Winds of Change hands over dormitory and ablution block to Arapal community

This girls’ only dormitory and ablution block project was constructed in Arapal Primary School to serve the girl-child, who has been perpetually at risk of dropping out of school. The solar powered dormitory is equipped with 92 beds and a matron’s room. The stand-alone ablution block was also constructed, with 10 bathrooms and 10 washrooms, including one for physically challenged students.

The project was handed over in a colorful ceremony on the 14th of November 2020, attended by LTWP/WoC management and staff, German Investment Corporation (DEG), Boskovic, Davis & Shirtliff, local community, Education ministry officials and the school administration.

 

LTWP attends Mt. Kulal tree planting and explores new ways for environmental conservation

LTWP is exploring new ways to contribute to a greener environment. In addition to the 700,000 tonnes of carbon emissions the wind power farm has saved the country since coming online, LTWP intends to contribute to the reforestation of the MT. Kulal biosphere reserve in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organisations, and other stakeholders.

Lake Turkana Wind Power is holding round table discussions with the community and forestry stakeholders to determine the best course of action regarding the conservation efforts around Mt. Kulal. Speaking at a tree planting drive that saw open spaces within the forest and its depleted margins planted with 6,515 seedlings, 600 of which were fruit trees, Job Lengoiyap, a Community Liaison Officer with LTWP underscored the importance of tree planting to LTWP’s desire for a green future.

The tree planting exercise also brought together the Marsabit County Government, National Environment Management Agency (NEMA), Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and the local community environmental committee popularly known as Wazee wa Mazingira.

Mount Kulal is the centrepiece of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) reserve, which is one of six MAB reserves in Kenya. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated it as a MAB reserve in 1979, cementing it as a space for preservation of biodiversity, environmentally sustainable socio-economic development, through research, monitoring, education and training.