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Transforming a Community: Safe Water in Kenya

Ron Denham, ChairWater & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group

United Nations - November 2011

Jim Goodrich, President, Rotary Club of Groveland, CA


The Background:

  • 1.2 million people in the Rift Valley region around Nakuru lack access to safe water during the dry season.

  • Women and children trek up to 6 km several times a day carrying polluted water for their families.




Then they receive materials to build the rainwater collection and storage cisterns
Then they receive materials to build the rainwater collection and storage cisterns:


Rainwater harvesting frees collection and storage cisterns:women from the chore of hauling water; the micro-bank lends them money to start small businesses!!!




This program is not merely providing water, it is enabling the community to improve life and livelihood:

  • Women are creating economic value.

  • Micro-banks give people confidence and hope.

  • Crops and livestock flourish.

  • Food supply is assured, poverty reduced.

  • Children are healthier.

  • Women are sending their children to school.


This program is successful because it is the community to improve life and livelihood:owned by the community:

  • The Nakuru Rotary club invested in the people, not in technology.

  • The Rotary Community Corps extended the club’s reach into the smallest villages.

  • Rotarians made a multi-year commitment.

  • The club trained and employed skilled people.

  • Households committed money and labour!!!


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