Vattentankar i Kenya (Water tanks in Kenya)
Vattentankar i Kenya
started by Karin Norlin as a private project in 2004. Since 2006 the
project sorts under Caritas Lund. International Caritas shares the
mission of the Catholic Church to serve the poor and to promote charity
and justice throughout the world. Since April 2016 Anna Stjärne
Aspelund succeeded Karin Norlin as chair and project responsible in
Mutomo is a small town 300 km in the
southeast of Kenya, a very dry region with semi desert, bush land and
rock formations. It is estimated to be the third poorest district in
Kenya with 65 % of the population living below the poverty line of 1,90
USD per day.
Access to water is a major problem in
the area. There are no natural lakes or rivers and drilled wells give
salty water that requires desalination. People use natural or built
rock catchments for collection of rainwater or earth dams during the
raining season. The catchments are often located far from villages and
rural settlements. Women and children carry water for many hours each
day and this is one of the reasons that children drop out of school.
To provide a water supply by the
house for the most vulnerable and poorest families in the area. To
provide education in water, hygiene and sanitation. To provide family
Activities to achieve these targets
Beneficiary families are mainly
composed of single mothers or grandmothers with more than 5 children
under the age of 12. Families are identified in collaboration with the
home care team from Mutomo Mission Hospital and community workers in
Building of a house with roof gutters
to collect rainwater into a closed water tank built beside the house.
The house provides better living standard with the possibility to keep
snakes and other animal outside (snake bites being a major problem
among young children), the old straw hut can be used as separate
kitchen. Teaching in water supply maintenance, sanitation and hygiene
is provided. Water disinfection by the “SODIS” method recommended by
WHO (PET bottles on the roof disinfected by sunlight). Counselling in
family planning and provision of contraceptive methods.
Project coordinators in Mutomo
Remmy Kamya, coordinator of building
and material supply. Assess families in need (together with Sister
Mary). Provide teaching in water supply maintenance, sanitation and
hygiene. Previously head of laboratory and microbiology department at
Mutomo Mission Hospital for 35 years.
Sister Mary Mulva, responsible for
assessing families in need. Provide counselling in family planning and
provision of contraceptive methods as well as teaching of sanitation
and hygiene. Beside the project working as a nurse in the home care and
outreach team from Mutomo Mission Hospital and in close collaboration
with community workers and village chiefs.
In total 222 (2017) water tanks and
houses have been built. The cost for one tank with house was 22.100 SEK
(2016). The sites are now located far from Mutomo, up to 2-3 hours by
car, and transports are complicated due to mud roads in very poor
conditions. Bricks are bought and produced locally in the area where we
build. Manual workers are hired locally to provide possibility for
income and knowledge in building techniques.
The project has been funded by
donations from Tetra Laval and Volvo Employees Aid Association (VHU) as
well as by donations from many private persons and groups.
The project has no administrative costs.
Contributions to the project are most welcome!
Bankgiro: 53 53 - 12 24
January 29 2017
Anna Stjärne Aspelund
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