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Friday, 23 Dec 2016 12:35 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
The leading water distribution organisation in Tala, Matungulu Sub County held an end of year party on Saturday. Upper Manza, a community based organisation which supplies Tala Town and its environs with clean treated piped water, has recorded rising membership from locals who believe it was the best water solution.
Addressing the media in Tala town, the chairman, Nicholas Kyalo, said they have great plans to work with the government and other stakeholders in enriching and improving the environment. “We are going to partner with the right leaders to bring the change people of Tala want,” said Mr Kyalo.
Local residents have lauded this CBO for the job opportunities it has so far offered to the residents such as water vendors. Several members were rewarded for being active in the CBO while the water vendors were recognized for being active.
Upper Manza has been supporting students by paying their school fees and has partnered with the local Katine Technical College in improving the education standards in the area. “This is not just a CBO for pumping water into our homes but it has changed the livelihoods of so many people in this locality,” a member said during the party. Hundreds of families have been using this water in their farms.
The CBO plans to have buildings that can host over three hundred people and work with other partners in ensuring the students benefitting from its programmes never lack school fees. They also want to identify and tap talent of young people and empower the youth who might be led into crime when unemployed.
This water CBO has towered above the rest in water supplies in Tala in a business line ventured by many. Tala has been known for lack of water in the past and this has long been forgotten after the game changers entered the water market.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.