A Year Later: Improved Food Security!

May, 2022

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A Year Later: Improved Food Security!

Bonface Kilonzo, a 22-year-old farmer, shared what life was like before a sand dam was installed in his community last year. “Water scarcity in this area was extremely rampant and forced us to walk several kilometers to purchase water from the distant borehole, which was mostly overcrowded and could dry up during the long drought periods. The acquired water was also contaminated due to animal and human contamination, thus exposing us to typhoid, stomach aches, diarrhea, and more. Water also had to sparingly [be] used at home, which adversely impacted hygiene and sanitation.”

But since the sand dam was built last year, a hand-dug well was able to be installed, changing Boniface’s life. “This water point has ensured I no longer have to walk several kilometers in search of water because it’s only a few meters away from my home. I now devote all my energy and time to farming because there is no exhaustion or time wastage from walking to the previous water points. Crop yields have also improved because there is adequate water from the implemented project to irrigate our crops and vegetables.”

He continued, “My dream of cultivating onions is now possible because there is enough water to irrigate them. I prefer planting onions because they are not perishable, do not require any treatment, and fetch a better market price. This will allow me [to] improve my food security and source of income.”

Boniface, with the sand dam behind him, drinking water from the community well with student Munyao.

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