Korean Government to Enhance Water Access in Turkana with UNICEF Partnership

Turkana, Kenya - Residents of Turkana are hopeful for a resolution to their longstanding water access issues following the Korean government's commitment to strengthen its collaboration with UNICEF. This partnership aims to alleviate water scarcity in the county.

According to Kenya News Agency, Yeo Sung-Jun, the Korean ambassador to Kenya, expressed this commitment during an inspection visit of the Natiir Water Project in Kang'atotha Ward, Turkana Central. He remarked on the positive impact of the project, which is a joint effort between the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and UNICEF, aimed at improving water access for both human and livestock use.

In contrast, the situation remains challenging in Lodwar town, where residents continue to face water shortages, forcing them to purchase water from vendors. James Achuka, a local resident, reported that his area had been without water for a week, creating health risks for tenants, especially those sharing facilities like toilets.

David Maraka, the Chief Officer for Water Services in Natir, informed the ambassador that the Natiir Project is one of the 76 water projects in Turkana Central and Loima, implemented through the partnership between KOICA and UNICEF in Turkana. Maraka requested the Korean Ambassador to consider funding a second phase of the project to extend its reach to areas currently unserved. He acknowledged the significant role of KOICA as a strategic partner in improving water access and expressed gratitude for the visits and support from previous Korean delegations.

Paul Lotum, Director for Water Services, revealed plans to draft concept notes to secure additional funding for more water projects. He also noted KOICA's vital role in supporting the 25-year Master Plan for water access in Lodwar Municipality.