A Spring of Hope for Kenya

29 February 2016

A spring of hope for KenyaEvery minute, somewhere in the world, a child dies from a preventable water-borne disease. But you can help stop these unnecessary deaths and bring hope to communities.

The Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) initiative is taking the danger out of drinking unclean water for some of the world’s poorest countries. In Kenya, safe drinking water is scarce and dirty water sources lead to diseases such as cholera and dysentery.

On top of that, walking long distances (often up to 10 kilometres) to water sources each day is an arduous journey, with children missing school to help their parents carry the load on such a long walk.

From dust to new life

Through the WASH program, you have improved access to clean water and sanitation for 40 schools and their wider communities in some of Kenya’s most drought-prone areas.

Much-needed rainwater-harvesting tanks have been installed in eight schools, with another 355 tanks provided to households in five communities. Each school also received toilet blocks for the students.

Magdalene Kingi Kitheka, a widow with five children, had to buy water from her nearest water source 20 minutes away. When Magdalene had to go to the market to sell her crops, there would be no water for her children to take to school.

The new water tanks mean Magdalene can now concentrate on providing for her family.

“It has made a big difference to our lives. It has saved a lot of time and money that I used to spend looking for water. My children can now stay in school the whole day without worrying about food and water.”

Thank you for your support

Your generous donations, and the support of the Australian Government, have significantly impacted on many lives in poor Kenyan communities. Water, sanitation and hygiene are critical issues all over Africa, and by providing safe water we can bring life and hope to these communities. 

Thirteen-year-old Muthini King’oo no longer needs to worry about where to find his drinking water: “I shall work extremely hard to ensure I get good grades. This is because I will get to school fresh, unlike in the past when I had to carry a three-litre jerry can to school with drinking water.”

You can help continue this much-needed work, and stop children dying from preventable diseases, by supporting the Kenya WASH program.

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