Giving Update: Syatu Community Sand Dam

October, 2019

A year ago, your generous donation helped Syatu Community in Kenya access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Serah Muthiani. Thank you!

Giving Update: Syatu Community Sand Dam

Syatu community members are elated about the water project that was constructed in their area a year ago. The sand dam and shallow well provide water for the inhabitants of this community. The water is very fresh for drinking and the environment has improved as it is greener and serene.

“Fetching water is very fun and it is available at any time of the day. We are now at a very comfortable zone of life – a place we never thought we’d ever be,” said Serah Muthiani, a 45-year-old farmer who uses the well.

“We are happy!”

People now walk half as far to access water as they used to. The improved access to water has greatly contributed to the improved state of living. Less time is expended in pursuit of water as it takes up less than 20 minutes to draw water from the shallow well.

“The distance covered to fetch water is so short that the chore is very enjoyable. Parents even feel comfortable sending their children to fetch water because the source is near and very safe for them,” said Bernard Wambua.

“We also use the water for planting vegetables and molding bricks for construction of better houses, and for sale. The water is beneficial to all community members.”

Levels of hygiene and sanitation are getting better and there are fewer complaints of waterborne diseases. Most community members stated that they are cleaner because they can fetch clean and cool water for fresh baths. These members were very happy about the project, observed our field staff after a recent visit.

In addition, the community members have utilized the water for intensive farming as they have a vegetable garden adjacent to the water source. The vegetables are both for domestic and agribusiness purposes. Their environment has changed as it is greener and cooler. They also have very healthy vegetables planted beside the water project which signifies improved dietary intake at their homesteads.

“There’s plenty of water and the water table has really risen. At this time in previous years, we would be worrying about where to fetch the next jerry can because most of the water sources would be dry,” said Ms. Muthiani.

“The sand dam and shallow well project have tapped a lot of water which we are using for farming. My mangos are doing very well and I have also planted a lot of sugarcane for sale.”



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