Double pain for Mwariki residents as Lake Nakuru continues to ‘swallow’ them

Gilanis CSR at Barut

Over 300 families in Mwariki-Barut,Nakuru West subcounty are going through double pain after they were displaced by rising water from Lake Nakuru amidst COVID-19.

The families whose houses were swallowed by the water are now struggling to make ends meet as they recollect their lives.

On Wednesday the families narrated their painful experiences during a visit by members of the Rotary Club of Nakuru and Gilanis.

The affected locals say life has never been same.

Led by David Kahoro,they say the rising water from Lake Nakuru has affected 323 who had invested in the area.

Other 151 families have been displaced.

Kahoro adds that life has been turned upside down with many of them struggling to pay loans they had acquired to construct their investment infrastructure.

The dirty water mixed with sewage from washed away latrines also posing danger.

Despite the many challenges,the government has taken no effort to address the same with the county only having put in place a taskforce.

He says they have submitted their grievances to the national government but no response yet.

“We have written to Ministry of Devolution as well as Environment and county but we are yet to see action” he said.

Ms Lucy Muthoni-a resident says basic needs has been a challenge to many since the displacement.

She faults government for not acting despite making promises.

Similar sentiments echoed by Ms Anne Wanjiru who has been a resident since 1974.

Wanjiru says their hope is that the government will listen to their cry and to their aid adding that already three mothers have lost lives due to depression.

“We appeal to government to come to our aid.We are really suffering” said Wanjiru.

However,the visit by members of the Rotary Club of Nakuru and Gilanis gave the families some hope.

The group donated food hampers to 175 families to cushion them for one month.

Addressing media after handing over the donation,Gilanis Supermarket Chief Communication officer Fayaz Khan reiterated commitment towards supporting the families.

“We would like the situation to rectify itself but if it continues we shall go on with our support to the families”said Khan.

Job Okello from Rotary Club of Nakuru noting that the families in Mwariki-Barut are vulnerable as they are battling the displacement by water as well as COVID-19 pandemic effects.

While noting the challenges the families are facing,he called on government and well wishers to step in and aid the families with basic needs.

The families displaced by Lake water are really going through challenges from lack of shelter to food.We call for joint action so that we can reach to many families” said Okello.

Sentiments echoed by President Rotary Club of Nakuru Chris Gasperi.

He reiterated the club’s commitment towards vulnerable groups in society.

“The vulnerable communities need our support and we need to come together for such a task” said Gasperi.

It should be noted almost all the Lakes in Riftvalley Region have been rising causing destruction.

The phenomenon was last witnessed in Kenya in 1963.

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna while on a visit to Lake Nakuru National Park two weeks ago attributed this to silting and heavy rainfall.

The government has continued to advise those living near the lakes to make their way to higher areas to avert disasters.

Nakuru Rotarians donate food to vulnerable groups in Chemolingot,Baringo

147 vulnerable residents from Chemolingot   in East Pokot, Baringo County have benefited from food and non-food items donations Courtesy Rotary Club of Nakuru in partnership with Gilanis Foundation.

Some of the elderly after receiving their food hampers at Chemolingot Primary.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

47 among them are girls from a gender based violence rescue centre at Chemolingot Day and Boarding Primary school while the other 100 are elderly vulnerable residents majority of whom are widows.

Speaking at Chemolingot Day and Boarding Primary school on Saturday during the handing over of the food and non-food items hampers to the groups, Rotary Club of Nakuru President Christopher Gasperi   said the vulnerability of the girls at the Gender Based Violence Rescue Centre as well as the widows is what informed their decision to make the donation.

He added that this is in line with Rotarians’ Pillar on education and transformation of the society this is the 5th distribution exercise undertaken by the Rotarians.

Gasperi reiterating the Rotary Club of Nakuru’s commitment towards transforming lives with already 1000 families reached in Nakuru and Baringo Counties especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“As Rotary Club of Nakuru we felt it in order to step in and help the vulnerable groups here in East Pokot especially during this time of COVID-19.We have been doing education projects in schools but we also felt we should now adapt a new approach due to COVID-19” he stated.

Shamsher Gilani from Gilanis Foundation on his part revealing that the first visit to East Pokot area made them realize the needs of the locals.

He assured continue partnership with Rotary Club of Nakuru to support the vulnerable groups from the area so that they can also feel not left out in the society.

“We came here earlier and donated furniture and mattress to this school and now we have come to support the 47 girls who were rescued from the harmful cultures and now have this as their home. We want to assure the community that this is not the last time, but we shall visit more and work together.” he said.

The Gilanis Foundation has also sponsored Brian Mwetich and Joy Chelatan from the area and had joined National Schools before schools closed due to COVID-19.

Shamsher Gilani encouraging them to work hard and be role models.

“You have only one chance so use it well and you will be able to transform the society” Gilanis told them at Chemolingot Primary.

This even as lack of Lack of basics such as Sanitary towels in this area and retrogressive cultures such as early marriages have continued to hinder the dreams of many girls.

According to Chemolingot Day and Boarding school head Ms Florence Lomariwo, before Gilanis stepped in that teachers used to contribute a percentage of their salaries to purchase Sanitary towels.

While commending Rotary Club of Nakuru and Gilanis Foundation for the good gesture, she vowed to continue championing for the rights of girls in the area.

“I will always say thank you so much a million times to Rotary Club of Nakuru and the Gilanis for the gesture to support our girls” she said.

Sentiments echoed by area Chief John Kamama commending Rotary Club of Nakuru together with Gilanis for the gesture.

He said the move to support the 47 girls is key in transforming the society.

During the event, Nakuru based charity group Springs of Hope Foundation donated over 300 facemasks to the residents too.

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