H20 is District 1160 Water
Project for 2017 -2018
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.
Africa will work 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.
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.
a three year period, support from Rotary Clubs members will enable Gorta - Self
Help Africa to :
Rehabilitate existing water points
Install rain-water harvesting systems
Provide water point maintenance training
Promote better sanitation, and thus reduce water contamination
across the globe, and their commitment to support Gorta-
Help Africa’s Keringet Project is an example of that expression in action. Rotary
members across Ireland will embark on this three-year strategic partnership
with Gorta-Self Help Africa, and as a result will help to transform the lives
of thousands of rural poor families in Kenya.
the Rotary Foundation funds raised by Rotarians in Ireland will be enhanced. It
is estimated that the partnership will generate close to
in the years ahead.
Rotarians from around Ireland travelled to Kenya, and have seen at first hand
both the challenges affecting local people, and the solutions that their
support can deliver in the coming years.
backing of Rotarians continues a long tradition of Rotary Club support for
clean and safe drinking water - as Rotarians across the globe have partnered
with local development agencies to deliver safe, clean water for hundreds of thousands
of poor and marginalised people around the globe.