Close to 20,000 residents in Kitise and Makumeni in Makueni County will now get adequate water supply after Safaricom Foundation, in partnership with ActionAid launched a water project worth Kshs. 25 million.
The project which started in December 2016 will see eight learning institutions and six market centres benefit from a steady and clean water supply. The project is aimed at improving food security and preventing water-borne diseases which were a challenge to residents in the areas especially to children under five years.
“We have a three-year strategic plan as Safaricom Foundation, and it includes economic empowerment, education and maternal health. With adequate water supply, providing access to services in education and health institutions will be better and more efficient and it shall also empower various communities,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.
The project has been equipped with pipeline and borehole extensions distributing the water to homesteads and learning institutions. In the same breath, water kiosks set up in six market centres will allow the public to access water at an affordable price.
ActionAid and Safaricom Foundation have collaborated over the past fourteen years, investing over Kshs. 100 million into 16 water projects to improve water supply and sanitation services thus achieving additional improvements in livelihoods, health and nutrition as well as education sectors.