After decades of perennial water shortage pupils of Disii Primary School and its environs, in Komolo location in Homa Bay have a reason to smile after a well-wisher commissioned a Sh2.5 million borehole in the area.
The school and its environs have been experiencing perennial water shortage forcing them to rely on a river located 4 kilometres away from the school.
The well-wisher, Erick Omollo explained that the well was part of others in the third phase of a project that seeks to end water shortage in the county undertaken in collaboration with various Non-Governmental Organizations.
“I started the project after witnessing the trouble our people had to go through to access drinking water for themselves as well as their animals. This is the third phase of the project that aims at ending water shortage in the region,” stated Omollo.
Omollo pointed out that they had been able to drill nine boreholes at different areas so far, adding that Pala, Kogwang’ and Kotewe villages are among the areas included in the third phase.
Speaking Wednesday during the commissioning of the water project at the school compound, Omollo assured that the well is expected to be complete and functional by the end of May this year and will supply the community with clean drinking water.
The area chief Emmah Otieno elaborated that for decades, the area has had difficulty accessing clean water and the borehole is the very first in the region, and a big step towards solving the problem.
On her part, the school head teacher Edwina Magero, who was hosting the event, expressed her gratitude saying that the borehole will ensure that the pupils have more time to study as they will no longer have to trek 4kms to draw water from the river.
“The borehole is a blessing to both the institution and the community that will no longer have to fight waterborne diseases they have been experiencing from consumption of unclean water,” said Magero.
By Omar Zabbibah and Sitna Omar