Water Security for Communities in Kenya


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One Day’s Wages is partnering with Haller to transform 3 rural communities in Kisauni District, Mombasa by constructing wells to provide a continuous supply of potable water and ensure long-term water security to approximately 2,400 people.


Why Mombasa, Kenya?

Drought has plagued Kenya for the majority of the last 12 years and the repeated cycle of drought and insufficient recovery times limits community coping mechanisms. Kenya consists of 80% arid and semi-arid lands, which necessitates longer-term solutions to allow communities to withstand the impact of such environmental shocks. 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. We believe that wells are the key to a sustainable strategy to ensure water security. Wells are able to provide water for both drinking and farming during times of drought. They can also be deepened if necessary when the water table falls, providing a constant source of clean, potable water. This will create more manageable farming and improve the health of a community. Water accessibility through wells will ensure members are well enough to farm and provide livelihoods for themselves and their families.


ODW + Haller

One Day’s Wages is partnering with Haller to provide 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 will enable 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. The well will typically become a meeting point for the community, enhancing community cohesion and will provide an important venue for health and farming training.


Join us!

Join us in helping improve the life and livelihoods of the rural communities is Mombasa. The progress bar above includes our intended match amount of $18,848.50 for a total granting goal of $37,697.

Meet The Marimani Community

Marimani is isolated with little support as the government abandoned plans to construct infrastructure in the area in 2014. The nearest source of clean water was a well more than three miles away, a journey along a rough track over several hills. Many of the men had left to find work in the city and the women were left to provide for their children with no income source to pay for school fees or buy food. The women, led by Mama Mwenda, formed the Marimani community- based organisation (CBO) and applied to Haller for help. In 2017 their Haller Journey began. The women were paid to excavate their own rain-fed dam, providing them with a small source of income, and giving them a sense of ownership over their infrastructure. The completed dam was filled with rainwater during the rainy season and stocked with fish. A well was constructed to ensure a constant source of drinking water and an eco-loo built to improve sanitation.

The CBO was then trained in multi-crop farming at Haller’s Farmer Training School and their community farm plot is now flourishing and green. These amazing women have plans for beekeeping and the expansion of their fish farming business; already their fish stocks have doubled. The change in their livelihoods in a matter of months is substantial. “Working with Haller has meant we have a more reliable source of water and food, so we don’t worry about the next meal for our families and can spend money on school fees and uniforms,” says Mama Mwenda.

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