2016-07-31 – KILOMBERO SUGAR COMPANY: GIVING BACK, THROUGH KILOMBERO COMMUNITY CHARITABLE TRUST

Monday, 11 April 2016
Illovo Sugar Ltd

"IN 2003, employees of Kilombero Sugar Company (KSC) and Unitrans Tanzania founded Kilombero Community Charitable Trust (KCCT), a non-governmental organisation, to uplift the community of approximately 100 000 people surrounding the KSC Estate in rural Kilombero, Tanzania."

IN 2003, employees of Kilombero Sugar Company (KSC) and Unitrans Tanzania founded Kilombero Community Charitable Trust (KCCT), a non-governmental organisation, to uplift the community of approximately 100 000 people surrounding the KSC Estate in rural Kilombero, Tanzania. KCCT focuses on economic, social, and infrastructure development activities in the sectors of education, water and health.

The Board of Trustees for KCCT is a diverse mix of people from the company and the local community. The chairman is Mark Bainbridge, managing director of KSC, and the co-chairman is Joseph Rugaimukamu, corporate affairs director for KSC. Three trustees come from the local community: Alice Libenanga, a district officer from Kilombero District; Father David Kalyosi, an active and respected member of the community in Kilosa District; and Tom Aduwa, manager of CRDB Bank. The depot manager for Unitrans, Jeremy Black, also serves as a trustee and is one of the founding members.

Over the past year, KCCT has constructed classrooms at two primary schools, as well as pit latrines at one primary school; has provided mobile science laboratories (two each) for two secondary schools; and has outfitted a local hospital (built by KSC and KCCT) with a back-up generator. This investment in the community exceeds 85 million Tanzanian Shillings (TZS), or more than 500 000 South African Rand. On top of this, more than 82 000 Euros (1.2 million Rand) has been invested in capacity building in agribusiness and technology for the more than 8 000 small cane farmers supplying cane to the mill, through the Solidaridad Farmers Support Programme.

This year, KCCT will invest even more in the community on a host of projects. This will include building flushing toilet facilities at two primary schools, both being equipped for disabled students, which is rare in this community. KCCT is also building classrooms at two primary schools, with the largest community investment for the year being the construction of a girls’ dormitory for Ruhembe Secondary School, equipped with toilet and shower facilities, costing more than 90 million TZS, or 550 000 Rand.

The charity partners with Solidaridad on the Farmer’s Support Programme (FSP). With help from the company’s cane supply department (who work tirelessly to support the outgrowers) and in-kind contributions from both KSC and KCCT, the funding for the Solidaridad FSP goes towards capacity building in agribusiness for the outgrowers. It also extends to the development of a management information system and training materials for the extension officers (employees of the Tanzanian Government who help small farmers in the area with crop husbandry), and the construction of a pilot irrigation scheme and replant in one of the block farms. The total EU funding for this project exceeds 1.5 million Euros; combined contributions from KSC and KCCT total nearly 300 000 Euros.

Through KCCT, Kilombero Sugar Company works to improve the livelihood not only of the smallholder farmers who supply cane to the mill and their families, but also the community as a whole.

JOSEPH RUGAIMKAMU, corporate affairs director of Kilombero Sugar Company and co-chairman of the Board of Trustees for Kilombero Community Charitable Trust, sits with students at Kidatu Deaf Primary School in desks donated by the Trust.

To learn more, please visit the KCCT website at www.kccttz.org, or contact the KCCT Manager at mpritchard@illovo.co.za.



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