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Christmas season is now at hand, yet another season of merry making. For some, it is time to glisten the season by lighting up the twinkle of Christmas trees. For most of us, Christmas tunes will be blaring out festive cheer in our living rooms almost non-stop. Undoubtedly, kitchens in most households will be extra busy as the task of preparing various delicacies goes into overdrive. All these activities will require power – electricity. That’s where the leading electric energy producer in East Africa, KenGen thrives best.

All year round, KenGen has kept its turbines turning to keep the country running. From the hydroelectric power turbines in KenGen’s hydro power stations, to the wind turbines at Ngong’ Hills, all the way to the steam driven turbines in the geothermal steam field of Olkaria, Naivasha, all systems will stay on the go to power the festivities.

For factories and facilities that will be operating throughout the festive season, KenGen is all set to ensure steady and reliable supply of electricity. As the economy steadily recovers from the reeling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, KenGen is prepared to do its part in keeping up with the growing demand for electricity that recently reached an unprecedented historic high of 2,036 MW in November - the highest since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.

And as we prepare to ring in the New Year 2022 with fireworks, KenGen employees across all its power stations will be keenly monitoring the instrument panels to ensure that power does not go out. As a tradition for nearly seven decades now, nothing will be left to chance, as you celebrate Christmas with family and friends and prepare to usher in the new year, KenGen pledges to energize you all the way throughout the festive season and beyond.

Going into the new year, plans are already underway to commission the Olkaria 1, Unit 6 geothermal power plant early next year, which will add 83.3MW to the national grid. Its commissioning will not only bring KenGen closer to the 2GW mark in its installed capacity but also bring the promise of competitively priced electricity closer to the nation. That is a promise KenGen is committed to keep by generating electricity for the nation to light up our country and continent.

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It is that time of the year when we all join family and friends in ushering the season of festive cheer. While merry-making is what characterizes the Christmas and New Year season, Christmas is also about spreading the festive cheer to the less fortunate and vulnerable in society.

Now, more than ever, this Christmas season calls on us to make a conscious effort in supporting those who are in need given the devastation COVID-19 has caused in our communities. As such, it is fitting that companies and individuals take time to extend acts of charity to those in need.

Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programmes is one of the channels through which corporate entities can give back to society this festive season. Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has been doing this throughout the year by undertaking several CSI projects aimed at transforming the lives of communities living near its installations.

Through its philanthropic arm, the KenGen Foundation, KenGen has continued to steer the conversation around sustainable development through viable and successful CSI community programs. On the education front, the company has offered annual scholarships to bright and deserving students from disadvantaged communities neighbouring its power plants. Since 2005, KenGen’s Education Scholarship Programme has supported more than 900 students at different level of education.

Apart from this, KenGen has also supported the development of school infrastructure development with construction of classrooms, dining halls and laboratories; provision of furniture and educational materials.

Organizations can emulate KenGen’s CSI approach which takes a sustainable approach and ensures that the spirit of giving is not only seen during the festive season but is a continuous drive that is firmly entrenched in the organization’s day-to-day operations.

All said and done, these acts of charity are not limited to corporates only. As you consider what to do at an individual level to put a smile on someone’s face, here are some pointers to consider. First, consider sharing your material resources. You may consider donating foodstuff, cash or clothing to those in need.

Secondly, take some time to visit a Children’s Home or a home for the Elderly. This is one way to share the warmth of family with people that need to feel loves and cared for. This way, the true meaning of Christmas will be expressed in ways that make a lasting impression on the individuals and communities that you interact with.

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