Kajiado Borehole Rehabilitation Project
The greater Kajiado district is located in southern Kenya and is one of the first sites that AMREF implemented health interventions, and it continues to be a focus area.
The Kajiado region is one of the driest places in Kenya, and reliable water sources are scarce for the over 180,000 people and 1.4 million domestic animals that live there. For the Masaai, the people who mainly inhabit this region, large herds of cattle are a sign of wealth, and overgrazing has led to loss of vegetation cover and soil erosion, further contributing to the rapid depletion of water sources.
Water coverage in Kajiado district is rated at 30% compared to the national rural average of 49%, and sanitation coverage is equally low at only 28%, while the national average is 52%. Aside from high prevalence of water and sanitation related diseases, women and children (particularly girls) have to walk long distances in search of water, usually from unsafe sources. Our work in this area continues to reduce the risk of water-borne illnesses and diseases.
- Ensuring access to clean drinking water through partnership with the communities to develop and/or rehabilitate boreholes
- Building community capacity to operate, maintain, and manage sustainable water sources
- Partnering with the community to promote hygiene through the construction and use of sanitation facilities
- Supporting communities to prevent malaria through education and use of ITNs (Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Nets)
- Promoting safe hygiene practices through training of TOTs (Trainer of Trainers)
- Documenting and sharing best practices and lessons learned
- 47 boreholes rehabilitated in partnership with the communities and the government of Kenya
- 47 borehole management committees democratically elected to sustainably manage the boreholes using water sales revenue under 10 clusters
- 94 borehole operators (2 per borehole) trained on operation and maintenance
- Formation and capacity building of one umbrella CSO (Civil Society Organization) to work with the 10 cluster committees in the coordination of the overall management of the boreholes, advocacy for water rights, and other related issues
- 40 VIP (Ventilated Improved Pit Latrines) toilets and bathrooms constructed in 10 borehole sites
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