Kenya: Water on tap

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Eight-year-old Etirae Nakali smiles as the first drops of fresh water are piped out of the borehole in the village of Nawoyatir in the Lapur district of Lokitaung in Turkana.

Help provide clean water in Kenya

A few pounds can help bring reliable supplies of clean, safe water to thousands of families, many of whom put their lives at risk every day, having no option but to drink from contaminated wells.

Your donation can do something brilliant

It will go to fund innovative ideas such as replacing expensive, outdated diesel water pumps with solar-powered versions. It will also enable our engineers to drill new - and environmentally sustainable - boreholes, such as near Nawoyatir in Turkana. Here, villagers like Ipoo Ngachara and Helen Ewoton, can now collect clean water.

Mum-of-five, Helen is already experiencing the benefits. "I cannot count the years that I've had to fetch water from shallow, hand-dug wells. They're hard to keep clean and we get diseases from these scoop holes. I know of someone who fell sick and died of cholera.

"The goodness of the borehole is that it provides clean water. It will bring good health and hygiene at home and reduce diarrhoeal diseases."

What your money can buy

£92 is enough to train one village pump mechanic to help maintain the water pump and ensure that the community has access to clean water.

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Ipoo Ngachara collects fresh water from the borehole in the village of Nawoyatir in Turkana, Kenya.

Photo: Kieran Doherty

A bit of background

Turkana, Kenya's largest region, regularly experiences drought-related emergencies. Less than half of its population, mostly nomadic herders and small-scale farmers, have a nearby source of water. Generally, people have to travel almost an hour to find even a basic, hand-dug well, which is often contaminated. So, water-related diseases are common - including killer illnesses such as cholera and diarrhea.

Although recognising the problems, the authorities just don't have the money to improve the situation.

How we're helping

With your support, we've been working to build new, environmentally-sustainable water points, which will be managed and maintained by local people - especially women. Additionally, we'll replace existing inefficient or expensive diesel-powered pumps with durable, cost-effective modern versions.

The result will be increased supplies of clean, safe water - at least 20 litres a day per person for drinking, cooking and washing - and cut the number of people (and animals) who contract water-related infections and diseases.

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Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people you've already helped. Mum-of-four, Florence Amekui, from Kaikor centre, is benefiting from a recently-installed, solar-powered water pump:

 Before our Oxfam-funded pump was installed in 2012, monthly water tariffs for each person in my community were as high as Ksh.150 (£1.08). Now we are happy that we are able to use our money to invest in the future. With the money saved, we have been able to buy seeds to cultivate food. We use water from the borehole to irrigate the crops, so we no longer rely on food distributions. I am very grateful to Oxfam for supporting us.

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