On 5th February, 2017, a
convoy of Lion members from the Lions Club of Mombasa Pwani
together with Lion Dhirubhai Shah of Mabati Rolling Mills and
Premchand Foundation representative, the region’s Chairperson
Lion Tahera Biondi and zone Chairperson Lion Dr. Lata Magon,
contractors, donors and government officials officially handed
over one of the largest rain harvesting water pan to the
community of Madzimbani Village in Mariakani – Kilifi District.
This was the 15th Water Pan
by the Lions Pwani and is expected to benefit over
This water pan has been dug to capture
for rain harvesting and a special lining of sand stone (maji
ya chumvi) applied to prevent any loss of water.
The water pan size is approximately
100 meters × 50 meters in width with average depth of
three meters (Like an average Stadium), having a storage
capacity of almost 15 million litres of water.
Further two watering troughs for the
surrounding livestock were also constructed.
The approximate cost was Kshs. five
million which will now serve the local residents in the
The President Lion Vipul Patel joined
in with other dignitaries to plant trees to commemorate
The dam has also been designed to
capture flowing rain water which normally goes to waste
and so benefit the local community in their daily usage
and for planting crops.
Thousands of trees are also earmarked
for planting around the water pan through the joint
efforts of Lions club of Mombasa Pwani, the villagers
and the County Government of Kilifi.
Tree planting to commemorate the opening of the water
are Lion Shahid Sheikh (behind) ; Lion Kishore Parbat,
Lion President Vipul Patel, Lion B. T. Shah, Lion Dhiru
Shah, Lion Damu Shah, Lion Morara and Lion Mahendra Shah
The water pan was handed over amid
dance and songs from the villagers in presence of local leaders.
The President Lion Vipul Patel thanked
the Convenor of the project Lion Mahendra C. Shah, the donors,
Premchandbhai Foundation and Lion Dhirubhai Shah for managing
the whole project as well as the villagers for their warm
welcome and dance.
He further told the villagers that
trees are very important to bring rain to the area and should
refrain from cutting them down to make charcoal and should plant
more for the benefit of generations to come.
Lion President Lion Vipul Patel
thanked the donors and also gave a special appreciation to a
donor for his generous sponsorship.
He further reminded the villagers that
water was life and hoped that they will maintain it and so
benefit the generations to come.
Also present was Lion Dhirubhai Shah
our Club’s founder member and also a very highly respected
person in Mariakani area.
He reminded the community that Lions
Club of Mombasa Pwani had started their medical camps here many
years ago in this area and today Lion Pwani has still maintained
their sponsorship in Mariakani area together with Mabati Rolling
He was now in his 54th
membership years with Lions Club.
Lion Mahendra Shah gave a vote of
thanks to those who participated in the construction of the
water pan specially the contractor Mr. Gourave Nath for
tirelessly working to meet the deadline.
The ceremony ended with distribution
of free Unga (maize meal flour) for all the villagers present.