Integrated programme to build resilience to climate change and adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities in Kenya, otherwise referred to as the ‘Kenya Climate Change Adaptation Programme’ is on-going with most executing entities at the stage of observing their inception workshops. With key agenda of addressing climate change issues in Kenya, the programme cuts across the 14 Counties covering interventions on improving food production, construction and management of water harvesting structures, construction of flood control structures, reducing coastal erosion and enhancing mangrove biodiversity.
NIE Coordinator Ms. Wangari Kirumba Center and Mrs. Rono Juliana right join in celebration after officially launching KCCAP in Kajiado West
Kajiado County is one of the lucky counties to benefit from the fund by having two project sites each implemented by two different executing entities. In relation to this, NASARU Community Based Organization referred to as ‘NASARU women group’ has shown their commitment and contribution towards creating resilience in the sub County of Kajiado West, Lodokilani ward after their project proposal succeeded vetting stage by NEMA and awarded about 50 million Kenya shillings for implementation.
Speaking during NASARU’s inception workshop, chairperson, Mrs. Juliana Rono gave a brief background information on the journey the organization has travelled to see it benefit from the Adaptation Fund Programme.
In her speech, she mentioned key project areas that they will be implementing through the programme in Kajiado West as water harvesting using water pans and tanks; Promotion of drought tolerant crops and irrigation of agriculture around dams. This will be achieved by installation of micro- irrigation kits for 60 kitchen gardens as well as organizing a training workshop on irrigation kit management; creating awareness on climate change among the pastoralists and capacity building. NASARU is optimistic that come the end of the three year project, the community of Lodokilani in Kajiado West shall not only have been able to cub cultural challenges they are facing but also overcome the challenges of mobility since they travel long distances to look for water for domestic use and also for their animals. They are also positive that through capacity building, they will be able to deal with lack of knowledge that leads to people cutting down trees or women forced out of school at tender age for early marriages.
Speaking on behalf of Director General NEMA, the National Implementing Entity coordinator Ms wangari Kirumba emphasized on the existence of requisite capacities at NASARU to deliver the programme, and showed confidence that the desired outcomes will be achieved.
She further mentioned that NEMA looks forward to working together and with the communities of Kajiado West so as to deliver the aspirations of the Adaptation Fund, aspirations of NEMA as the NIE and more importantly, the aspirations of the targeted communities in this sub county.
Gracing the occasion were representatives from KEFRI, Ministry of Agriculture, Government officials and Technical officers, Non-Governmental Organizations and NEMA County Director of Kajiado County, Mr. Wafula.