Launch of Nyandhiwa Water Project in Homa Bay
Residents of Rangwe Constituency, Homabay County have every reason to celebrate after the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in partnership with Rangwe constituency Member of Parliament, Dr. Lilian Gogo and the National Government commissioned five water projects in the Constituency.
The Rangwe water projects; Anind Oko Water Project, Nyandiwa Water Project; Soko Kolwero Project, Kaware Kokuro Project and Oluch Kimira were officially launched on Monday 11th February, 2019 by water cabinet secretary Simon Chelugui and KRCS secretary general Dr. Abbas Gullet.
Speaking during the commissioning, Rangwe MP Dr. Lilian Gogo thanked the Kenya Red Cross for agreeing to initiate the projects in her constituency. She added that it is a life changing moment for the constituents who for the longest time from the early 70s have had problems in accessing clean water.
“Today we celebrate because our lives are changing for the better. We will now have clean water for our children in school and at our homesteads. I really appreciate Kenya Red Cross for agreeing to invest resources and time in Rangwe to ensure our people get water,” Dr Gogo said.
Dr. Gogo further requested the cabinet secretary to support the rehabilitation of the existing water projects that have broken down to enable more access to water in the whole constituency and the county at large.
KRCS Secretary General Dr. Abbas Gullet who was present at the launch said “As an organization, we are committed to working closely with the County and National Government to ensure that more development projects reach the people that most need them. We are doing more work in development than in disaster responses that are occasional and as Kenya Red Cross we shall continue using innovation and technology to better the lives of our people.”
“This projects we are commissioning here today have been made possible by the funds we received from the National Government, and I must thank them because their support is very instrumental in the work we do,” He added.
Chief Guest Cabinet Secretary Mr. Simon Chelugui, commended Kenya Red Cross for embracing technology and innovation in the water projects and also acknowledged the great partnership that exists between KRCS and the various County Governments across the region.
“I urge you the residents of Rangwe to maintain, protect and utilize these water projects as they are for your own benefit and will also serve your children’s children. As the ministry of water and sanitation we will continue engaging and working closely with Kenya Red Cross and counties to ensure that every Kenyan has access to clean water,” Mr Chelugui said
The Kenya Red Cross Society through the WASH Department in partnership with Rangwe CDF has undertaken this project with an aim of reaching up to 800 households with an estimated 4,000 people who have no access to clean and safe water supply. KRCS has invested a total of KES 8,120,250 indirect project costs for these five sites. The Rangwe CDF also contributed KES 5,000,000 towards the project.