Sarova Cares Initiative
At Sarova Hotels, Resorts and Game Lodges, we have integrated social and environmental concerns in our business operations. This is reflected in our mission "To work with the communities in locations where we operate in improving their lives through a leadership driven corporate social responsibility charter."
Our corporate conscience is hinged on three key pillars; education, health and environment. We have continued to strengthen our relationship with key stakeholders in destinations where we operate.
Sarova Cares Initiative will seek to involve our guests in contributing towards sustainable interventions in supporting communities in destinations where we operate become self-sufficient.
All the respective Sarova Properties have various sustainable CSR projects aimed at supporting the local communities and empowering them for sustainable development as well as environmental conservation.
Sarova PropertyCSR Project
Supporting Springs of Life Restoration Center - Kibera. (H & E)
Educate Her. (E)
Supporting Moi Girls Blind. (E & H)
Anti-Poaching Campaigns. (ENV)
Catering during tragedies. (ENV)
Mentorship program with Nairobi
Greenhorn Programme. (E)
Diabetes Society of Kenya on various
events to sensitize the nation. (H)
National Spinal Injuries hospital – Sandy
Ivory belongs to the Elephant
Campaign walk. (ENV)
Building a dormitory area in Sekenani
Primary School. (E)
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
Tree planting at the Nakuru National
Park and guests can adopt a tree. (ENV)
Cycle with the Rhino in support of the
endangered rhino. (ENV)
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
Drilled boreholes at Daaba Primary
Annual medical camp for free eye
Students at the school also adopt a
tree and nurture the trees. (ENV)
Drilled boreholes in conjunction with
philanthropists at N’tungui Village. (H)
Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge & Sarova
Taita Hills Game Lodge
Green Tsavo Reforestation Program.
Tree planting with guests and adoption
of trees. (ENV)
Meek Eye Clinic – Free annual eye
medical camp for the community. (H)
Vohra Wing. (H)
Earth Hour aimed at encouraging the
use of renewable energy sources. (ENV)
Mothers day at Nairobi West Hospital.
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
Sarova Whitesands Staff Partner With Media 16 Team To Visit Villa XVI Children's Home. (H & E)
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa
WASHA”- Whitesands Against the
Spread of HIV and AIDS peer
counseling group. (E & H)
Dettol Heart Run. (H)
Breast Cancer Drives. (H)
Tree Planting. (ENV)
Anti Poaching Campaigns. (ENV)
medical camp for the community. (H)
Vohra Wing. (H)
APDK – Bombolulu Cultural Centre. (ENV)
Mentorship program at Mshomoroni. (E)
Sarova Mara Game Camp
Tree planting that involves guests. (ENV)
Maasai Cultural Village- preservation of
culture, the community can display
and sell their artifacts and bead work.
This is geared towards cultural tourism
and improving livelihood. (ENV)
Free medical support- the medical
clinic at Sarova Mara Game Camp
takes care of the community health
related cases and often assists with the
van for emergencies. (E)
Sarova Hotels has participated in the following CSR Initiatives so far:
Sarova Whitesands Staff Partner With Media 16 Team To Visit Villa XVI Children's Home
Glad to have partnered with the Media 16 team to visit the Villa XVI orphanage in Tsavo West. The Villa XVI children’s home supports orphans by providing them with basic needs and education. Media 16 is a team of media personnel working with different media houses based in the coast region.
Sarova Stanley team visit Springs of Life Restoration Centre in Kibera
7th March 2017,
This first quarter of 2017 saw the Sarova Stanley team visit Springs of Life Restoration Centre in Kibera. A facility that was founded 17 years ago.
The home was necessitated by one Mr. John (the oldest boy) in the home as well as three others who used to be seen rummaging through the dump sites of Kibera searching for morsels of food at the No. 32 bus terminal by Mrs. Grace Mbithi. Mrs. Mbithi, assisted by Mrs. Catherine Mwanzia are both married with families of their own and they run the day to day operations of this Children's facility.
The home takes care of 42 children. The ratio of boys and girls being 1:1. They range from as young as three years old to eighteen years. They have two dormitories with caretakers for both boys and girls. With time they started an educational institution to instill skills and knowledge that would in turn produce responsible members of the society. To date the school has 11 classes from Baby-class to class eight with class teachers heading each class.
The Sarova team introduced themselves in the classes and encouraged the kids to work hard in order to achieve their goals. In support of their education, Sarova Stanley Hotel recognised the kids needed to have good restful sleep at night, appropriate clothing for the weather and are well fed for them to concentrate in class. The kids were very happy as they ate to their fill.
“…yaani tumekula nyama tukaiangalia na macho hivi…Hebu tupigieni Yesu makofi…tumepewa lunch ya nguvu…'' said Mrs. Mwanzia. (In translation ''Do you mean that we have eaten meat today?... Let's clap for Our Lord Jesus Christ… who has provided a very decent lunch for us to enjoy''
They thanked Sarova Hotels for being a friend to them in times of need. In the same breath, The HRM Sarova Stanley informed the children that the Hotel is ready to assist in offering them places for attachments and trainings and urged them to push the same on their own.
The day ended on a pleasant note and the associates exchanged contacts and signed the visitors' book. Many special thanks to all who made this day possible with their generosity and tireless efforts in ensuring everything fell into place. God bless you all.
This was a CSR activity on Education held at Karura forest on 1st October, 2016 organized by one of our loyal guests Ms. Linda Lockhart.
It was a parade to raise awareness on the girl child education dubbed "Educate Her". It is a campaign that aims at providing scholarship for girls from communities where the girl child is not a priority. The Sarova Stanley family joined other corporate bodies on this noble course.
Ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
This past Labour Day weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting Ambassador Sahle-Work who is the head of United Nations Office in Nairobi and her family at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge. She planted an Acacia tree within the compound in support of environment conservation.
Sarova Mara Clean-up exercise at Sekenani
The Sarova Mara Game Camp staff, in conjunction with the Sekenani Community recently participated in a clean-up exercise in the park. As a result the entrance of this game resort is now much cleaner. The camp is working with the chief park warden, the public health officer, the base commander, the TPU police inspector and a local NGO to get a sustainable approach so that the area will never relapse to what it was before and ensure it’s maintained properly.
Launch of Sandy Vohra Picnic Site
Sandy Vohra foundation in collaboration with Nairobi Greenline Trust, Kenya Wildlife Services and Sarova Hotels launched The Sandy Vohra picnic site and walking trail on Saturday 21st March 2015. The site will offer hundreds of city dwellers a chance to spend time out in the clean and safe natural environment, for their rest and recreation.
The Sandy Vohra Foundation was started in 2010, in memory of Sandy Vohra, and former Managing Director of the Sarova Hotels. The Foundation’s purpose is to initiate and to partner with projects that enhance the world around us. Sandy was a visionary leader and a passionate conservationist. He believed in preserving and changing the world around him. He preferred life to blend with nature and had many dreams to beautify and preserve the environs of Nairobi and Kenya at large.
Together with KWS, numerous CSR projects were birthed under Sandy Vohra’s leadership, from the planting of 10,000 trees in Nakuru National Park to Cycling with the Rhinos and in turn raising awareness on these endangered species. The essence of his being was about transforming the life of those around him and enhancing the world he lived in. Nothing waited, nothing deterred him. Action was always immediate.
The Nairobi Greenline is a project that invites industries, conservationists, corporate organizations and the public to join the campaign to grow 300,000 trees from the Cheetah Gate in Athi River to the Carnivore restaurant to protect and enforce the Nairobi National Park boundary fence.
Known for his love for the environment and animals, coupled by his genuine zest for life, the Sandy Vohra Picnic Site is a fitting ode to a most remarkable individual.
Sarova Hotels support for Garissa Terror Attack Victims
Sarova Hotels provide packed meals for the families of those affected by the terror attack at Garissa.
Sarova Shaba Staff members share a meal with children from Alakara for the physically challenged.
Sarova Shaba team hosted Alakara children who are physically challenged at the lodge for lunch. It has been our wish to share a meal with them since they have become part of us in terms of CSR. The team organized a show round for those who could walk , delicious lunch with Shaba HODs, inspirational talk, Wildlife presentation by our naturalist, Wildlife movie, some music and evening tea before they left. It was a fun filled day for them and a memorable one too for all.
Sarova Staff members at the Mathare Clean Up
Sarova staff marked this year’s World Environment Day by embarking on a clean up exercise in Mathare Constituency on Friday 5th June 2015. This was with the assistance of the Mathare MP and entailed a general street clean up and drainage clean up.