More than 24,000 community members living near the Seven Forks Dams are set to benefit from water tanks donated by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) as one of the measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
The company donated 30 five thousand –litre tanks to various shopping centres within 15 locations that neighbour the Seven Forks Dams. In addition, each of the locations will receive 40 litres of soap while critical areas such as dispensaries and police stations will benefit from 200 litres of sanitizer.
Speaking after handing over the tanks, KenGen’s Eastern Region Manager, Eng Julius Odumbe, said the company’s donation would augment Government efforts to curb the spread of the disease. “Populations in Kenya and across the world are in a tight spot, owing to the novel coronavirus disease. As an institution that cares about communities living near our areas of operation, we have in the last few months been able to reach out and share that which we are able to,” he said.
Locations which benefited from the donations are; Kivaa, Masinga, Ekalakala, Muthesya, Ndithini, Mananja, Makima and Mavuria. Others are Gichiche, Mutuobare, Kiambere, Mutitu, Tyaa, Kakuyu and Mukongá.
Eng. Odumbe said the company had previously provided communities living in the area with 52,000 litres of water, food and face masks as a way of supporting them in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease pandemic.
The water was distributed in Mutuobare, Mbeere South Sub-County, Vondeni, Nunguni and Machanga in Masinga sub-County, and Makima in Mbeere South Sub-County. Food was donated to vulnerable communities living in Makima and Mavuria Wards in Mbeere South Sub-County.
KenGen has also partnered with the Ministry of Health in Embu and Egemeo Talanta Group to create awareness about the virus by printing and distributing educational posters.
It has also facilitated Ministry of Health in Machakos and Embu counties to fumigate KenGen premises and local markets.
Since May 2020, KenGen has donated food and hygiene items worth more than Ksh 40million to communities living in Nakuru, Mombasa Turkana, West Pokot, Tana River, Garissa, Kisumu and Migori among other areas.