Kisumu is poised for a significant transformation as it embarks on a Sh1.3 billion project aimed at revitalizing six informal settlements within the county. This ambitious initiative, funded by the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD), forms part of the second phase of the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP 2).

The primary objective of this project is to enhance the infrastructure within these settlements, focusing on key areas such as road networks and access to clean piped water. Additionally, the project encompasses various interventions, including drainage works, installation of high mast floodlights, and last-mile connectivity to the sewerage system.

Tom Mboya, the Kisumu County KISIP 2 Coordinator, highlighted the scope of the project, which includes upgrading 14 roads to bitumen standards across Bandani, Manyatta A, Manyatta B, Kibuye, and Muhoroni. These improvements aim to facilitate better connectivity within the informal settlements, fostering economic growth and development.

Moreover, the project incorporates essential amenities such as proper drainage systems, street lighting, and high mast floodlights. These enhancements not only improve security but also promote businesses and create a safer environment for residents.

Despite facing delays, particularly in Lot 2 covering Muhoroni and Kibuye, due to legislative issues, the project remains committed to its objectives. Mboya emphasized the importance of completing the works promptly to address the pressing needs of the community.

The project’s impact extends beyond infrastructure improvements. By providing employment opportunities for over 600 youths from the informal settlements, it addresses the high unemployment levels prevalent in the area. This initiative not only boosts economic prospects but also contributes to reducing crime rates within the communities.

Community involvement is integral to the success of the project. Through Settlement Executive Committees (SEC), residents actively participate in the design and implementation processes, ensuring that their needs and concerns are addressed effectively.

The ongoing works in various informal settlements, such as Bandani and Manyatta A, signify significant progress towards achieving the project’s objectives. Residents, like George Odhiambo and Beline Akoth, express their gratitude for the positive changes brought about by the project, including improved access, enhanced security, and employment opportunities.

Looking ahead, the project remains committed to its goals of transforming Kisumu’s informal settlements into vibrant, thriving communities. With regular supervision and support from government agencies, consulting engineers, and the World Bank, the project aims to deliver high-quality infrastructure that meets the needs of residents and fosters sustainable development in the region.

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