Base Titanium Mining Company will sponsor 200 needy students who will be joining Form One in January next year from Kwale and Mombasa Counties.
This is in addition to the 1,012 already benefitting under the firm’s scholarship programme as part of its continued efforts to support education in the two regions, according to the company’s Community Life Skills Superintendent Mr. Juma Lumumba.
The company which currently runs one of the largest mining operations in the country in Maumba-Nguluku area of Kwale, also sponsors another 712 university and middle level college students.
Beneficiaries of the bursaries in Mombasa are specifically from Likoni Sub-county where the company’s port facility is located.
Mr. Lumumba described the education programmes as a key resource and contributor to Kenya’s socio-economic development and more specifically a key enabler that is critical to the success of the Presidential Big Four Agenda.
“We believe that our community programmes have a positive impact in realizing Kenya’s national goals including Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda,” he said.
He disclosed that to date, Base Titanium has invested over Sh1.5 billion in different community programmes that continue to transform the community while contributing to national goals including the two key development blue prints.
Mr. Lumumba added that in the Big Four Agenda, human resource enterprise will be a key enabler in the success of the different pillars such as manufacturing, universal healthcare, food security and affordable housing.
He added that the students in the different tertiary institutions study different fields that have a direct link with the Big Four Agenda.
Some of the courses include medicine, law, engineering and nursing.
“Already we are seeing students who have completed college coming to work in the community health institutions which is a big boost for universal health care,” said Lumumba.
The scholarships will now have over 1,900 students, which is a big boost to Kwale where the county government also runs one of the most successful bursary funds that benefits thousands of needy students.
Mr. Lumumba urged all students in need of the bursaries to submit their applications to the company by December 5.
By James Muchai