Thwake Dam contractor gifts pupils in celebrating Chinese New Year
Wote, Makueni, Sunday, January 22, 2023
Officials from the China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) – the builders of Thwake Multipurpose Dam – on Sunday, January 22, 2023 gifted at least 120 learners drawn from three primary schools neighboring the dam in marking this year’s Chinese New Year.
The team, accompanied by Community Liaison officials and a section of PIT, visited Unyeeo Primary School in Mbooni Constituency, Mumbeeni Primary School in Makueni Constituency and Kinyaau Primary School in Kitui Rural Constituency where enthusiastic learners, teachers and pupils received freebies in
terms of cash.
Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. In Chinese, the festival is commonly referred to as the Spring Festival and is the time to worship ancestors and celebrate with loved ones. The holiday lasts for seven days.
The lunar new year is the most important annual holiday in China. Each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac in a repeating cycle, with this year being the Year of the Rabbit.
“We are happy to join the community today and gift pupils in three schools as we mark Chinese New Year. CGGC strongly believes in embracing and working with the community around this project and we will continue supporting several ventures,” said Mr Tang Yazhou, who headed the CGGC delegation.
He was accompanied by the Ag. Project Manager Li Shan and a group of officials from the company. Mr Li Shan added that CGGC is committed in supporting community initiatives and ensure well-being of members.
Teachers, parents and learners from the three institutions thanked Thwake Dam team for the support.
The Government of Kenya (GoK) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) through the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation are jointly funding and implementing Thwake Multipurpose Water Development Program. This is a Flag Ship Program under Vision 2030 of the Government of Kenya (GOK) and a key project under the Government Big Four Agenda.
The program comprises a multi-purpose dam for water supply, hydropower generation and irrigation development. It will also provide regulation of flows on River Athi downstream of the dam for flood control and drought mitigation. The program is being implemented in four phases.