The Department of Water, Environment, Natural Resources, Tourism and Wildlife Management in partnership with Soroptimist International on Friday gave out life-changing projects and teachings for Kaptuli residents, Tembelio Ward.

CECM Ms. Mary Njogu and members of the organization undertook the empowerment program that saw 3 schools and Kalyet women group receive water tanks, modern jikos that are smoke-free and moist bed for planting vegetables. As part of greening Uasin Gishu, they were encouraged to each plant 50 trees to conserve the environment and to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The event was held at St Paul’s Kaptuli Catholic Church.

Ms Njogu lauded the organization for empowering women and improving their livelihoods, saying empowering a woman is empowering a whole society.

She reiterated water connectivity program that targets to offer tap water to 95 percent of households in Uasin Gishu County.

“It is the dream of our Governor for all households to have water connectivity.” Noted the CECM

“If any woman has to fetch water, then it should be not more than 12 metres,” added Njogu.

Area MCA, Pius Kigen also weighed in on the importance of providing water to residents.

“Water provision is our priority in the County. That is why we went the extra mile to purchase our own water machinery,” added Kigen.

Lidya Kiprop, one of the beneficiaries, was grateful for the empowerment, saying it will impact well on her family.

The modern jiko enables me to have a clean kitchen free from smoke. My children can study in the kitchen while I’m cooking,” said Mrs. Kiprop.

The women have been encouraged to plant more trees in their farms especially fruit trees and those that have medicinal values both for domestic purposes and economic growth.

Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.