Latest News: Mogotio/Koibatek Site Launch
On 30th April 2011, GHARP/KRA facilitated the official launch of the Mogotio/Koibatek district dam site, one of the year 3 sites for the European Union (EU)/Skillshare project. The GHARP/KRA Projects Coordinator and the Area District Officer jointly flagged off the construction machinery o the site to officially commence the work. Witnessing the activity were the stakeholders and the larger Lelen community who cheerfully clapped and shouted with joy as the earth mover made the first cuts through the soil. The water pan is expected to hold up to 33 million litres of water at full capacity. The media were then briefed on the project the benefits highlighted. The GHARP/KRA team also welcomed questions from stakeholders during the interview.
The event then proceeded with a meeting of the stakeholders and the beneficiaries at Lelen Primary School. The community appreciated and welcomed the visitors with songs and dance that showcased relief from the burden of walking for many kilometres in search of water. The Project Management Committee thanked GHARP/KRA for choosing the Lelen community as a project site to promote integrated rainwater harvesting. She promised that her committee will work hand in hand to support the implementation of the project activities. The Constituency Development Fund Committee pledged a donation to cover the cost of the community contribution.
The community was taken through the integrated components of the project, followed by the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement. The components include:
- Construction of 33,000m3 earth dam including auxiliary structures that will benefit 600 households and an estimated 5,000 animals.
- Construction of improved community sanitary facilities at the earth dam site.
- Introduction and demonstration of complementary technologies and supplementary livelihood systems (e.g. micro irrigation, tree /vegetables seedling nurseries, and drought animal technology.
- Promotion and demonstration of improved bee-keeping and honey production (apiculture).
- Introduction of fodder production and preservation (manual hay baler).
- Construction of a roof catchment system at Lelen Primary School consisting of 50m3 rainwater storage tank, guttering system and water regulation unit
- Construction of improved sanitation facilities at Lelen Primary School.
- Construction of 50m3 farm pond and installation of drip irrigation system for vegetable production for the school feeding programme.
- Capacity building on various project management aspects to enhance sustainability.