To Press Releases listJul 2, 2014
Nestlé Kenya has, through the Rural Outreach Program (ROP),
a non-profit organization that undertakes development activities
to improve livelihoods of the rural poor in Kenya, donated Shs.2.5
million to ensure water supply for Elukhambi Community Hospital
as well as dairy farmers in Kakamega County.
“The funds are being used to sink and install a borehole for the
hospital as well as purchase six water tanks for the dairy farmers, and
also to support other ROP initiatives in the county,” said Svetlana Obruchkova,
Managing Director at Nestlé Kenya.
Elukhambi Hospital started as a dispensary and has faced limited water supply,
depending only on rainwater collected in one tank, which often forced hospital
staff to fetch water from the rivers. Kakamega County faces acute water shortage,
which stands at 10,000 cubic metres against a supply of 8,700 cubic metres a day in
the town alone. Water vendors have cashed in on the shortage, selling a 20-litre jerrican
of water at Sh15 up from Sh2 ten years ago.
“The immediate impact of Nestlé’s support is enormous”, said ROP Founder and Executive
Director, Prof. Ruth Oniang’o. The water harvesting tanks will be provided to dairy farmers
who do not have water in their homes, and are far from rivers from which they can draw water.
Dairy animals need plenty of water to be able to produce good quantities of milk, and to maintain
the hygiene associated with milking and milk handling”, she added. “Of course as the tanks serve
dairy animals, families will also benefit from the same”.
In 2013, having witnessed the positive impact of Nestlé’s support in
Kabiyet where the Company has since 2009 been providing technical expertise to
Kabiyet Dairies and farmers within the framework of the East Africa Dairy
Development, ROP partnered with Nestlé for a dairy development program in
Kakamega County. The support by Nestlé has included training of ROP
extension staff and progressive farmers on best dairy farming practices,
and funding to establish fodder nurseries. In July 2013, the project
started at pilot scale with 6 women farmers taking ownership of 6 dairy cows.
Two fodder nurseries financed by Nestlé were established.
To-date, 2 extension officers and 54 farmers have been trained, and the best
practices on dairy farming are being cascaded and implemented by other farmers in
Kakamega County together with Nairobi are the largest of the 47 counties in the
country with a population of about 6 million people, and challenges associated with
water shortages are common.
According to Prof. Oniang’o, a constant supply of water to the Elukhambi Community
Hospital will now ensure provision of services including routine treatment, dental,
surgery, eye care, maternal, paediatric, HIV counselling, and family planning are
“This collaboration is very welcome and much appreciated by ROP and community members
that will benefit from this support,” she added.
Last month, during the 2014 Agribusiness & Food World Forum held between the 15th
and 19th June in Cape Town, South Africa, Professor Oniang'o, received the Distinguished
Service Award for her influence on the development of nutrition training and agricultural
research and development throughout Africa. “We join the international community
to congratulate Professor Oniang'o, who has gone beyond her home country to participate
in international activities that have helped generate decisions that have shaped and
furthered global food security and nutrition.” said Svetlana.
Under its Creating Shared Value (CSV) initiative, Nestlé has focused on the areas of
Nutrition, Water and Rural Development where it supports by funding and/or providing technical
expertise. Under this CSV initiative, Nestlé believes that for a company to be successful in
the long term and create value for its shareholders, it must also create value for society.