Local support for Kenyan Fresh Water project



The community of Kyanzonzo Unit Self Help Group in Mutamnda Village, Kavumbi, Athi, Mbooni East, Makueni County in Southeast Kenya have instigated the project supported by Sand Dams Worldwide (who are based in London). They wanted a source of all year-round clean water. This water will provide water for households close to the shambas, fields, animals, trees, subsistence, and cash crops and create a micro ecosystem which will be able to utilise the water and preserve and restore a natural environment which would support a large area in proximity to the sand dam.

Over 1500 people in the immediate area will benefit and eventually, when the water table becomes higher, other local communities may also benefit.

The local population will be trained and supported in building terraces along the banks to improve water retention and prevent soil erosion; drought resistant varieties of trees and vegetables will be grown in nurseries to create a sustainable supply of these plants in the future; Increased quantities and varieties of foodstuffs would be grown to improve the health of the population especially the children; less time would be wasted in traditional water collection methods so children will spend more time in education and adults could have more time to to invest in community development. The benefits are far reaching.

 Caterham Rotarian Geraint Jenkins is aiming to visit Kyanzonzo community to see how the area and people have hopefully benefited from our joint project. Plaques are being manufactured and placed around the site acknowledging the financial support from several Rotary Clubs including Caterham Rotary and local Charity, Caterham Overseas Aid Trust.

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