BY SIMIYU SIMIYU | TWITTER: @wakajuaness
If you have to name villages that have suffered for decades walking unimaginable distances to seek for water, medication and children sinking their heads between their hands for missing out opportunities to join good schools, then Sirisia Constituency in Bungoma County should not miss on that list.
For decades, residents of this region have been victims of poor water access, pupils dropping out of schools due to poverty and poor roads that have hindered access to health facilities.
However, efforts to tame these challenges have now been boosted after a local politician started a foundation that is now breathing life into the residents of Sirisia.
Though he lost the Sirisia Parliamentary seat to the incumbent MP John Waluke of Jubilee Party during the 2017 general election, the 31-year old Moses Nandalwe (pictured, FILE), has remained the local’s darling following the efforts by his foundation to fight poverty in the area.
According to the ODM activist, his Nandalwe Foundation is determined to support more children acquire education, access to clean water and provide services that will boost health provision in the area.
“I want my people to access clean water, boost health services delivery to the people and issue as many bursaries to the students as possible,” said Mr Nandalwe during an interview with a local vernacular radio station.
So far, the foundation has successfully issued out 86 bursaries since January 2018 and is seeking to give 400 more by the end of the year.
Since yesterday, the foundation has been busy at the foundation head quarters in Russia Village, Sirisia, vetting hundreds of other applicants of the bursaries. This, he says, will boost education in the area.
Apart from the bursaries, the Nandalwe Foundation is also constructing at least four water stations this year to serve at over eight hundred households.
One of the recently constructed water station in Sibanga village is already serving three villages; Sibanga, Lukala and Russia villages.
Hon Nandalwe (in blue) inspecting a water station in Sibanga village this month. (PHOTO/COURTESY)
The Foundation is also aiming to have at least two ambulances and employ paramedics to provide emergency health services in Sirisia.
However, Nandalwe has his own challenges. He is funding the project using his personal money with the support of his committee. Anyone interested to support the foundation is warmly invited, according to Hon Nandlwe.
Due to financial hitches sometimes, the philanthropic politician may not do everything for the area by himself and challenges the County Government of Bungoma headed by Governor Wycliffe Wangamati as well as area Member of Parliament Hon John Waluke to initiate more projects in the area for the benefit of the residents.
Hon Nandalwe (right) when he donated Ksh10,000 to Revival Prophetic Living Ministry Church in Butonge village, Sirisia. (PHOTO/COURTESY)
But why is Nandalwe so passionate towards these projects? Is it a way of early campaign to clinch the local seat during the 2022 general election?
“I am not campaigning at all. Leadership does not necessarily mean you must be elected.” Nandalwe told this publication
“Many people think that I am doing this to fight area Mp John Waluke but that is not the case. In fact, I have been encouraging the MP to continue working for the residents. The success of the people of Sirisia is my success because I grew up here but under very tough conditions including relying on well wishers to fund my education.”
Mr Nandalwe schooled at Friends School Kamusinga where he was expelled while in Form Two before joining Namwela Secondary School (both in Bungoma County).
He then joined Kenyatta University where he acquired a Degree in Political Science and completed his Degree in Law from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania the year 2016.
Residents in the area have hailed the leader’s efforts to fight poverty in the area.
“With such kind of selfless leaders, our area will improve a lot. I am so humbled with the way he is helping our children go to school.” Said a man identified as Baba Hilda, 38, when this writer visited the area on Tuesday.
“Fellow women have been trekking for long distances in search for water but now, Hon Nandalwe’s foundation is doing wonders to save our women.” Another resident Lilian Nasiuma, 29, told this writer.
Some of the new proposed members of the Foundation leadership include:
Moses Nandalwe – C.E.O
Job Lusabe – Chairman
Mwalimu Daniel – Vice Chairman
Maereen Katila – Secretary General
Carol Wafula – Projects Co-coordinator
Benard Kisongochi – Communications Director,
Renson Mauka – Public Relations, among others.
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