The Pokot Resource Centre is a new-to-build health and environment knowledge centre. It reaches out to the people of the isolated Pokot tribe with empowering awareness programs about HIV prevention, female genital mutilation, malaria and personal hygiene. The project also embeds a program on sustainable use of wind, sun and water.
The resource centre consists of a library, conference room, workshop and office. It is part of an integrated compound including: a fully equipped medical clinic that provides advanced medical support to 9.000 people; a fitted field ambulance unit with a radius that services up to 10.000 people; accommodation for about 150 overnight attendees; rain water processing facilities for drinking, irrigation and educational purposes; wind and solar powered energy generators; garbage incinerator and public sanitation.
The project is a combined effort of Dutch volunteers (Team Pokot), the Kenyan East Pokot Medical Project (EPMP) and the Pokot Community. Together with the EPMP, Team Pokot explored the local needs. Currently, due to lack of space, the EPMP health meetings are held in the church. Several locals feel unwelcome here, resulting in a low attendance. Therefor, there is a need for a public structure to host meetings in.