Earlier this week, the Buriaramia Dispensary was officially handed over to the Buriaramia community after a refurbishment, which included installation of a solar power system, a refrigerator for vaccines, renovation of medicine stores, provision of equipment for the wards and the installation of an additional water storage system.
The renovations were carried out under the Lake Turkana Wind Power’s (LTWP) Winds of Change Foundation together with Vestas Wind Systems (Vestas). “Winds of Change” is the foundation covering LTWP’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. Currently, the initiative works in partnership with the County Government, local leaders, NGO’s and community based organization’s to improve the livelihood of the communities in this part of Marsabit County.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Phylip Leferink, LTWP’s General Manager, said, “The refurbished health center is the result of a long relationship established between the project and the communities. The government has done a lot in ensuring that there is sufficient supply of medicine and personnel in the clinic, however it was hectic for the resident nurse who has to make a daily trip to a clinic 5KM away in order to access the refrigerated medication.
Basically, what we did as LTWP was to collaborate with the local leaders and other players to enhance the health service delivery for this particular community”, he further explained.
On their part, Jacinta Murunga, Vestas Kenya CSR Manager, said, “Vestas has installed turbines in 75 countries across the globe and for all of our projects engaging with the local community is pivotal. Lake Turkana Wind Power is no different and we are thus very happy that our community engagement has allowed us to support the refurbishment of the Buriaramia dispensary”.
Lake Turkana Wind Power Limited and Vestas are currently setting up a 365 turbine wind farm in Sarima, Loiyangalini Division, Marsabit County. When operating at full capacity, Lake Turkana Wind Power is expected to add 310 megawatts of clean energy into Kenya’s grid, enough to power more than two million households.