The Community

Enriching the community

Around 85% of Vipingo Ridge employees come from surrounding communities. In addition to the many employment and career opportunities created by The Development , a number of CSR programmes have been put in place. Vipingo Ridge helps not only with community education, but with everyday needs such as water and sanitation. Centrally located storage tanks with collection points for clean water have been installed and are maintained by the development.  Water deliveries are made to various villages during the dry season. The upgrading of school buildings is also part of the ongoing community support


Glad's House

Located on the outskirts of Mombasa, Glad's House is a charity home for street children, helping to get them off the streets and offering them an education in a safe and supervised home environment.  Vipingo Ridge has worked extensively with the institution's  Caddy Programme to provide caddy training.  As a result, half of the caddies who work at the Ridge are from Glad's House.  The other half are from local communities.  Through Vipingo Ridge, Glad's House is now also supported by the European Tour Charity Foundation and subsequently have provided caddies for the past 4 years to 'carry' for young professionals competing in the Kenya Open, a European Challenge Tour Event.  Based upon the success of this programme there are plans to introduce the Glad’s House Caddies model to other golf courses in Kenya. 



Gravelling and repair of the unpaved roads in the area.  Vipingo Ridge provides firewood, palm fronds and fruit from the estate to the local communities. The Ridge works closely with the Kuruwitu Conservation and Welfare Association, offering employment to their members, actively supporting their projects and helping them financially.



-Bureni Village – The nursery school: two classrooms and toilets have been constructed.
-Mikaoni Village – Construction of a nursery school.
-Gongoni Village – Rebuilding of 6 toilets for the primary school.
-Chodari Village – Re-roofing of 4 classrooms for the primary school.  Gravelling of the playground.  Donation of a 10,000 litre water tank and rehabilitation of the community water line. 
-Kapecha Village – Construction of 2 classrooms and rehabilitation of sanitation facilities.  Donation of trophies.  Gravelling of the access road.
-Ganze Division – Re-roofing of classrooms.

Kuruwitu Conservation and Welfare Association

Kuruwitu was Kenya's first Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) on the Kenyan coast. The aim of KCWA was to minimize the reliance of the local community on fishing within the reef. They did this by offering them alternative job opportunities as well as improving their welfare with projects such as school education programmes, assistance to the Kuruwitu womens group, water projects and various youth empowerment schemes. Marine research, Turtles alive and Tourism initiatives are just three of the projects that have been activated at Kuruwitu beach, to find better ways of preserving marine life and supporting livelihoods. Through strategic partnerships with KCWA and other stakeholders, including Vipingo Ridge, local tourism has received a major boost. The award winning conservancy which is situated directly off the Vipingo Ridge Beach Club, offers visitors a chance to snorkel or take a glass bottom boat ride to see hundreds of fish and marine species, many of them rare. Up to 100 per cent of proceeds collected from these activities goes into supporting the local community as part of Vipingo Ridges Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.