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.
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.