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Karura Kanyungu Community Development Initiative

managed by J. Kamau (Communication)

About us

Karura Kanyungu Community Development Initiative is a social experiment to transform Karura Kanyungu Village into a self-reliant and resilient model rural town. The Initiative hopes to make this feasible, viable and attractive since it is convinced that if we: -

•wait for the Government to help the community, it'll be too little, too late;
•act as individuals to ensure community empowerment, it'll be too little; but
•act as a community now; it might just be enough, just in time.

As a Development Initiative, we hope to promote people who are learning by doing - and learning all the time; people who understand that we can’t sit back and wait for someone else to do the development work in the village for us; people like you, perhaps!

We have a structured way to develop Karura Kanyungu Village in security, education, water, economic empowerment, environment and youth mobilization to generally uplift the welfare standards of the residents. As an organized and structured initiative, resources will be mobilized and applied for a particular development aim in an organized and sustainable manner.

At the moment, we have managed to address the issue of security and to a reasonable extent the education at primary level is at an advanced stage.

Our water project has stalled after securing a site, sinking a sustainable bore hole to 230 meters with a capacity to pump 22 cubic meters of water per hour. We have also secured a tank which can hold up to 70,000 liters and this is raised to 15 meters high ready for distribution.

Our main challenge under this category is infrastructure to serve the community currently estimated at 6,000 members with a daily domestic water need of about 200,000 liters of safe clean water. The Community Development Initiative management team requires 30,000 meters of plastic pressure water pipes preferably 180mm for ensuring each community member has water at his/her tap.

Many children under age 5 and indeed adults suffer from water borne diseases caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. More than half of these sometimes lose their lives due to preventable disease which can be stopped through simple basic interventions like provision of safe clean water, basic sanitation facilities and hygiene education. In fact 80 per cent of the childhood diseases are related directly or indirectly to unsafe drinking water, inadequate hygiene and semi-open defecation.

With this realization, the community hopes to support the Water Project through your assistance so that we can have proper, safe and clean drinking water coupled with Hygienic Sanitary Facilities in our Shopping Center and local Primary School.

Contact

Gigiri - Gachie - Karura Road
Kikuyu, near Nairobi
Kenya

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J. Kamau

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