Sustainable Access to Water & Sanitation
Access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and basic hygiene are human rights. For generations, a lack of water and sanitation has profoundly compromised subsistence farmers and herders in the remote drylands areas of East Africa. This exposes vulnerable men, women and children to vicious cycles of famine, poverty, conflict and dependence on humanitarian assistance.
This year, our team continued to respond to the extensive need for improved water and sanitation services. Our Water for Life program has benefitted nearly 30,000 individuals in Kenya’s Baringo, Turkana and West Pokot counties and close to 8,000 individuals in Tanzania’s Morogoro district. This work has delivered real and meaningful changes for the most vulnerable families in drylands communities, including women and children who previously had to endure walking long distances in search of water and who benefit immensely from the time saved.
Our life-changing support includes the construction of innovative and sustainable water infrastructure, such as sand dams, shallow wells, rock catchments, water tanks, water kiosks and animal troughs. Activities last year also included drilling boreholes, installing plastic tanks in schools, rehabilitation of an earth dam, training community water management committees and promotion of community sanitation and hygiene.