Some of the initiatives we support through WMA include:
- Sponsoring and partnering the WMA Community Waste Management and Recycling Project which employs 36 local women and youths who not only keep our beach clear of all plastic waste, but also transform washed up flip-flops into colourful and whacky artistic creations. The project received a UNEP SEED Award in 2011 for Supporting Entrepreneurs for Social and Environmental Development.
- Raising money for the Blood Sweat and Tears Charity fund which this year will be used to create paid employment for local people as waste management project coordinators and community officers.
- Training beach traders in customer service and business promotion through creating Tourism Codes of Best Practice (guidelines for beach workers, hotels and visitors) has helped to make your curio shopping hassle free while increasing the local traders’ chances of making a sale.
Independently, we also support:
- Gede School – we build classrooms, pay teachers’ salaries and offer bursaries to help parents with school fees.
- Gede Medical Clinic – we fund the clinic’s monthly medical supplies.
Community Rugby Association
Hemingways Collection is proud to be associated with the Community Rugby Association (C.R.A.) as part of our community social responsibility initiative. CRA was founded in 2008 to engage with underprivileged children to give them something positive to focus on and to nurture and identify talent at an early age, maintain focus, develop rugby skills and prevent indulgence in drugs and or the possibility of becoming street children. Drug awareness talks are given to the children and continue to be well received by them. The CRA has been organizing age grade rugby matches and competitions for young kids from the slums around Nairobi. Five teams comprising Runda, Ngong, Bulbul, Matasia and Arise (Dagoretti) fall under the organization of the CRA, drawn mainly from boys and girls in the slums. Training is run from open fields in the wider Nairobi area and takes place on Saturdays and Sundays. Each team has coordinators and supporting helpers. The vision, is to establish a national program with adequate remuneration for the coaches thereby creating a bridging structure for the kids within the age grade structures to be able to progress into the established clubs and thereafter the national teams.