A group of about 500 Kenyans living in the diaspora has embarked on a multi-billion-shilling project in Voi, Taita Taveta County.
Under the ambitious project dubbed Diaspora University Town (DUT), the group seeks to build a university, a hospital, and schools on a parcel of land donated by the ancestral community of Voi.
Conceived in 2006, the project has so far created hundreds of job opportunities for hundreds of residents and aims at improving the education and health sector as well as eradicating poverty and early pregnancies.
Dr. Phillip Musila Mutisya, a professor of education at North Carolina Central University, recently led the diaspora group in touring the site of the Sh100 billion project.
“The key milestone to success is to build a firm foundation in education. We can only achieve our goals by coming together and building a university, schools, and technical colleges and more so, improve on the health sector by coming up with equipped health facilities,” Dr. Musila said.
He added: “Irrespective of the good number of casual jobs we have created so far, we intend to create over 20,000 jobs which will be opened to all Kenyans. This will positively change the livelihoods of residents’ surrounding.”
"Many residents have voluntarily embraced the project and we have already enrolled them with NHIF and it is an initiative that has made them afford a smile with the daily wages they receive."
Another DUT founding member Dr. Christopher Kimaru, the professor of police and administration at North Carolina Central University, expressed satisfaction with the progress of the project.
Dan Kamau a project strategist and Executive trustee said, “The residents have provided major support by embracing the initiative, and in return, it will benefit them too.”
DUT, which is being built on a 3,000-acre land, is expected to host 90,000 residents, 30,000 students, 500 SMEs.