Tullow hands over Kataboi Water Project

Tullow Kenya has handed over a Kshs.18 million-water project to the residents of Kataboi in Turkana North.

BY JOE EKAI
KATABOI, TURKANA NORTH
Beatrice Askul(left), Christopher Nakuleu (c) and a Tullow official during the commissioning of the Kataboi Water Project.

Beatrice Askul(left), Christopher Nakuleu (c) and a Tullow official during the commissioning of the Kataboi Water Project.

Tullow Kenya has handed over a Kshs.18 million-water project to the residents of Kataboi in Turkana North.
The project, which consists of a borehole, solar-powered submersible pump and a 20,000 litre storage tank, is expected to benefit more than 5,000 residents as well as provide water to nearby public institutions including the Kataboi health centre, Kataboi primary school and Kataboi girls’ secondary school. It was handed over on
December 18.
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kilometres in search of water. The project is expected to cut this distance for the girls as well as members of the local community. The latest handover comes less than six months after Tullow handed over a similar project to residents of Komusia and Nalemkais villages in
southern Turkana. The project was valued at Ksh16 million.
Turkana North M.P Christopher Nakuleu hands over the project to Kataboi Water Services committee chairman.Tullow Kenya Country Manager, Martin Mbogo said the project fits within the company’s broader commitment to bringing real and lasting benefit to host communities in its operational areas through investing in similar social investment projects cutting across health, education, alternative livelihoods and capacity building.
“During our previous engagements with the local community, poor access to safe drinking water was identified as
a challenge for the community. Tullow is therefore proud that through a working partnership with the local community, the area leadership as well as both the National and County governments, we have worked together to solve this challenge,” said Mr Mbogo.

He added that access to safe drinking water means less spending on health by the community members and
more on health, welfare and empowerment within communities. “We are committed to partnering with communities across our operational areas in addressing this challenge,” explained
Mr Mbogo.

A young girl drinks from the Kataboi Water Project tap.

A young girl drinks from the Kataboi Water Project tap.

Previously, students from them Kataboi Girls’ secondary school had to trek over five kilometres in search of water. The project is expected to cut this distance for the girls as well as members of the local community.
The latest handover comes less than six months after Tullow handed over a Children at the Kataboi Wwater Project.
similar project to residents of Komusia and Nalemkais villages in southern Turkana. The project was valued at Ksh16 million.
In 2014, Tullow Kenya committed to spend Kshs.400 million in social investment projects across all its operational areas. Within Turkana County, some of the notable projects include construction of Kshs. 3 million dormitory at Nachukui Primary school in Turkana North. Tullow has also installed a solar powered lighting system for classrooms, dormitories, a
laboratory and administration offices at Kerio Boys Secondary School in Turkana South sub-county, which was installed at a cost of Kshs 2.4 million.
Through the Turkana Education Programme, Tullow has invested Kshs 30 million in providing bursaries to more than 3,000 secondary school students from the County. Further, the company has spent Kshs.16m in providing full secondary school scholarships to 55 bright and needy students from Turkana County.
The company has also awarded 15 Master’s Degree scholarships worth Kshs.75 million to scholars from Turkana County as part of the company’s annual Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS). Tullow has also donated a mobile clinic worth Kshs15 million to Turkana County.






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