EU in Kenya poverty alleviation projects

April 2, 2009

, NYAHURURU, Kenya, Apr 2 – The European Union (EU) in collaboration with local authorities across the country has embarked on various community development projects within the country aimed at alleviating poverty.

The EU Country projects co-coordinator John Waithaka revealed that to date, there are over 67 projects which are being undertaken by the union countrywide.

Mr Waithaka disclosed this after touring the Githunguchu Water Projects in Ndaragwa division of Nyandarua North District, which is being funded by the EU jointly with the Nyandarua County Council at a tune of Sh17 million.

The co-coordinator who led other officials from the EU said that once complete, the water project would benefit over 20,000 households who had earlier depended on rain water.

He said the funding is channelled through the Rural Poverty Reduction and Local Government Support Programme

According to Mr Waithaka, the 87-metre borehole which was rehabilitated through the Ndaragwa Constituency Development Funds has a recharging capacity of 9,200 litres per hour.

He added that the project, which has a distribution line of over 26 kilometres have ten water kiosks which will assist the community around Githunguchu.

Nyandarua County Council Chairman Councillor John Mburu Matheri on his part has petitioned the Kenya Power and Lighting Company to facilitate the installation of power lines at the bore hall so that locals could start drawing water as soon as possible.

He added that the council had begun fixing most of the feeder roads within the six newly created districts in the region, to ensure farmers transport their farm produce easily during the rainy season.

Nyandarua County Council Town Clerk Justus Areithi meanwhile said that they have assisted locals in the rehabilitation of more than 150 cattle dips in the lager Nyandarua District.

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