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Water point at Murungai Primary School, Laikipia East district, Kenya. Source: GHARP/KRA

Daiga Division in Laikipia East district was one of the year two projects sites for the European Union (EU)/Skillshare Project, and on 28th January 2011 it was officially commissioned and handed over to the community. The project has been very successful and the community members are now motivated to maintain the water structures and ensure long-term sustainability.

 

 

 

 

 

Project Components

  • Thirty 50m3 farm ponds lined with ultra-violet resistant plastic and roofed with iron sheets
  • School roof catchment system at Mutamaiyu Primary School, including: a 50m3 rainwater storage tank and guttering system; 50m3 farm pond; A 230-litre drip irrigation kit and hip pump to be used with the water from the farm pond to grow vegetables to supplement the school feeding programme; and ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines.
  • Introduction of complementary technologies and supplementary livelihood systems:  30 simple manual hand pumps for lifting the water from the farm ponds; 45 low-head drip irrigation systems (50-litre jerrican kits) for vegetable production; 10 beehives for apiculture demonstration; and one tree/vegetable seedling nursery.
  • Capacity building on various project aspects as well as an exhange visit to project sites in Lare and Nakuru.

Case Study: A Passion for Farming

Susan Karongari, one of the beneficiary farmers, is quickly moving from subsistence farming to achieving a livelihood as a result of her KRA farm pond and drip irrigation system. At the commissioning event she demonstrated her completed farm pond. Before the pond, Susan had problems with her vegetables and passion fruits dying and wasted a lot of time trekking to the river with jerricans to collect water. Since the project, she can grow peppers and sukuma under drip irrigation, and her passion fruits are thriving. Now she has steady access to water, she has decided to venture into tomato growing for market, and has built her own greenhouse. She is also breeding chickens and rabbits – a business venture which requires water to flourish.

Conclusion and Impacts

In Daiga division, the success of the integrated water project is clear for all to see. The community members are motivated and inspired and looking to the future at how they can continue to expand their agricultural and livelihoods activities. The project will continue (under UNDP funding) in the same and neighbouring areas to increase the coverage of farm ponds and introduce more climate change mitigation technologies.

Dr. Mburu, Former KRA Chairperson,  summed up the success: This is a great achievement that we have come to commission a completed project after a short period of time. I remember the time we came to initiate the project when there was no sign of green vegetation around. Water shortage was at its highest peak. Today there is water for the children and vegetables that will improve the nutrition and health status of the children. The project will not only serve the children but it will also be a training ground for the surrounding community. It is important that there is proper care and maintenance of the facility in order to serve the community for long.’

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