|Name of the facility||Sweetwaters Serena Camp|
|Address||Ol Pejeta Conservancy|
Sweetwaters Serena Camp is located at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The camp is specifically located on Global Positioning System (GPS) Coordinates, Latitude 036 56 40.8 and Longitude 000 002 21.0011 N. The camp is located on 50 acres of land leased within the conservancy. It has 56 guest tents with a bed capacity of 120 visitors and a total work force of 110 employees. Ol Pejeta conservancy is managed as a wildlife Sanctuary, including the endangered black and white rhinos, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion. Other wildlife includes Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee. The Conservancy works to conserve wildlife and provide a sanctuary for Chimpanzees. It aims to generate income through wildlife and tourism enterprises which is invested in conservation and community development.
- As one of the Serena Hotels properties, Sweetwaters Serena Camp is guided by the company’s environmental mission statement. The statement outlines the company’s commitment to: Developing projects which pay the highest regard to environmental concerns in design, planning, construction and operation, being sensitive towards monitoring of interests of the local population, including their traditions, culture and future development, practicing a responsible attitude towards energy conservation, reducing and recycling waste, control of sewage disposal, air emissions and pollutants and being sensitive to the conservation of environmentally protected or threatened areas among others.
- Sweetwaters Serena Camp has implemented a tree planting programme in collaboration with Ol Pejeta Conservancy. In 2019, a total of 2510 trees were planted, and out of these 1621 were fruit and herb trees. Tree planting is carried out by staff, guests and members of the local community in designated areas such as: within the camp, Matanya Primary School and Marura Dispensary. The camp keeps the records of trees planted for monitoring purposes. The picture below is of students from Ireri Primary School participating in tree planting at the camp in December 2019.
|Waste water management|
- Grey water from the guest kitchen flows through a grease trap to remove fats, oils and grease. The grease trap is cleaned 2 days per week to ensure maximum efficiency in its operation.
|Solid waste management|
- Solid waste is segregated at source (in the guest and staff kitchens) into these categories: paper, food waste, plastics and hazardous using well labeled step bins
- Paths within the camp have low-light emitting bulbs, which are also covered to reduce light pollution.
- The main source of water for Sweetwaters Serena Camp is a borehole located within the camp.
- The main source of power for Sweetwaters Serena Camp is solar. The camp has invested in a solar system (240 panels and 3 inverters) with an installed capacity of 76.80 kilowatts peak (kWp).
|Visitor communication & education|
- Guests are briefed about the camp’s operations upon arrival.
- The facility uses biodegradable chemicals in laundry and at the kitchen i.e. Diversey and Ecolab products.
|Benefits to local community/community empowerment|
- The camp has employed approximately 60% of the staff from the local area i.e. Sweetwaters, Jua Kali and Marura.
|Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sites|
- Local dances by the Samburu, Turkana, Maasai and Mwomboko local dancers are performed for guests during the festive season, and events such as bush dinner.
|Business Practises Criteria|
|Purchasing and supplies|
- The camp purchases goods in bulk to reduce on packaging.
|Health and safety|
- The camp’s health and safety management is guided by Serena Hotels’ health and safety policy, which describes the company’s commitment to promoting and protecting the health and safety of employees and guests.
|Employment and remuneration/staff welfare|
- Staff are unionized and affiliated to KUDHEHIA, which negotiates terms of service and working conditions for its members.
|Child labor, abuse and human rights|
- Sweetwaters Serena Camp adheres to the minimum legal age requirement for employment which is above 18 years.
|Staff education, communication and awareness training|
- Effective communication channels between the management and staff are in place at the camp. For example, through the notice boards.
|Entry Date||13th March 2018|
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