[19th November 2012]

KENYA KAZUSABORI WELL PROJECT CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

H.E. Ambassador Benson Ogutu awarding the 1st Prize Winner's Cup to Mr. Katsuhiko Arizumi from Rotary Club of Tokyo Marine

H.E. Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu participated in a Charity Golf Tournament held at Zuen Country Club in Chiba Prefecture on 7th November 2012. The event was organized and sponsored by the Tokyo Hiroo, Tokyo Shirokane and Tokyo Den-enchofu Rotary Clubs and was attended by over seventy people.

The event aimed at raising money to help Kazusabori Well Projects in Kenya, which are being undertaken by the International Water Project (IWP) with support of the above three Rotary Clubs. During the Charity event, a total amount of JPY526,400 was raised. This will further boost the expansion of IWP activities in Kenya.

While addressing the Charity event, H.E. the Ambassador informed that water remained a major challenge in most rural areas in Kenya where 80% of the population resided. He thanked the three Rotary Clubs and participants for their contributions that would go a long way in supporting the Government's effort in addressing the challenges of access to clean water.

The Kazusabori System is a Japanese original and unique technology of digging deep water wells by hand to supply local community with fresh and clean water. The IWP Kazusabori Project was first introduced in Kenya in 2002 and has hitherto succeeded in constructing over 70 boreholes in the Coast, Rift valley and Western regions of Kenya (35 in Funyula, Samia District; 34 in Loitokitok District; and 2 in kaloleni District). The IWP Project had also succeeded in transferring the Kazusabori technique to the local people. The advantages of the Kazusabori technology are that it uses 100 per cent local tools and materials, employs human power, cost effective and eco-friendly.

H.E. Ambassador Benson Ogutu awarding the Best Gross prize to Mr. Fusao Befu, of the Rotary Club of Tokyo North on 7th November, 2012

H.E. the Ambassador (seated at the center) pose for a group photo with participants to the Charity event on 7th November, 2012.

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