The objective of this project is to meet the community identified need for clean and accessible water. Emaiyian Maasai Women group from, Transmara district of Kenya on behalf of the community requested us as an organization to help them have clean water.
Water sustains all life. Her songs begin in the tiniest of raindrops, transform to flowing rivers, travel to majestic oceans and thundering clouds, and back to earth to begin again. When water is threatened, all living things are threatened.
Indigenous Declaration on water, July 8, 2001
The women have to wait for hours for the cows to water first they are not allowed to collect water as form 9am up to the time all the animals have had enough.
Water is life but for Nomadic and Agro Pastoralist of Kenya, it a resource that has seen death in their own door steps. Most of the time it is not available and where available is contaminated , and many at times too is a decision who has priority to the resource and here it is the livestock. These communities .have faced many problems due to lack of this basic human right’s need. Conflict within watering point for both livestock and human has become a daily routine for the communities. The resources are becoming more and more scars as we face climatical changes. Frequent droughts and lack of harvesting skills when in comes to rain water harvesting during heavy rains that come with floods has continued to be another greater challenge. Many times women have to live with long hours of looking for water and more so waiting at watering points for livestock to have water first. This increases the work lord and impacts of the health of the women and family as a whole. The long waits have cause conflict in families as demand for women to deliver on time is never met.
Heath for the communities and especially women and children is of great concern and many of them do not have access to clean water. The few water sources like this seen below are over used and used by almost everything and everybody as they are not protected.
LocationRift Valley Province, Kilgoris-Trans Mara, Kenya
Primary Focus: Rainwater Harvesting
Secondary Focus: Water Conservation
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 1,500
School Children Getting Water: 500
People Getting Sanitation: 1,500
People Getting Other Benefits: 1,500
Application Type: Project Funding
Start Date: 2009-08-03
Completion Date: 2009-08-06
Given that the community’s major objective is to get more accessible and clean water to the. This approach will be met by training the community in doing the following activities;
• Capacity Building for the community as a whole especially the elders, youth and women using the water to ensure that there is clear understanding and collective ownership of the project.
• Protecting the catchments area with fencing and grass planting to minimize contamination and damage to this fragile environment
• Permitting the natural flow of water to be move through a pipe, to allocate separate from, the source, to prevent further disturbances of the environment and allow for trouble-free collection of water for drinking and domestic use
• Allowing water to sent through a pipe and caught in a trough nearby allowing livestock and wildlife to have easy access
• Protecting the water from contamination by including a natural filter system inside, then sanitizing the water that is present and finally building a watertight concrete cap.
• Training the water care takers to ensure there is good maintenance of the water source and management of the whole water system.
The project training will be undertaken in one phase where the committee and capacity training for everyone will be done. The monitoring and evaluation will be done continuously
This a community well governed by traditional leaders and that is the reason why it is important to include them in our training so as the project can be owned by all and the community can see the value of and work together with the community and the women. So far we have had a meeting with both the women and the elders of the community and full cooperation and contribution in realizing the success of the project is expected.
The community as well as the organization interacts with government officials working in areas related to water for provision of technical advice on how to undertake the project
There will be capacity building training for community members on issues related to water and management committee will be trained on management aspects
Maintenance Cost: $0
Prior art before metrics
One US$ is 75kshs. Total budget requested 75,000kshs 1,000US$
Indigenous Information Network
1 Capacity Training on water harvesting, community dynamics and right to water 1 training Monitoring and Evaluation continuous Training for water committee and management TOTAL 75,000