Mandera district of Kenya has in recent years suffered a great water shortage, which
has been compounded by cyclic droughts. The rainfall is highly erratic and unreliable,
making the area one of the worst affected regions with severe food insecurity resulting
from the lack of rain.
Thanks to your generous donations, Islamic Relief implemented a project to minimize
water scarcity through the installation of water facilities, bringing water from
underground, in five sites across the Mandera district
In addition to installing new facilities, local Water Users Associations have been
trained in the management and organisation of these new facilities, which ensures
that they can be safeguarded in the long term. Local community members were also
directly and actively involved right from the start and during the implementation
period of this project through Islamic Relief’s cash for work programme
At each of the five sites, a water storage tank, a Power house, and four water kiosks
have been constructed.
The project has had the following impact on the local communities:
Over 75,000 people directly benefit from this project with easy access to
safe drinking water
Over 200,000 livestock also benefit from the project, as their watering points
are now closer than before.
Accessibility to a water source for the communities, has decreased from an average
of 2km to within 150 metres
80% of the beneficiaries’ children now go to school; whereas previously,
they couldn’t go as they had to spend their days searching for water. This will
improve their future and also improve their communities in the longer term.
Hygiene and sanitation levels have significantly improved and the occurrences
of water and sanitation related diseases have been reduced.
The distance to water supply has been greatly reduced; increasing women’s time for
other important activities like appropriate child care; improving the nutritional
wellbeing of under 5’s.
Water availability has allowed for the creation of kitchen gardens, which are businesses
by locals. This is being done under Islamic Relief’s Livelihoods
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