LTWP staff gets enhanced health cover

Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) has unveiled a new wellness programme for its staff.

The programme, in a partnership with Liaison Group, Response-Med, and the National Organisation of Peer Educators (NOPE), will focus on the nutritional and physical health as well as the emotional, social and organisational wellness of the renewable energy firm’s 350 staff.

This will see the integration of medical insurance, remote site medical support, and a comprehensive wellness programme for the staff based in Marsabit County and the East African region. The programme is an upgrade on the firm’s medical insurance, services and physical well-being programme put in place two years ago.

LTWP Chief Finance Officer Ashish Chadda said the wellness component of the programme is an upshot of a baseline survey conducted by NOPE that revealed an increasing need for companies to factor in the mental health of their employees.

“In order to deliver our mandate of providing reliable, low-cost energy to Kenya, we must prioritise our workforce by eliminating the old approach of cost centred, curative medical schemes and embrace preventative, health and safety programmes that improve the wellness of workers in diverse job sites,” said Mr Chadda.

The health insurance component of the programme includes a medical policy that will cover the parents of the members of staff in addition to the spouse and children.

This will be piloted by the Insurance services administrator – the Liaison Group.

Liaison Group Chief Executive Tom Mulwa said through the initiative, they expect to realise benefits on the overall wellbeing of the workforce.

About Liaison Group (https://www.liaisongroup.net/)

Founded in 1981, Liaison Group is an independent Pan African non-banking financial services Organization that has been at the forefront of Risk and Insurance, Healthcare, Pensions and investments  Advisory. Through a comprehensive suite of service offerings, Liaison Group is wholly and exclusively engaged in supporting its clients in building and maintaining robust risk management and internal control structures.

About Response-Med (https://response-med.com/)

Response-Med’s management team has over 50 years’ experience in providing services to multi-nationals operating remotely in East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Today we operate across the extractives, renewable energy, tourism and infrastructure development industries.

About National Organisation of Peer Educators (https://nope.or.ke/)

NOPE’s health and social programs target vulnerable and marginalized populations in Kenya and the East Africa region. Key programmatic areas include advocacy, strategic behavioral communication with a focus on peer-led approaches, MNCH etc.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to Kenya visits LTWP

The ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kenya, H.E. Amb. Maarten Brouwer, took a tour of Lake Turkana Wind Power, Kenya’s largest wind farm, during a visit to Northern Kenya.

H.E Amb. Brouwer noted that LTWP is a visionary project that should inspire more investment in similar developmental initiatives. “It is impressive and well organised, a show that Dutch entrepreneurship can help to stimulate development,” said H.E. Amb. Brouwer.

The delegation from the Dutch Embassy was shown around the wind farm by Chief Technical Officer, Wellington Otieno, and Winds of Change Foundation Chairman, Willem Dolleman.

Lake Turkana Wind Power was funded in part by Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO), a Dutch development bank, and the European Investment Bank, and remains to date the single largest private investment in Kenya.

During the tour, H.E. Amb. Brouwer held meetings with the members of the communities living around the wind farm, and was informed about the community support activities being undertaken by LTWP’s foundation, Winds of Change. The delegation also paid a visit to the Gatab borehole, a project by Winds of Change Foundation.

H.E. Amb. Brouwer commended Winds of Change Foundation for the impact that the foundation is having on the local community through projects that enhance employability through education, access to water and access to healthcare.

LTWP celebrates International Women’s Day 2021

This year, LTWP joined the world in celebrating International Women’s Day by recognizing the women who choose to challenge the status quo by calling out gender bias and inequality, and providing additional tools for social, economic, cultural and political achievement.

Celebrations began on 5th March with a talk by HR Specialist, Lucy Woldu, who spoke to LTWP staff underscoring that empowering women is not about limiting men’s freedoms, but rather growing women’s capacity to contribute to society; after all, women make up nearly 50% of the population, and should be recognized and treated as vital to its success.

On Saturday 6th March, the women from LTWP’s Nairobi office were led through a walk and workshop at the Ngong Forest Sanctuary by Ingrid Kruiter, founder of and life coach at Open Hearth Coaching. The illuminating workshop was centered on Overcoming Limiting Beliefs.

To crown it all, on 8th March, LTWP held a virtual celebration with two speakers. Response-Med’s on-site Medic Eunice Kerubo, delivered a health talk that illustrated the importance of healthy women to a healthy society. Nthenya Macharia, a celebrated Image Consultant and Etiquette Master then gave a powerful talk on Personal Branding.

The day’s highlight was a jig by the LTWP ladies at both Marsabit and Nairobi offices.

Winds of Change Foundation hands over staff quarters and ablution block to Farakoren Primary School

The 10 staff members at Farakoren Primary School in Laisamis were, on Saturday 6th March, glad to receive the new staff quarters and ablution blocks built by Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) through the Winds of Change Foundation (WoC).

Speaking during the handing over, Lake Turkana Wind Power Site Manager, Henk Bosman, underscored the vital role that teachers play in communities, stating that he owes his success to his teachers. “Teachers are among the most important members of our community. They give children purpose, set them up for success as citizens of our world, and inspire in them a drive to do well and succeed in life. I’m also not an exception. I am a result of a teacher who patiently taught me what I needed to know.”

Sub-County Director of Education, Mamo Godana, echoed the sentiments shared by Farakoren Primary School Headteacher, Charles Lamatango, by thanking LTWP and WoC. He went on to urge the community to work together for the betterment of the community, especially school-aged children by allowing them to attend school.

Representing the views of the 240 pupils at the school, Farakoren Primary School’s Class 8 presented a moving song and dance that requested their parents to let them finish school and shun early marriage.