WINDS OF CHANGE
Since inception Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) has been keen on ensuring that the community benefits from the project. As part of this commitment LTWP established Winds of Change Foundation (WoC). LTWP has committed to invest a portion of its operating revenues to WoC to improve the livelihoods of the communities in the Project area. Once the wind farm is operational, it is expected that LTWP through WoC will contribute about Euro 10 Million over the operational life of the Project (20 years).
WoC implements projects in the Laisamis constituency in Marsabit County. The WoC focus areas are:
- enhancing employability through primary/ secondary education support and vocational training support,
- enhancing access to health services by supporting health education and facilities and,
- providing water, specifically for the health and employability initiatives to provide a sustainable impact and improve livelihoods. In the medium term this focus will shift to emphasize livelihoods activities.
WoC works in partnership with the county government, local leaders, NGO’s, CBO’s and government departments in implementing negotiated activities to ensure optimal stakeholder engagement, participation and ownership. WoC aims to catalyze positive sustainable development to enhance livelihoods in the areas surrounding the wind farm. It is anticipated that the planned social investment activities will enable LTWP and its project partners; Vestas, Siemens, SECO and Civicon to become trusted partners in development with the local community around the wind farm and the larger Laisamis constituency.