International Alumni Profile: Shahinoor Visram
Shahinoor Visram (MBA, 2010) is Managing Trustee of the Sun n Sand Trust, formed in 2006 by the Sun n Sand Beach Resort in Kikambala, Kenya to manage and implement its corporate social responsibility initiatives in the neighboring village.
Kikambala is located along the Indian Ocean coast, just north of Kenya’s chief port of Mombasa. Its white, sandy beaches, thriving tropical reef and nearby rain forests provide an ideal venue for several hotels and resorts. Several main tourist destinations, such as the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary and Tsavo East National Park are within reasonable driving distance.
The Sun n Sand Resort features 99 air-conditioned sea view rooms, with a restaurant, a grill and three bars. There is also a salon and spa, a, an indoor sports center, and a water sports center equipped with kayaks and paddleboats that offers instruction in scuba diving, windsurfing and snorkeling.
Through its trust, The Sun n Sand Beach Resort has contributed to the economic development, education and health of Kikambala by building a community center with a nursery school, a primary health care clinic and a facility providing fresh drinking water to local residents. It also funds a public primary school serving more than 2,100 students and has teamed with the Microsoft Consortium and the Government of Kenya in partnership to establish a computer e-school lab.
In recognition of the efforts undertaken by Ms. Visram and the Sun n Sand Trust, the resort has been presented with numerous accolades and recognition, including the First Choice Responsible Tourism Award, the Ufadhili Award for Community Service, the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers for Corporate Social Responsibility, and the Dubai International award – Best Practice Certificate.
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