The Family Group Foundation was established in October 2012 by an associated group of companies that include Family Bank Limited (FBL), Kenya Orient Insurance Limited and Daykio Plantations Limited (DPL).
Over the last 25 years, FBL, KOIL and DPL have benefited from the growth of the Kenyan economy in the finance, insurance and real estate sectors. But this growth has exposed the inequalities in our society leaving many families in the community poor and without access to resources that they need to support themselves. It became evident to the leadership of these institutions that an urgent response to the challenges was required.
In response, FBL, KOIL and DPL each separately engaged in a number CSR activities and in time found that this strategy of small and scattered interventions did not deliver the desired outcome. A review of this approach led to a recognition of the advantages to be had in acting corporately for the social good, and to the founding of The Family Group Foundation.
The foundation is focused on the expansion and restructuring of selective CSR activities previously ran by its founding sponsors, as well as the initiation of new interventions that are more responsive to the challenges impacting Kenyan families.
The Family Group Foundation Scholarship Program transforms the lives of bright students from poor families by steadily increasing their opportunities to join secondary school.
The Family Group Foundation Mentorship Program’s main purpose is to make scholars feel valued, understood, supported and respected – like family. To achieve this, we recruited mentors from Kenya Orient, Daykio Plantations Ltd and Family Bank. Needless to say, this selfless employees have been the backbone of our Scholarship and Mentorship program.
It is from seeing the impact of enhancing inclusive education among children with special needs that the Family Group Foundation expanded its wings to rally more partners; corporate and individual supporters, to join the noble cause of creating a conducive learning environment to autistic children across the country, one lace at a time.
The Foundation intends to plant 6,000 trees by the end of 2020. In line with this target, The Foundation undertook a tree planting project in collaboration with YALI to plant 1,050 trees at Baba Dogo Primary School on 17th July 2019. This is in line with driving the government’s initiative on afforestation.
The Family Group Foundation partnered with the Higher Education and Loans Board to support the The Afya Elimu Fund. This is a revolving tuition fund for students that are not able to pay the full tuition fees themselves. The loan interest rates of the Afya Elimu Fund are very favorable and stand at 4% per annum for pre-service training and 12% per annum for in-service training.
The Family Group Foundation has so far had 367 students who have successfully graduated from our scholarship program. They have completed their high school education and transitioned to institutions of higher learning both locally and abroad.