Help provide clean, safe water to 2,500 vulnerable people and cut disease rates – particularly for women and children.
Why we care: In northern Kenya, women and children walk almost an hour a day just to reach a water tap. Dirty water also fuels disease and chronic poverty.
How we’re solving this: Working with communities and government authorities, we aim to deliver sustainable water supplies to drought-prone communities.
Building on the work undertaken in the last two years, this project’s activities include constructing boreholes and shallow wells, replacing diesel pumps with solar or hybrid (combined solar and diesel) pumps, and refurbishing existing water points. The project is also enhancing the skills of the water management groups in running and maintaining the facilities.
Increased supplies of safe water are already helping to reduce the incidence of cholera and diarrhoeal diseases, and maintain the health of communities’ livestock, the basis of many people’s livelihoods. In various locations people have been able to diversify into crop production and small trading businesses, partly because of the reduction in time spent in fetching water. This has also enabled more children to regularly attend school.
“We use water from the borehole to irrigate the crops, so we no longer rely on food distributions.” Florence Amekui, 32 year old mother of four