Over six hundred vulnerable families Wednesday benefitted with gas cylinders, water tanks and food rations in North Kinangop ward as part of Governor Francis Kimemia’s interventions against Covid-19 pandemic and environmental conservation in the County.
The twin interventions are part of the larger County Government’s strategy to provide alternative and clean sources of energy to families neighboring threatened forests, as well as those vulnerable households adversely affected by the global Coronavirus pandemic.
Besides the cylinders, 167 water tanks were also provided with another 800 families benefiting with food rations.
“Access to clean energy in our homes forms a critical component of my Manifesto and our CIDP2 – development objectives and improvement in the livelihoods of our people – creating positive change at the smallest unit of the society, the family level,” Governor Kimemia said during the ceremony held at the Ndunyu Njeru stadium.
Citing dome of the expected benefits, besides environment, the Governor noted that these alternative energy sources lead to “reduction and eventual elimination of drudgery, child labor and conflicts – the menial work and hard labor of sourcing for firewood has greatly affected production levels of women in society (and sometimes gender based violence and attacks, including rape in forests), increased cases of child labor which affects their performance in schools.”
Thousands of families have been profiled for relief food support during the ongoing Covid-19 interventions and the exercise has been ongoing for the last one month across the County.
A total of 2200 families will benefit with the cylinders up from 650 last year; the programme will run in four wards – North Kinangop, Geta, Leshau Pondo and Shamata.
The Governor was accompanied by area Member of the County Assembly and Leader of the Majority party in the Assembly Hon. Edinald King’ori, County Executive Committee Members Hon. Stephen Njoroge, Hon. Milka Wanjiru and Hon. Dominic Murani.