We had a discussion with other counties, and we learned about the Revolving Fund with HELB. We also learned about counties that tried to do it on their own, to give scholarships as a Government and they were not successful. We wanted something that, in the future, will exist even when this Government is not there, so we went for a revolving fund and not scholarships. The County Assembly came on board with the Governor’s vision and put in place the relevant legislation to set up the Board smoothly, to make it the perpetual policy of the county Government and thus sustainable. They also partnered with HELB in order to tap into the institution’s working systems and perhaps be cautious of the two cases they saw where counties tried to go it alone and failed.
Sadly, Governor Joyce Laboso passed on in July 2019, leaving the baton to the current Governor, Prof Hillary Barchok. Governor Barchok has kept the partnership alive and acknowledges its importance since most counties lack the capacity, especially in assessing the needs that they have within their communities.