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Kenya Department of Water Teams Up with The Water Project to Boost Water Access in Kakamega County


Monday, January 22nd, 2024

Kakamega County’s Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Water, Environment, Natural Resources, and Climate Change, Mrs. Peninah Mukabane and Humphrey Buradi, Western Kenya Regional Director for The Water Project, in discussion at their meeting January 8, 2024.

January 8, 2024

Kenya’s Kakamega County Department of Water and Sanitation is collaborating with The Water Project, a prominent Non-Governmental Organization in the water sector, to enhance water accessibility in the County. The joint effort aims to sink a minimum of 40 boreholes and safeguard over 60 springs across this financial year in Western Kenya.

The two parties recently held a meeting featuring the Western Kenya Regional Director of The Water Project, Mr. Humphrey Buradi, and the Kakamega County’s Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Water, Environment, Natural Resources, and Climate Change, Mrs. Peninah Mukabane. During the courtesy call, Water and Sanitation Chief Officer Mrs. Mariam Were, County Water Director Mr. Patrick Mukenya, and County Water Officer Mr. John Gichu were present.

All the meeting attendees stand together.

The meeting emphasized the need for the local government to harmonize work plans with The Water Project to prevent duplication of water projects. This step, Ms. Mukabane said, will ensure the efficient use of resources and avoid unnecessary overlaps in their initiatives. Each group hopes to address water challenges in the county, benefit the local community, and foster sustainable development.

Ms. Mukabane revealed that the collaborative projects are poised to kick off with a borehole well project for Emachembe Primary School in Butsotso East Ward, Lurambi Sub-County. 

Expressing gratitude for the concerted efforts, the CECM acknowledged The Water Project’s role in realizing His Excellency Governor Fernandes Barasa’s vision of Amatsi Khumuliango —  “water at the doorstep.” The collaboration aligns with the county’s commitment to achieving water security and ensuring that clean and safe water is accessible to all residents at their doorstep.

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Jamie Heminway

Jamie is a storyteller by nature. In joining the Water Project, she’s finally found a workplace where that pesky bleeding heart of hers can be put to use (and, less importantly, that BA in English Language & Literature from New England College).