Project #100 | Water Security for Communities in Kenya
Our partnership with Haller
In Kisauni county, Kenya is the village of Guu Ngombe on the outskirts of Mombasa. As more and more people move towards the city in search of work, this area is increasingly becoming overpopulated which is putting pressure on the limited existing water supplies. Many communities near the Kisauni district, often only have access to water for 3 months in a year during rainy season. Outside of the rainy season, women and children are tasked with walking 3 to 4 hours a day to collect water or buy it from water kiosks managed by the Mombasa Council – and typically only buy enough water for their household and drinking needs. Without water for agriculture, the communities have not been able to participate in any farming activities.
Through our partnership with Haller, community members in Guu Ngombe gained access to water security through a community-constructed well for potable water, a rain-fed dam for all their agricultural needs and is a source of water for the fish farming activities which Haller teaches, and an eco-loo to ensure that the ground water supplies are not contaminated by human waste. By increasing their access to water and sanitation systems, community members can grow more food for their families and markets, save time by not having to walk long distances to access water, and live healthier lives with clean water and diversified diets. Community members were employed in the construction of the dam and thus maintain ownership and pride in the project’s success, while benefiting from its presence in the community.
Our collective impact
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Meet Chizi Chimbio
Chizi Chimbio is a mother of young children living in the Guu Ngombe village. Having relied on farming for a living without much success, she has greatly benefitted from the project as the new proximity of these facilities mean that she no longer has to travel long distances to fetch water for her family. Not only is Chizi now able to care for her children without having to travel upwards of two hours per day to fetch water, but she also now has ready access to sanitary facilities and toilets. Chizi is beginning to plant vegetables using the water from the newly-installed well and will try to sell any excess to help fund her children’s education. When asked, Chizi stated that she “thanks Haller for their dam, which has saved us from the long distances of 16 kilometers to and from [our source of] water. Our members and other villagers around have benefited a lot compared to weeks ago when all the water ran dry!”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our water & sanitation fund.