Help Rahab bring clean water to 500 Kenyan kids
$893 will provide:
- 500 reusable and biodegradable water bottles
- A clean water education workshop
Diarrhoeal disease is the second leading cause of death in children under five years old and kills 760,000 kids every year. Access to safe drinking water, basic sanitation and hygiene education could prevent diarrhoeal diseases by nearly 90%.
Rahab is a small-scale farmer and mother of five from the Kiambu region in Kenya. She is passionate about improving the health of the children in Kiambu so they can live full lives, maximise learning opportunities and break the cycle of poverty in their communities.
Rahab is the chairlady of a women's group in Kiambu. This is a self-help group of 50 local women who are determined to implement change in their community rather than waiting for handouts and those outside Kiambu to solve their social problems such as poverty and water borne disease.
The group has already had success in bringing clean water to Kiambu at a household level. However, cases of water borne diseases like typhoid are still very common amongst the children. Rahab and her women's group discovered that children are still suffering from water related problems despite the availability of filtered water at their homes due to the fact that kids don't have access to safe water while they are at school.
Unfortunately a plan to provide a water tank and simple rain harvesting system to provide safe drinking water at the school has fallen through due to climate change induced droughts in the area. No rainfall was experienced from January to June this year making it impossible to capture clean water for the kids to drink. As a result, school children in Kiambu are currently drinking unsafe water from a local river while they are at school.
Rahab and her women's group decided to act on this problem and would like to provide reusable water bottles to each child so that they can carry safe water from their houses to drink during the day while they're at school. They have managed to sourced biodegradable water bottles that are available locally and can be purchased in bulk. They are also holding community sessions where they educate families on the different ways that water can be contaminated and ways which they can prevent their kids, and themselves, from getting sick.