As we work to provide water, we're committed to helping people like you meet your global neighbors and to realize that we all share the same basic needs. We hope to break down stereotypes and the false distinctions between the so-called winners and losers, rich and poor, the needy and charitable, by introducing you to the people we serve with the respect and admiration they rightfully deserve.

These are stories of hope, told in the words of those who carry out this work every day - our friends in the field.

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A Year Later: Nzung'u Hand-Dug Well

This well provides us with clean drinking water all year round. Distance to the water point has been reduced, saving us more time for household activities.

A Year Later: Nzung'u Sand Dam

Initially, we used to get water from a river which is three kilometers away. We used to line up for long hours but currently, we only take 30 minutes.

A Year Later: Karuli Hand-Dug Well

Clean water gives me and my family a clean bill of health. Same for every other member of the self-help group.

A Year Later: Karuli Sand Dam

Right now, we take less than 30 minutes to get our water. We also grow vegetables at our farms which we consume and sell, as well as at the nearby market. Neighbors and vendors come to get vegetables from our farms.

A Year Later: Kithuani Hand-Dug Well

I have been using this water to wash utensils, my clothes, cleaning the house and taking bath. The water is usually soft and clean which clears dirt from our clothes and the soap use is low compared to the hard water at the Muuthani River.

A Year Later: Kithuani Sand Dam

Life after this project has become very good because the distance to water points has decreased to less than a kilometer, and we use our time well. We have been able to run businesses, take care of our farms, and run our errands without stress.

A Year Later: Shilongo Primary School

Since the AfriDev pump was installed on this well, we have never gone back to the stream. We are now able to wash and clean our toilets and classrooms on time. Children drink water every time whenever they feel thirsty. They no longer have to go out of the school.

A Year Later: Shieywe Secondary School

Life has changed greatly in that the school is so neat, water is available at specific and convenient points which makes it easy to access by students, non-teaching staff, and even visitors who visit the school.

A Year Later: Friends School Chegulo

The population of Chegulo Friends Primary School has increased by around 150 pupils since the facilities were installed in the school. This is a blessing in disguise for the facilities attracted more pupils.

A Year Later: Kapkoimur Secondary School

By saving a lot of costs that were spent on water, we have been able to employ school workers to help in school activities.

A Year Later: Vinya wa Mwau Hand-Dug Well

Our water source has changed from an open earth dam to a protected shallow well, and the distance to the shallow well is less than a kilometer.

A Year Later: Vinya wa Mwau Sand Dam

It’s incredible to think that members of Vinya wa Mwau Self-Help Group and their neighbors had to walk over six kilometers to find water – and that water wasn’t even clean. Now, clean water is within a half kilometer from home.

A Year Later: Matoma Nyumba Kumi Hand-Dug Well

Since this project was completed, people have been asking to join our group because of the benefits they have seen: they’ve seen water brought closer to home, and the various trainings and exchange visits that we have been exposed to are things they’d love to take part in.

A Year Later: Matoma Nyumba Kumi Sand Dam

The water from the sand dam has enabled me to make bricks for constructing my house, and I sold 500 at eight shillings each and I got a total of 4,000 shillings. I used the money to pay for my school fees.

A Year Later: Mikuyuni Muumoni Sand Dam

My grandchild Cynthia Mwikali is in class eight and is ready to sit for her KCSE exams tomorrow. I am very optimistic about her good performance because she never wasted time like before, going to look for water for domestic use. She comes home from school and rushes for 10 minutes to get water, comes back, washes her school uniform, takes a bath and starts reviewing for her exams in time.

A Year Later: Kyandwiki Hand-Dug Well

The group members hope to install a community water tank at the nearby market, to which they would pipe and pump water from this well to sell to others. This would fetch good money for the group.

A Year Later: Kyandwiki Sand Dam

The water has boosted tree planting since the survival rate has increased compared to before. As you can see, our tree nursery is doing well and we are planning to transplant them to our farms

A Year Later: Kisaila Hand-Dug Well

When she would come home without water, this meant that we slept without cooking… but since the project inception, I find food ready. This enables me to eat, do my homework, then sleep early. My teachers have also commented on my performance and concentration in class and I am aiming to achieve higher marks in my next class.

A Year Later: Kisaila Sand Dam

Due to the water, we have established vegetable plots which provide us with vegetables, and our meals have increased from two meals a day to three meals.

A Year Later: Lurambi Church of Light

Since the pump was installed on the well, I now know I am drinking clean water. And for that reason, I don’t suffer from diarrhea like before.

A Year Later: Kakoyi Corner

We no longer have to wait for long to access the water. We are able to do other activities like farming because we have water available…

A Year Later: Kwa Mutunga Hand-Dug Well

My personal hygiene has improved and waterborne diseases like amoeba and typhoid have decreased since we drink treated water after the training my parents received. I have known how to store our drinking water and treat it before drinking. My school performance has increased because I don’t waste a lot of time going to fetch water.

A Year Later: Kwa Mutunga Sand Dam

We have planted vegetables at our homes which have improved nutrition for our families and they also fetch good income for buying other basic needs like clothes and paying school fees.

A Year Later: Mbindi Hand-Dug Well

I decided to start farming using water from the project, and I managed to grow spinach, kales and tomatoes. These vegetables we used to consume at home with my family and better yet, I could sell.

A Year Later: Mbindi Sand Dam

The project has enabled us to establish a tree nursery with almost 700 trees which we will sell towards the short rains and the income we will use to establish another nursery and cater for other family activities.