As part of our community transformation programme, we are working to provide safe drinking water to over 100,000 people in the Itinyi Valley, in the Tsavo Region of Kenya. This community has been trapped in a cycle of poverty over generations.
What we are doing right now
Situated in the corridor between the two Tsavo National Parks in one of Kenya’s driest regions, is a land of great beauty, where the local people are living in extreme poverty. Life is particularly difficult for the women who are raising families in very harsh conditions. Providing safe drinking water is one of the greatest needs, with women walking 10-20 km every day to find water it back to their homes in their fight for survival.
Our aim here in the Tsavo Project is to develop a highly impactful, holistic model of community transformation that can be replicated in other parts of Kenya, Africa and around the world.
With a goal to provide easy access to water for a population of 100,000 people over the next five years, we are initially working to ensure a community of 10,000 have access to water all year round. Clean water will mean that these people can also embrace the hygiene and sanitation practices that support preventative health care. It also creates opportunities for agriculture and farming activities. Ultimately, community transformation starts with water, as without water all sorts of constraints are placed upon the people.
By providing clean water access and distribution to a community, we open the door to numerous other initiatives. For example, we have built a large community resource centre run by the women. We’re funding small business initiatives for women, water collection points at schools and community centres, an IT training centre training women in business skills and the whole community in computer skills. We are developing agriculture, permaculture and shade netting projects run by the local women. We are helping the women build community through development of the Tumaini Women’s CBO and women’s co-operatives.
Banks in Kenya and micro-finance institutions have been charging 20-35%interest to these women. By providing loans at zero interest rates followed by a “pay it forward” 5% donation to help a fellow woman in the community, we are enabling them to set up small businesses, support their families and create hope for future generations.
We were fund a short-term emergency school feeding programme in a local school for two years, that was giving children a nutritious meal constituting 60%of their daily food requirement, for every day they go to school. The school grew and became the top performing primary school in area in 2016. We have released that programme to another organisation to continue. We are now focussed on developing a more sustainable initiative to run alongside schools, providing a shade house agricultural project complete with boreholes and rain water catchments.
It’s exciting to be part of such a dynamic project and we invite you to find out more and join us in helping empower and transform this community. Come on one of our trips and help build new classrooms in local schools and work alongside the Tumaini women.
Where we started
……what happened next
Where we are now
A word from Molly
“My life changed in a huge way when I visited Kenya in 2013… To be present when the local water holes dried up for the women in the Itinyi community, and to feel with them what it was like to have no water for drinking, washing, animals, household cleaning… no water for their children, and then to imagine walking 10-15 miles every day to get a small supply of water from other further away water holes…water shared with herds of cows… was deeply moving and motivating.
I couldn’t help but feel like the women were my sisters and the children were my children. I felt I must do everything I could to help them transform their situation. After meeting Mama Mercy I knew I had found someone with a heart of Gold – a real Angel who passionately cared for and loved all the people in her community. Finding her a dynamic leader with integrity and skills in building a team of women who could train other women, I knew I had found a soul mate and partner to work closely with. I also knew we would be successful in empowering and transforming this community so long as I could bring in the funding, philanthropists and skilled business people to partner with us.
Camps International is our dynamic on-the-ground partner here is Kenya. Together we are a force to be reckoned with. Students join Camps each year, volunteering for environmental projects and supporting development of schools and the local community.
Step Up and join us in this exciting project. Make us your charity and this your company project. Bring your students or colleagues here and work alongside us. Together we can do something amazing. “Molly Bedingfield
Founder and CEO
Global Angels Foundation
News from Tsavo, Kenya
Tsavo Water Update14th Sep 2016
Emergency School Feeding at Sasyeni School, Tsavo21st Jul 2016
Water in the Desert, The Tsavo Project, Kenya11th May 2016
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