The commitment to raise the socio-economic status of Kakuma and its environs has gained fresh momentum after a joint group of officials from the World Bank, Turkana county government and Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (KDRDIP) conducted an inspection tour of selected projects in the area.
The inspection tour comes at a time when the World Bank has committed up to Sh586 million to fund about 237 projects aimed at face-lifting Kakuma and its cosmopolitan residents drawn from the local communities.
The World Bank team leader Annette Omolo said that the visit was part of routine evaluation, aimed at collecting data to inform decision making and check the progress of the initiatives.
Noting that the fundamental aim of working through a consortium of implementing partners as well as Government agencies, Omolo said that the entire Turkana West Sub County was covered with a variety of programs.
While inspecting construction works at Tarach village, county Coordinator of KDRDIP Humphrey Amoni expressed optimism that the ongoing works would deliver modern classrooms and social amenities for the benefit of the locals.
Amoni singled out Kamekori Youth Group as a success story on matters of financial empowerment through the village loans and savings model and sale of second hand “Mitumba” clothes which started with a seed investment of Sh500,000 advanced through World Bank funding.
The team also visited solar powered water supply projects at Kobuin and Lokipoto villages as well as various youth groups in the area.