World Vision has handed over 7 water projects (boreholes) equipped with solar powered pumps to the County Government of Kisumu at Katito in Nyakach Sub-County. The handed over projects costing approximately 87million comprised of 7 solar powered boreholes, Katito town ablution block and two ECDE classrooms at Cherwa and Onyuongo Primary Schools.
The Katito toilets and handwashing stations are helping over 800 traders in Katito town to maintain good hygiene practices. While officially presiding over the taking over of the projects, Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili commended World Vision for its immense contribution to improving livelihoods, enhancing access to safe water, hygiene and quality of education for Nyakach.
The 7 water projects totalling to almost Ksh. 82 million, will enable children, families and communities to enjoy access to safe and clean water. They are benefitting over 9,000 households and 10 learning institutions in Katito in Nyakach Sub-County.
The schools benefiting from the water projects include Onyuongo RC, Oremo, Kandiege, Moro, Magunga and Kowire primary schools. As part of Corporate Social Responsibility, world Vision constructed fish pond at Oremo Primary School run by the school as a teaching aid and source of youth empowerment when the pupils become of age it can be a source of employment.
According to Jeremiah Orongo, World Vision Cluster Manager for Kisumu and Siaya, “This provides a strong foundation for knowledge acquisition as the children grow. We are happy to hand over these projects to the County that will now manage them and ensure that they continue to benefit communities in Katito.”
The partnership with World Vision has contributed in bringing services closer to the people and prioritization of projects through public participation which is key in devolution. She urged the community to take care of the infrastructure for continuity.
Noting that 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, World Vision encourages the Community Water Users Committee to consider taking insurance against the motor, solar panels and the reticulation system for compensation in case of any breakdown. The water utilities will be run and managed by Community Water Users Committee with inclusion of KIWASCO to oversee their work.
Present during the signing was CECM for Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Developing Prof. Judith Atyang’, CECM for Environment, Water, Natural Resources and Climate Change Mr. Salmon Orimba, Jeremiah Orongo, World Vision Cluster Manager for Kisumu and Siaya and KIWASCO Chief Officer, Maryline Agwa.