High School and sat for my KCSE in 2016. My hard work paid off and I am set to join the University of Nairobi in January 2018 to pursue Bachelor of Commerce. In the meantime, I am doing casual jobs to make ends meet.
My take home and advice to fellow students is that our past does not define our future. My interaction with different people including senior leaders in our society has taught me the value of positivity and commitment.”
“I am currently a student at Karatina University pursuing a Bachelor degree in environmental science.
Being a beneficiary of Palmhouse Foundation was one of my best experiences because I was moulded into the person I am today. I interacted with people from diverse backgrounds who mentored me and assured me that I am not alone in dealing with day to day challenges. I am forever indebted to Palmhouse Foundation and Galana Oil Kenya Limited.”