The Star (Nairobi)

26 February 2013

Kenya: New Bridge to Save Thousands of Baringo Residents From Floods

Thirteen-year old Kiprono Kipkechem can finally realise his dream of becoming a journalist. His studies will no longer be disrupted when River Kapkaptich is flooded, thanks to a bridge that has recently been put up by HK Foundation.

Kiprono is one of thousands of villagers in Sacho Soi and Kapropita locations whose lives are interrupted when the seasonal river overflows each year. Last year, schoolchildren in the locations missed school for two weeks when River Kapkatich overflowed.

Chief Sammy Kiptoros of Kapropita Soi said many people and animals have been swept away by floods in the past. "The bridge will bring a big difference, especially for schoolchildren, many of whom have to cross from one side of the river to the other to attend school," he said.

"We can only thank the HK Foundation for building the bridge," he added. Sururei bridge was built by Timber Treatment International Limited in Eldoret Assistant chief Leah Kipkuna of Sakasak sub-location said a village elder was swept away in December while trying to cross the river. She said the bridge will help boost agriculture.

The area produces groundnuts, sorghum, millet, green grams and maize. While commissioning the bridge, HK Foundation chairman Hosea Kiplagat urged the residents to take good care of it.

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