Indeed water is life. After living in the bondage of water scarcity for a long time, trekking longer distances in search for water when its dry and relying on food relief, now the Nyalani Community have something to smile about.
Following the Kinango Integrated Food Security and Livelihood Project Launch by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), Safaricom and the County Government of Kwale. The community will be in the position of accessing water once the completion of rehabilitation of Nyalani Dam in Puma Ward, Kinango Sub County.
In his speech, The Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Dr. Abbas Gullet said that the project would be focusing on sanitation, hygiene, food and water. Dr. Abbas also said that the Society is mandated by the constitution to be auxiliary to the Government of Kenya and this creates room to work with the counties.
This project will also enable the beneficiaries to develop co-operatives to enable them to have one voice when selling their commodities from the farm. He added by giving examples of some areas once poverty stricken like Ukambani, Turkana and North Eastern, and are now beneficiaries who plant and harvest to generate household income. In his conclusion he said Nyalani Community members would be trained by Amiran Kenya to acquire basic knowledge on agriculture.
Safaricom Foundation Chairman, Les Bailey said the project would improve access to safe drinking water, food production and access to markets and improved health and nutrition status and practices. “Since this is one of our biggest projects we have ever done, we hope the community will gain a lot,” Les Bailey told the Community members during the launch.
The Kwale County Governor Salim Mvuria thanked the partners and added that the County Government of Kwale will also give support of Ksh25, 000, 000 on top of the Ksh207,000,000 that Safaricom has sponsored to support the project. This will benefit the beneficiaries of Nyalani Community in Puma Ward and Kinango Sub County at large.
The rehabilitation of Nyalani Dam with enhanced capacity of 500,000m3 will provide a reliable source of water to about 10,000 people and support an irrigation project for 105 acres.