Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has commissioned the sixth phase of the Kakamega County Shelter Improvement program.
Oparanya said the County has spent Ksh320M on the project that started in 2015 with an aim of uplifting the living standards of the vulnerable members of the community through the construction of decent houses.
He revealed that so far the project has seen 2,500 houses constructed across the 12 sub-counties.
“We have so far donated 5,000 blankets and 2,500 mattresses to beneficiaries of the houses,” he said.
“This year we have built 720 houses in 12 wards. The project is ongoing and we target to reach the majority members of our community,” he added
The governor urged his successor to ensure the continuity of the program saying the project has had a major impact on the people of Kakamega.
He also gave people with disabilities assistive devices which included wheelchairs, crutches, and listening aids among others.
He pointed out that the County conducted a census of persons with disabilities in the County and established that their number stood at 18,297.
The Governor noted that the census outcome has helped the County in preparing a budget for the disabled persons to help improve their living standards.
“We will continue to help disabled persons with money to venture into business and also educate their children in Special schools so as to get them out of poverty,” he added.
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