Improving water access for pastoralist communities in Turkana, Kenya
Together with the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, Practical Action will use a little ingenuity to improve access to drinking water for 72,000 of Kenya's most marginalised people.

The county of Turkana is among the poorest and most marginalised in Kenya. It’s arid climate and poor soil conditions make it almost impossible to grow crops. The effects of climate change are only making it harder and water access is a major problem, as droughts become more frequent and severe.

"Most of the population in Turkana is made up of pastoralists, struggling to earn a living through raising livestock. 90% of people live below the poverty line and less than 20% have access to clean water."

Communities often trek for up to 15km to reach water. Water points are usually scoop holes dug into dry river beds. The water is dirty and the climb into scoop holes is extremely dangerous. Where water points exist, people often queue for hours and it’s usually women and girls who are impacted the hardest.

Water access will be life-changing for communities in Turkana.  Through implementing solar-powered boreholes, communities will finally have a reliable supply of clean water. Local technicians will be trained to care and maintain the water points and we will work with local government to ensure families will continue to have water access, long into the future.

The project will enable households and communities to cope better with recurring droughts, improve the health of families by reducing water-borne disease and allow communities to explore alternative livelihoods, such as farming. In addition, pastoralists will be able to manage their livestock better, plan their migratory routes and look forward to a brighter future.

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