Excellent Development

Improving access to water for people and wildlife

We are raising funds to build four sand dams in the drylands of southeast Kenya, where severe water scarcity is contributing to widespread poverty and threatening wildlife populations, to improve access to water, enhance food security and increase resilience to climate change.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094478)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£100,000

Amount raised

£100,465

Donations

346

Championed by The EQ Foundation

    Categories

  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • OtherOther

Location

Kenya

Situation

The drylands of southeast Kenya are characterised by frequent and severe droughts. Climate change is intensifying these droughts, posing a real threat to rural communities and causing widespread food and water insecurity. During dry periods, people can spend up to 12hours daily fetching water, leaving them little time for farming or to go to school. Wildlife too are suffering the consequences. In 2017 a drought caused 300 elephants in Tsavo National Park (Kenya’s largest national park) to die.

Solution

A sand dam is a sustainable rainwater harvesting technique which can store up to 40 million litres of clean water, replenishing every rainy season. Sand dams also lead to healthier, more productive environments as they recharge groundwater levels, in turn promoting vegetation regrowth and reducing soil erosion. We will support 2 rural communities in Ukambani to build a sand dam and receive farming support. A further 2 sand dams will be built in Tsavo to improve water access for wildlife.

  • Before our sand dam project the water point was very far. Sometimes we would leave at 3am to reach the river in time to come back and continue with our tasks. We lost a lot of time and energy walking to that place. But now we have water very close, so instead I use that time to develop my farm.

    — Julianne Daudi, Chairwoman, Kavili community, southeast Kenya

  • Thanks to the sand dams that we have built we can now access water for farming, drinking and for administering proper hygiene and sanitation at our homes. The diseases that most community members complained about such as typhoid and amoeba are a total bygone, as the water from the sand dam is clean.

    — Felix Mbuvi, Kyamukulu community, southeast Kenya