Bomet County and Kenya Red Cross Society renew MoU to guide provision of clean and safe water in Bomet

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The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and the County Government of Bomet have extended the implementation period for the Bomet Integrated Development Programme (BIDP), through renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that took place in Bomet County on Monday, 29 May 2017. The initial programme period was coming to an end in June 2017 but, which has been extended for another two years, ending June 2019.

The event took place at the Bomet County Governor’s office and was graced by the Kenya Red Cross Society’s Secretary General Dr. Abbas Gullet and the Governor of Bomet His Excellency. Issac Ruto.

“We are very thankful that our donors the DFID and the British Red Cross continuously supported this project, providing us with the needed resources. We are also thankful to the County Government of Bomet for matching these funds and bringing on board a dedicated project management team, who have worked with KRCS, both moving with speed to effect the project success we see today,” said Dr. Gullet.

“Bomet County was the very first County to undertake this kind of partnership with KRCS to bring basic needs closer to our communities,” added Dr. Gullet.

The three years programme, which had been launched in Bomet through the signing of an agreement on 24 June 2014, saw the beginning of a Ksh 1 billion programme in Bomet that was meant to improve the quality of life for Bomet residents.

“Indeed, we are proud to have been part of the Sigor water project, which after completion will benefit more than 55,000 residents of Bomet. We will also measure our success by the reduction of the number of girls who go to fetch water in the evening after school, which poses a security risk for these young girls,” said Governor Ruto.

“We also hope to deliver safe water closer to the community within less than half a kilometer with every shopping centre having a distribution tank,” continued Governor Ruto.

This was part of the commitment Bomet County made in its County Integrated Development Plan 2013-2017 to transform the livelihood of its residents through; innovative and dynamic leadership, efficient and effective mechanisms, and viable partnership where the county sought technical support from KRCS to improve access to clean and safe water.

“Bomet has been facing food shortages especially the Lower zones within Bomet and this has over the years extended to the upper zone due to the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND), compounded by this year’s drought which has led to significantly low yields of maize affecting the whole South Rift Region. With implementation of the BIDP, we hope to reverse this menace,” said Governor Ruto.

Through this programme, the communities in Sigor and Chebunyo wards of Chepalungu Sub-county will have improved food security and livelihoods. The project will also improve access to the Kenya Essential Package of Health Services to communities in Sigor, Chebunyo Wards and Chesoen Wards in Chepalungu and Bomet Central Sub-counties. Further, communities in Sigor and Chebunyo wards will have access to clean and safe water for domestic and agricultural use.