For years, the Salaita community struggled with a lack of clean water, with all 2,000 individuals relying on a dysfunctional borehole that barely produced water each day. Young girls and women used to spend their days waiting for their turn to fetch water, hoping to bring home a single jerry-can of water (pictured here). Those who were not lucky enough to get water would have to wait to fetch water the next day. When rainfall was scarce - which was often - the people of Salaita walked up to 10 kilometers for water elsewhere, sometimes facing animal attacks, inter-tribal conflicts over the limited resources, and other dangerous situations. In early 2018, there were two fatal accidents resulting in the death of two children while they were crossing the road to fetch water.
Not only was fetching water a laborious and time-consuming task, but many in Salaita were also suffering from preventable water-related diseases like typhoid and diarrhea, due to the contamination of the water they were collecting. Children were even kicked out of school for “being dirty,” making it difficult to continue their education.
With the drought in the area continuing, the diseases, hardships, and daily challenges due to water scarcity were only destined to continue. In November of 2018, Well Aware implemented a sustainable water well for the Salaita community, completing the distribution system in early 2019. The project has been so successful already that we partnered with Spectrum Brands to complete an expansion project in mid-2019, allowing for even greater access to clean water in the area.
Project Type: New well
Date Completed: drill completed and expanded in 2019
Population Impacted: 2,000, including 200 primary school students
Location: Taveta County, Kenya