Kisumu County has unveiled various multimillion projects that were funded by World Vision Kenya, geared towards the provision of basic amenities to the local communities.
Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili graced the official handing over of seven solar powered water projects and two Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) classrooms in Katito town, Nyakach Sub-county on Tuesday.
The County Government appreciated World Vision Kenya, for the implementation of development projects to a tune of over Sh. 86 million.
The projects will improve water provision and boost literacy skills among the people residing in the area.
“Over nine thousand households and 10 learning institutions are set to benefit from the projects that seek to supplement the county government’s efforts to increase pipeline extensions in Nyakach,” said Dr. Owili.
According to the World Vision Kisumu Branch Manager, Mr. Jeremiah Orongo, the water project consists of boreholes and water tanks that cost close to Sh. 81 million and will enable children, families and the community have access to safe and clean water.
World Vision prioritized the water project to respond to the myriad challenges the community experienced in accessing the basic necessity.
“Water is a precursor to development as it allows communities to prosper and thrive as a result of good health and opportunities for economic growth,” said Mr. Orongo.
Schools benefiting from the water projects include Onyuongo RC, Oremo, Kandiege, Moro, Magunga, and Kowire Primary Schools. Some projects are also serving traders at various markets and health facilities in Katito.
In addition, the organization has constructed an ablution block in Katito town at a cost of Sh1.9 million that will augment sanitation facilities in the market.
The new facility is intended to help over 800 traders to maintain good hygiene practices amid Covid-19 pandemic.
The County Government promised to develop a framework to ensure management and sustainability of the projects as well as ensure they continue benefitting the intended population.
By Robert Ojwang’ and Ruth Okoth