•More than 100 schools have so far received the tanks and materials for constructing permanent handwashing sinks.
•The project started in July.
Over 240 primary and secondary schools in Mwingi central subcounty, Kitui, will benefit from a water project courtesy of a local non-governmental organisation.
Kenya’s Christ Mission to the World coordinator Francis Ogola said the project is registered in Kenya and South Sudan.
Its headquarters are in South Sudan.
In partnership with Life Water Canada, the NGO will issue 10,000-litre water tanks to 245 schools across Mwingi Central subcounty.
“The project started in July after we identified Mwingi central to be in dire need of water,” Ogola said.
“The project will cost Sh40 million.”
Ogola said more than 100 schools have so far received the tanks and materials for constructing permanent handwashing sinks.
As the country battles Covid-19, he said they are offering a solution by ensuring the schools have water tanks and handwashing points.
“We are addressing school absenteeism, learners walking for long distances in search of water, curbing water-borne diseases, time wastage, cleanliness in schools and controlling the spread of Covid-19,” he said.
The coordinator said once they complete issuing the rainwater harvesting tanks, the NGO will drill boreholes in the schools that benefitted to permanently address water shortage and help the community.
“The community needs water especially during dry seasons where residents walk tens of kilometres in search of the commodity,” he said.
He called upon other well-wishers to partner with the NGO to help curb water shortage in the vast area.
Edited by Kiilu Damaris