Kisumu County, 14 September 2021-World Vision today handed over 7 water projects (boreholes) equipped with solar powered pumps to the County Government of Kisumu at Katito in Nyakach Sub-County. The organisation also handed over two Early Childhood Development (ECD) classrooms and an ablution block that is serving residents of Katito town.
The 7 water projects - totalling to over Ksh. 81 million (KSh.81,911,007) - 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.
The schools benefiting from the water projects include Onyuongo RC, Oremo, Kandiege, Moro, Magunga and Kowire primary schools. Some of the water projects are also serving traders in various markets as well as health facilities in Katito.
“Water challenges have been a barrier to the well-being of children and families in this area. This is why access to clean and safe water was a priority for World Vision in this community. 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 Jeremiah Orongo, the manager for World Vision in Kisumu.
He noted that the two ECD classrooms, built at a total cost of KSh.2,968,745.04, are enabling children to access quality education that boosts their literacy and numeracy skills. This provides a strong foundation for knowledge acquisition as the children grow.
The ablution block on the other hand, constructed at a cost of KSh.1,924,350, has enabled the town to have adequate sanitation facilities (toilets and handwashing stations) that are helping over 800 traders in Katito town to maintain good hygiene practices. This is also contributing significantly to the COVID-19 fight and prevention.
“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,” he added.
Editors’ Note: World Vision is a Christian, relief, advocacy and development organisation that is committed to improving the well-being of children, families and communities in Kenya. For over 40 years, we have partnered with communities, the Government, sponsors, donors and corporates to help the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and enjoy life in all its fullness. The organisation implements sustainable development projects in education, health, child protection, food security, economic empowerment, as well as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. World Vision has a vast reach in Kenya. Its transformative development initiatives are spread across 37 counties, nationwide. It serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
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