A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to construct a new sand dam and hand-dug well for Mitini Community in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow our local teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – and we’re excited to share this one from local team member Lilian Kendi with you.
In the past year, community members have experienced enormous change. There is now a lot of water which they have used for farming and for improving their hygiene and sanitation. The water levels have increased thanks to the sand dam, and their shallow well is being utilized for access to clean water. And thanks to that, there are fewer cases of waterborne diseases being reported in the region.
"The environment has changed. It is very cool and serene with very many trees growing in the area along the river bed. There have been great improvements especially on hygiene and sanitation since the training that was conducted," said Kyalo Wambua.
Construction of the well and sand dam is only one step along the journey toward sustainable access to clean water. The Water Project is committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by donors like you, allows us to maintain our relationships with communities by visiting up to 4 times each year to ensure that the water points are safe and reliable.
This is just one of the many ways that we monitor projects and communicate with you. Additionally, you can always check the functionality status and our project map to see how all of our water points are performing, based on our consistent monitoring data.
One project is just a drop in the bucket towards ending the global water crisis, but the ripple effects of this project are truly astounding. This project in Mitini is changing many lives.
Water from the shallow well is very fresh for drinking. The spring of water near the sand dam has plenty of water, a phenomenon that has not been observed in a long while.
"The access of water has been made easy through the implementation of this water project in our community," said Hannah Kasiola.
"The water is very fresh with no salinity. I have managed to establish a small vegetable garden due to the availability of water, this has also helped in improving my diet at home."
This is only possible because of the web of support and trust built between The Water Project, our local teams, the community, and you. We are excited to stay in touch with this community and support their journey with safe water.
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