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Q2 Project Highlight

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We can’t believe it’s almost summer! This year is flying by and thanks to your support, we have already completed 49 projects with 26 currently under construction! That’s amazing and it’s all thanks to our incredible supporters and fundraisers – folks like YOU!

16-kenya4475-fetching-waterOur quarterly project highlight features our Southeastern Kenya WaSH program and a new well for the Kilala North Self-Help Group. As summer approaches and temperatures start to soar in the U.S., this program helps farmers in arid lands in Kenya gain access to clean water as well as improve their income and food security. The program mission is to enable communities to conserve soil and water by building sand dams and dug wells, digging terraces, planting trees, and developing farms.

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Meet Nduku

We’re excited to share a new story from 12 year-old Nduku Muthoka of Malaa Primary School in Kenya. Nduku’s school received a rainwater catchment system and latrines in December 2015. Learn how clean water has affected her daily life!

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“I no longer carry water to school since we already have a water tank. Before the tank was constructed, we used carry water to school daily. Failure to do so resulted in severe punishment by our teachers. We only depended on a spring and that was always congested all the time because it was shared by the whole village around here. Sometimes, we would be ejected from class to go fetch water. This interrupted our studies and led to poor performance by most of us. One time, my friend Mutheu Mwikali had stomach aches from drinking dirty water and she failed to attend school for several days.”

Now that Nduku and her classmates have clean water at school, their lessons are never interrupted. “We now have access to clean water all year round. We can plant trees and flowers in our school compound.” And, the health of the students has been positively affected as well. “Water borne diseases have gone down. We now wash hands after visiting the toilets.”

Nduku’s grades have even improved! “I used to score an average of 330/500 marks in my last year’s exam and now I have improved to 350/500 marks. This is because I have freedom to read without interruptions.”

To read Nduku’s full story, click here.

 

Q1 2016 Project Highlight

We’re excited to report 2016 is off to a great start! This quarter, The Water Project and our partners have completed 25 projects with 35 currently under construction! That’s amazing and it’s all thanks to our incredible supporters and fundraisers – YOU!

Our quarterly project highlight comes to us from Chimoroni Primary School located in the center of Chimoroni Community in Kakamega, Kenya. This project was a rehab which means a broken well was repaired. You can read more about rehabs here.

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Because of our Monthly Donors

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Kankalay Primary School in Sierra Leone has too many reminders of Ebola. The Water Project completed a water and sanitation project here in 2011, and the photo you see above is of the toilets installed for the school. When Ebola was at it’s worse, this whole area became a treatment center.

If you look closely you’ll see where medical equipment and linens infected with Ebola were burned against the building. Students are still using these facilities, and the accompanying water well is providing safe water – thanks to your support!

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