This Week in Kenya: World Water Day 2022 Report

This Week in Kenya: World Water Day 2022 Report

World Water Day Projects – March 22, 2022

World Water Day is on 22 March every year. It is an annual observance, started in 1993, that celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people currently living without access to safe water.

100 Humanitarians International started water projects in Kenya in 2017, when we built three rainwater capture systems with families in rural Kenya. The idea was to create a system to capture rainwater from their iron sheet roofs. 

Each system was successful, and to this day provide water for the families when it rains, as well as neighbors who are in need. 

The 3 Ways We are Helping with Water

In honor of World Water Day, we decided to work on 3 different water projects that would have a big impact in the communities we serve. 

1. 200 water tanks, 100 liters each, were delivered to families in Bomet by Anita Byegon.
2. A spring preservation project was started in Western Kenya that will support 300 people. Facilitated by Christine Sakali.
3. We began fundraising for a deep borehole to be drilled on the Maasai Mara, providing water for 25 villages in the surrounding area.

Clean Water is an Ongoing Challenge

The water challenges are constant, but we have a plan to create change, one person, one family, and one community at a time. You can help! Just click donate, and choose an amount that you want to donate, or become a monthly donor and make an ongoing impact.

Creating Clean Water Solutions in Kenya

Creating Clean Water Solutions in Kenya

The Problem – 1 out of 3 people do not have access to clean water

Clean water access is one of the biggest challenges the world faces. 1 in 3 people aren’t able to get enough clean water every day. In Kenya, where there are consistent droughts, the problem compounds. Many people get their water from springs that are in the ground, but when the springs dry out, there are no options.

In other areas, women walk up to 6 hours a day to fill their jerry cans with water, putting themselves at considerable risk of rape, being attacked by animals such as elephants and buffalo, or collapsing in the heat.

We met with a young mother with a toddler and a newborn, who had the added burden of needing to find someone to watch her children ever time she had to get water. She was about a mile and a half away, and has to walk to a spring where elephants also gather for water. Elephants are one of the biggest killers in Kenya, so she couldn’t put her children at risk.

We heard this story over and over again on the Maasai Mara, where we have been working with families since 2015.

The Possibility – 3 Options for Bringing Clean Water Closer to Families

We identified three ways that we could bring water closer to families, but it was going to take a lot of coordination and collaboration on the part of our teams in Kenya. First, our community directors identify springs that can be preserved. A spring preservation project consists of building a concrete containment system, with spouts for the water to come out when complete. This separates the water from the animals, which often are the reasons that people get water born illnesses.

Second, we identify families that have the capability of capturing rainwater from the roofs of their huts. They also can store extra water when they gather from their local sources, reducing the amount of time that they spend walking back and forth.

Third, we identify locations where we can bring in big rigs and drill deep boreholes for water. This is the most expensive option, but has the biggest impact on a community, because they can access water, even during a drought.

The Plan – Assess Families, Communities, and Options for Clean Water

Different communities need different solutions. For example, in Bomet, there are many springs that can be preserved, along with the skilled labor to accomplish the preservations quickly. We identify one spring each month that we can work on, and ask for donations to get the project done.

On the Maasai Mara, there are very few springs. Families and villages are far from each other, so drilling boreholes needs to be strategic based on the population and flow of walking traffic. We chose the option of fundraising $100 for a 1000 liter water tank for a family, with a goal of reaching as many families as possible who can capture rainwater.

When looking at areas for drilling boreholes, we want to make sure they are in an area where women will be able to access the water safely. Our goal is to partner with organizations focused on clean water, who are also working to identify locations where the boreholes are needed.

The Promise – Ten Families for Each Expedition Team

In order to stay consistent in our efforts to reach families, each of our expedition teams have a goal to raise $1000 for water tanks. They then have the opportunity to deliver them to the families when they visit. The teams can create their own fundraisers, and individuals can as well!

We have even hosted Walk to Water campaigns, where people in the U.S. track their walking for 6 weeks as they ask for donations.

Would you like to host your own fundraiser to help with our Clean Water projects? Just click the button!

Mentoring Families: World Water Day in Kenya

Mentoring Families: World Water Day in Kenya

World Water Day is an annual event on March 22nd, and this year, our team was in Kenya to install a Water Storage System at a school in a community called Nkareta, where we have worked for the past year and a half. Typically, when we install a Water Storage System, we will use a 3000 liter tank, but for the school, we opted for a 10,000 liter tank. Thanks to our Water Fundraiser on Facebook, we were able to raise the funds for it in time. The impact this will have on the school will be incredible, as rainwater will be stored in the upcoming rainy season.

 

In June 2018, we built and planted large Garden SaCs at the school, to provide vegetables and nutrition for the teachers and students. They have been eating from them, and harvesting since then. Without water to water the gardens during the dry season, it has been a challenge to keep them going, but they have managed. The Water Storage System will give them the additional water they need. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed! 

Since November 2017, we have installed four other Water Storage Systems, but they have all been at the homes of families that we are working with. We recently visited one of the families in Ntulele, and the tank has been wonderful for them, because when it rains, it provides water, and when it is dry, they can have water brought in and store it for longer for their family. Our goal is to continue providing water storage systems, hopefully 3-4 a year, for families. 

Our focus as an organization is to help families with economic development and self-reliance all over the world. Our projects are currently centered in Kenya, but our methods are duplicatable and can be implemented anywhere. 

We begin with teaching stewardship through gardening, which is a low-cost start up program that allows us to see if the family is willing to really work with us. The goal is to grow the garden for food, and sell the excess to help the family with additional supplies. We typically work with families who fall below the poverty line of living on less than $1.90/day. Through our training, we hope to bring them out of extreme poverty, and create sustainability. 

When a family shows good stewardship in growing the gardens, we provide them with a rooster and 5 chickens to start a small chicken breeding program. As an example, one family that we did this with grew their chickens to 40, and are now selling up to 35 eggs each day at 10 cents per egg. 

When a family can sell 35 eggs each day, they are now out of extreme poverty and above the poverty line, but we continue to expand with goats for milk as well as cows. 

While we continue to fundraise for these programs, we have launched a breeding program for chickens, goats and cows at the training center we built in Nkareta, Kenya. We started with 3 cows, 5 goats, and 50 chickens. We also have a community garden with 40 garden towers. 

We are now up to 6 cows, 20 goats, and 66 chickens. The money generated from this goes to help support the training center initiatives like fabric to sew school uniforms, and school fees for families. 

The Business Box for Families consists of gardens, chickens, goats, and cows, given to families along with mentoring and education on how to use the resources to generate the most income possible for their families.