Project #145| Water Security for Communities in Kenya
Our partnership with Haller
Drought has plagued Kenya for the majority of the last 12 years. In February 2017, a national emergency was declared in Kenya as 23 of 47 counties were affected by drought. Approximately 15 million people in the Horn of Africa did not have access to safe drinking water in 2017. This resulted in an increase in death and diarrheal disease brought on by drinking dirty, untreated water. 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.
One Day’s Wages partnership with Haller provided access to clean water in the community of Jitegemee, and two new emerging communities. It is a part of Haller’s integrated community program called “The Haller Journey”, a scalable model for economic development. This program equips smallholder farmers with water security, materials and knowledge to farm the un-farmable and achieve a sustainable way of life. Well provision enabled the 3 communities, with approximately 800 beneficiaries each, to be more resilient in the face of frequent drought. Access to a clean, reliable, local water source will lead to a reduction in water related diseases, an improvement in nutrition as families can farm with certainty, and increased school attendance as children do not have to collect household water.
Our collective impact
People with Access to Clean Water
Community Members Trained on Health & Hygiene
Meet Mrs. Sharon
Mrs. Sharon aged 31 years old and seen on the far right of this photo, is and a member of Marimani Copy Self Help Group. “I used to get water for my family consumption from far, about 3 kilometers away from my homestead.” The water for drinking from the taps is unreliable and rationed, so Sharon was only able to fetch water two times a week. During dry seasons community members suffer the most as the taps can dry out for up to a month. Those who cannot afford to buy water end up having to walk long distances to get clean water or even drink unhealthy water from open ground water ponds. Since the construction of the well, Sharon has access to clean water much closer to her home– an abundant enough supply to meet all of her household needs. “Washing my families clothes, cleaning the house, dishes, bathing and for poultry drinking has now become easy and time saving. I am very grateful to the Haller Organization whom we requested for help and they heed to our cry, now I save a lot of time and do other activities since I don’t get tired looking for water.”
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 clean water & sanitation fund.