Ndalani Project, Kenya
safe drinking water for thousands
In Eastern Kenya, we have funded a water purification plant to provide safe drinking water to a large rural community for up to 20,000 people. Water is pumped from the River Thika to the purification plant and after being filtered and cleansed, safe water is pumped through pipes to the surrounding rural community.
When we visited the area in 2005, there was very little safe drinking water available to the 100,000 strong community. The River Thika fills up in the rainy season in the rainy season and is the main source of water in this arid area. Boreholes seldom produce large amounts of drinking quality water. With the recent droughts over the last 10 years the crisis increased as the Thika River all but dried up.
In 2008, we embarked upon providing the water purification with the help of experts from GKN, our funding partner. When Board members Molly and Daniel Bedingfield visited again in 2010, the plant had almost been completed but the River Thika was completely dry and the people were desperate with stock dying and children starving. The Ndalani Project was providing an extra 3,000 local school children with meals every school day and 1 litre of water to take home to their mothers and family.
Returning in 2012, after heavy rains, the Thika River full, and the water purification plant fully functioning, the local community were beginning turn their lives around.
Our delivery partner currently provides education on sustainable farming for the local community in the region – roughly 100,000 people. As one of the main providers of organic French beans to Europe, our on the ground partner is also a leader in sustainable charity projects in Africa, and is able to cover 40% of the running costs for its national children’s work with 2,000 street kids and orphans… a remarkable feat!
Phase Two, Water for a further 80,000
We currently planning the next phase of development in the region where we are aiming to provide water to a further 80,000 people in the surrounding region.