Sustainability Initiative: It’s clean water for Makueni Residents As Betika Sinks Sh10 Million Borehole

Betika Managing Director, Mutua Mutava during the launch of a KES 10million water project constructed by Betika Na Community at Mituvu Secondary School, Makueni County. PHOTO/ BETIKA

MAKUENI, Kenya- Mituvu residents in Makueni County now have a reason to smile after they received a Sh10 million water borehole.

The 14 cubic meters well, that will grant them access to clean water for domestic use, has been made possible through gaming firm Betika.

The sunk borehole in Mituvu is part of the firm’s wider effort to support vulnerable communities across the country through its Betika Na Community Foundation.

The well comes fully equipped with solar panels to power water extraction and distribution. The firm has over the years remained committed to supporting communities to access sufficient, safe, physically accessible, and affordable water for personal and domestic use.

The borehole comes as a relief to the community, particularly women and school-going children, who previously had to travel long distances to draw water from unsupervised water points while paying exorbitantly for the precious commodity.

“We are incredibly proud of this project and the positive impact it will have on the community. Access to clean water is essential for life and by harnessing the power of solar energy, we are making strides towards a more sustainable and equitable future. In our rural communities, many still face daily challenges in obtaining this basic resource.

“By supporting them, we can help improve their health, dignity, and overall quality of life. It’s not just a drop in the ocean; it’s a wave of hope for humanity,” Mutua Mutava, Betika Managing Director told the Standard during the launch.

Mutava also mentioned that the noble Foundation is also dedicated to fostering collaboration between the brand, county governments, and other development partners to tackle water shortages in various counties. This commitment includes investing in the water sector, rehabilitating existing water projects like sand dams, water pans, and boreholes, completing unfinished water projects, and enhancing the proper management of current water sources.

“We are immensely grateful for this transformative borehole project. The water scarcity situation here is severe, but the installation of the new borehole is expected to solve many challenges in agriculture and healthcare. The borehole will provide water to Mituvu primary and secondary schools, the Mituvu health care center, the chief’s camp, and the surrounding community of Mituvu. We are grateful to Betika and the BCLB Chairperson Dr. Jane Makau for their timely intervention. This is a huge relief to thousands of households and service facilities here,” area Chief Mr. James Juma stated.

Mituvu residents in Makueni County watch as Sh10 Million borehole is launched by Betika. PHOTO/ BETIKA

While hailing the grand project, Makau underlined: “We are grateful for this initiative. I hope that this gesture is part of a broader commitment for sustainable development and empowerment within this community.

“Moving forward, I hope other corporate will replicate this successful model in other regions and provide clean water and renewable energy to underserved communities countrywide. The addition of solar panels will ensure that there is consistent water supply even with limited access to electricity. I am happy I accepted this invite because I have witnessed a tremendous initiative for the people of Mituvu.”

In Kenya, Makueni County is classified under the Arid and Semi-Arid locations (ASAL) that faces dire rainfall shortage which makes access to clean water a challenge.

A report by UNICEF shows that nearly half of rural Kenyans lack access to basic water services, with many relying on unsafe surface water to meet their daily needs. Additionally, seven per cent of health facilities in the country either use water from an improved source that is more than 500 meters from the facility, use an unimproved source or have no water source at all.

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