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Harambee Gwassi Kenya: Project area"The earth and the water we have, not have been given by our fathers, but borrow it from our children" (Swahili proverb)

Peninsula Nyandiwa

Gwassi, Suba District, South Nyanza

The Nyandiwa peninsula is located on Lake Victoria and is part of the Suba District (Gwassi Constituency, one of two electoralconstituencies in Suba District) in western Kenya.
It's crossed by the equator, but the climate is tempered by the height (always above 1000 meters) and the proximity of the lake. The nearest town is Homa Bay and the capital Nairobi is far away about 500 km. This area, in southwest part of Kenya around Lake Victoria, is named Nyanza Province, one of Kenya's eight administrative provinces, that derives its name from Nyanza, a Bantu word which means a large mass of water. It's inhabited predominantly by the Luo tribe. There are also Bantu-speaking tribes such as the Gusii, the Kuria and a few traces of the Luhya living in the province. The provincial capital is Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya: Barack Obama, Sr., was born in the Nyanza Province. He's the father of the President of the United States Barack Obama.

IKSDP (Italian Kenyan Scout Development Project)The IKSSDP Harambee project area covers about 500 square kilometers. with about 140 inhabitants per square kilometer; Nyandiwa and Kikubi are on the lake about 1200 meters high; in front of there is the Kiwa island and the other villages in the near hills, which can reach 2000 meters high.
Since 1991, the aqueduct built by the volunteers of Project Harambee provides drinking water, but infrastructure and communications are poor or nil. There are a few dirt roads and no public transport, except for a few fishing boats that connect the island of Kiwa.The local economy is based almost exclusively on fishing, but the lack of equipment for the conservation of fish and the bad weather, alternating periods of drought with torrential rains, hindering the development of trade and agriculture. Nutrition is poor and the lack of hygiene education are factors that aggravate the health situation, conditioning the diffusion of HIV infection and epidemics (in typhus, cholera and malaria also bilharzia, a tropical disease of the intestinal tract).

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