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It was pomp and colour as Magarini School for Early Childhood Education, a project under Hazina Ya Maendeleo ya Pwani (HMP), was handed over to the Kilifi county government on January 8, 2018. The school in Mpirani ward has four classrooms and is set to provide a firm foundation for children joining school for the first time.

The handing over ceremony held at Magarini School, and attended by residents and county officials, was led by KMFRI team headed by CEO Prof James Njiru, KCDP Manager Dr Jacqueline Uku and Livelihood Component Manager Dr Melckzedeck Osore, among other staff.

KCDP manager Dr Jacqueline Uku and KMFRI Director Prof James Njiru in a jig during the Magarini function.

The officials included Chief Officer Early Childhood Education Mr James Angore, who was the chief guest, Director for Environment Natural Resource Management and Waste Management Ms Elizabeth  Sidi, sub-county administrator Mr Silas Ngundo, area MCA Mama Elinah Mbaru and Magarini ward administrator, emceeing the event, Mr Mussa.

Other projects initiated by CBOs that were also handed over to the Kilifi community include Dabaso Community Resource Centre & Training Grounds on Mangroves, Msabaha Vitongoji Community Portable Water Supply, Kaembeni Water Pan Project, Laloni Community Based Demonstration Farm Project, Marafa Hell’s Kitchen Project, Hygiene for Health and Prosperity and Magarini Disabilities Project. The programmes, rolled out by the Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP), were implemented under Livelihood Component headed by Dr Osore, a senior researcher at KMFRI.

Representatives of the CBOs were issued with certificates in recognition of their efforts towards the projects.


KMFRI donates books to Magarini School

KMFRI Director/CEO Prof James Njiru handed over to Mpirani community books that Board of Management Chairman Prof. P. Aloo-Obudho had promised to donate to the Magarini ECDE School. Speaking during the handing over event, Prof Njiru said the books will lay a firm foundation in ECDE.

For his part, Chief Officer Early Childhood Education Mr James Angore, who was the chief guest, said ECDE provides equal chances for all children to access education. This comes as the national government rolled out the new education system – 2-6-3-3 – which kicked off in January this year. The new system focuses on children’s talent, values and integrity. Sub-county administrator Mr Silas Ngundo thanked KMFRI for her contribution towards the project. Area MCA Mama Elinah Mbaru warned residents against marginalising women, saying both men and women have equal rights to education.

Summary of the project

Dabaso Community Resource Centre & Training Grounds on Mangroves

The programme, under Dabaso Creek Conservation Group CBO, was registered in 2005 and has a membership of 34 women. The project is keen on conserving the environment and the available resources, and has been spreading awareness on the importance of managing the available resources in Mida Creek sustainably. The group has established nurseries, an activity that was funded by Toyota Japan in collaboration with Kwetu Training Centre. This has also increased mariculture activities in an effort to increase supply of sea food to hotels and constructed a board walk, and a restaurant banda funded by County Development Trust Fund to promote eco-tourism in the community. The project is expected to stabilise the coastline, reduce erosion, current, waves and tides.

 Msabaha Vitongoji Community Portable Water Supply

The project, under Msabaha Vitongoji Community, was registered in 2012 and has a membership of 60 women.  It hopes to fully end water shortage problem by sinking three boreholes in three different locations in Msabaha. The group has participated in tree planting to support environment conservation efforts. More than 1,000 community members are set to benefit from this project, saving them long hours spent travelling in search of water. The group will charge a small fee of Sh2 per 20 litre jerrican to help sustain the project.

Kaembeni Water Pan project

The programme, implemented by Sote Pamoja Self-Help Group, was registered in 2005 and has a membership of 15 women. Its goal is to promote commercial farming to boost the community’s income. Members have been active in excavating water pans, establishing nursery trees and transplantation to conserve the environment. Its objectives are to ensure the people of Kaembeni get access to water and increase tree cover with availability of water for irrigation. The group hopes to achieve this by de-silting the water pan, strengthening its banks, fencing it and planting trees around it. Improved access to water will benefit about 20,000 people from Gongoni, Magarini and Fundisa areas. The water will see more tree nurseries established and forest cover increase. The community will be required to de-silt the water pan or contribute a small fee towards de-siltation to ensure sustainability of the project.

Laloni Community Based Demonstration Farm Project

The programme, under Laloni CBO, was registered in 2009 and has a membership of 13 women. The group has been working towards increasing tree cover in Malindi to conserve the environment. Members have also taken up carpentry as an alternative source of livelihood. Lately the community in Takaye has been on a fruit tree cutting spree, which raised concern. This prompted the Laloni CBO to educate the people on the importance of trees, especially mango, coconut and cashew nut trees in environment conservation, and as a source of food. More than 200 farmers will be trained on how to establish orchard farms and how to manage the farms. An estimated 1000 community members will directly benefit from the project.

Marafa Hell’s Kitchen Project

The initiative by Marafa Hell’s Kitchen Tour Operators Association was registered in 2005 and is comprised of 21 members, seven being women. The group’s activities include tour guide services at Marafa Hell’ Kitchen, tree planting, promoting bird watching and biodiversity monitoring, bee keeping and restaurant business. The tour guide services raise money to fund education for needy students. The CBO’s objectives include marketing Hell’s Kitchen as an eco-tourism site, rehabilitation of degraded areas, establish a central area for garbage collection at Marafa Town, and improve the community’s living standards by creating jobs. Increased revenue collection will also see the number of students receiving bursaries increase from the current 39 to 100 students. Over 100 community members will get employment as tour guides and a farther 120 will be involved in performing for visitors and selling handcrafts. 

Hygiene for Health and Prosperity

The initiative under Baptist Care and Support CBO was registered on June 24, 2008, and is comprised of 20 members, 10 being women. The objectives of the group are to reduce the risk of diseases caused by poor sanitation, work towards eradicating jiggers in the community, and spread awareness on proper health practices among the marine business community. Increased awareness on campaigns will improve the hygiene conditions, reduce jigger infestation, enabling more children to access education. The Mijikenda beach is one of the most beautiful beaches along the north coast and will reclaim is spot again with the frequent cleaning and conservation efforts.