Jambojet CSR - Off Chocks
At Jambojet, we believe in giving people the freedom to fly by offering affordable pricing. Hence our tagline – Now YOU can fly. Jambojet was launched in 2014 by opening up the skies for many Kenyans who had never flown before or could not fly frequently.
In 2016, we took this one step further by unveiling our Corporate Social Responsibility program dubbed “Off Chocks”. The Off Chocks program is duly named to signify the removal of the chock blocks from the wheels of the aircraft, in order for the flight to be cleared for take-off. It is therefore in the same spirit that Jambojet has chosen education as the guiding pillar for the Off Chocks initiative, as we are keen on investing in our children. Our belief is that we are giving Kenyan children the freedom to take-off for higher grounds through supporting education.
Our aim is to support education projects in each of the counties that we fly to. The projects are primarily run by staff teams.
1. Off Chocks Launch
Jambojet launched Off Chocks, by rewarding high achieving students from Mukuru Kwa Njenga slums as part of a new initiative to cultivate the academic excellence culture among the youth. Twenty students from Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School were flown from Nairobi to Mombasa for a day of history, geography, science and fun activities.
Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School children pose with the Cockpit and Cabin crew on arrival at Moi International Airport, Mombasa.
Students enjoy a lesson in history at the dungeon in Fort Jesus.
Students from Our Lady of Nazarene enjoying themselves at Haller Park.
Time for some fun, games and a swim.
2. Project Lamu
The first major project for Off Chocks was commissioned by the Lamu Team. Manda Island lacks fresh water sources and Manda Primary school faced perennial water shortage. Their water reservoirs (locally referred to as djabiyas) were in a very poor state with most of the water being seeped out from the one that was being used while the other one lay in ruins.
The little available water in the reservoir was usually not enough for the school, especially during dry spells. Our project was to rehabilitate the Njabiya that was in ruins in order to address this perennial water shortage. With a capacity to hold 50,000 liters of water when fully functional, it is expected to change the school life of students and teachers.
The renovation ensures that there is enough water to last through the entire school calendar. It is expected that this project will:
a) Give access to clean water: supply of safe drinking water through dry seasons
b) Increase student retention by reducing reduction in number of pupils dropping out of school by 50%
c) Provide water for irrigation by increasing water supply to school garden to supplement school feeding program
d) Improve nutrition by enhancing cultivation of crops with high nutrients such as spinach that will be part of diet in the feeding program
e) Improve academic performance
f) Improve sanitation by availing water for cleaning classrooms and toilets
g) Improve enrollment. Increased water supply will encourage growth in the number of pupils joining Manda Primary School
h) Encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as the school garden project to impact agricultural and business skills to pupils
The Manda Primary School headmaster and Lamu team leader Ferdinand Manyonge inspect damaged djabiya
Manda Primary School students and staff gather at the unveiling of the refurbished djabiya
Jambojet CEO and Manda Primary school headmaster officially unveil the refurbished 50,000liter djabiya.
Students enjoying water from the newly refurbished djabiya.