The Water Project

Kenya

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    THE GOAL

    Raise $30,000 for The Water Project to construct community solutions for safe water.

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    START DATE

    March 2018

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    COMPLETION DATE

    February 26th 2019

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PROJECT 1 RESULTS

The Kithumba Community sand dam is complete! Our donation helped to provide a new source of water for the Kithumba community by way of sand dam. It's a system that will give the local community access to naturally filtered water.

About the Project

Sand Dam in the Kithumba Community

With each sand dam lasting 50+ years, they provide an invaluable resource to the community. Not only do they provide a source of clean water, but they also provide food security and income generation. Most importantly, the sanitary water provided by the sand dams help to keep the community's people healthy.

The sand dam was constructed on a riverbed, which allows for the build up of sand — raising the water table and natrually filtering water.

What makes the sand dam even more beneficial to this community? It brings water closer to homes, so that community members, including children, don't have to travel extensive distances just to get clean drinking water. Not only that, but the clean water will help with agriculture, which will further help the community thrive.

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    THE GOAL

    Teach community members about water treatment and hygiene.

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PROJECT 2 RESULTS

People throughout the community have learned proper water treatment techniques, latrine hygiene, handwashing, and even how to make soap — an invaluable skill.

About the Project

Taking advantage of clean water by teaching hygiene

Lack of hygiene is cause for many illnesses and diseases in areas like the Kithumba Community. With the sand dam that we were able to help build, community members also had a crash course in water treatment and how to avoid water contamination at every step of the water collection process.

Not only that, but community members learned how to make soap, which is a huge benefit to the community — helping aid in good hygiene and health. They were provided clean water, a basin and a stirring rod, along with soap-making ingredients — enough to make 60 liters of soap!

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