More than one billion people across the globe do not have access to safe clean drinking water - millions of them in Africa.
The absence of water has far reaching effects - on health and well-being, on the time and energy that must be spent on gathering and transporting water, and on the ability of rural poor households to irrigate their crops, and provide water to their livestock.
Gorta-Self Help Africa working with Rotary in Ireland on a programme to provide improved access to water for thousands of households in Keringet, a drought affected area in the far north of Kenya’s Rift Valley Province.
The partnership, over three years will see Rotarians invest up to $300,000 in a range of water development activities that will be carried out by Gorta-Self Help Africa alongside existing agricultural development activities in the region.
The wide-ranging programme of activities are being designed both to provide local schools and people with access to clean and safe drinking water, to provide water for irrigation and livestock, and to prevent contamination of water sources.
Over a three-year period, support from Rotarians, will enable Gorta - Self Help Africa to:
• Drill bore-holes
• Rehabilitate existing Springs
• Install rain-water harvesting systems, gutters, down pipe, water tanks etc
• Provide water point maintenance and training
• Promote better hygiene and sanitation
Several Rotarians from around Ireland travelled to Kenya and have seen at first hand both the challenges affecting local people, and how their support can transform communities.
The backing of Rotarians continues a long tradition of Rotary Club support for clean and safe drinking water.