Provide Clean Water in Kenya
In several communities, MADRE is working in collaboration with the Indigenous Information Network to install community water collection points or water collection tanks. For water collection points, we will construct barriers to protect the water sources from outside contaminants. The barriers have outlets to allow water to flow freely downstream and to be carried by pipes to the water collection points that are closer to villages and can be accessed any time of day. We will also develop watering troughs for animals to prevent erosion and environmental deterioration of the areas around clean water sources. For water collection tanks, MADRE will install the appropriate equipment to ensure a regular source of clean water for area schools. All of MADRE's clean water projects will be conducted in close consultation with community members, who will receive training on health, hygiene, and the maintenance of community water systems.
In indigenous communities in Kenya, women face a host of human rights issues, including: forced marriage, forced genital mutilation, domestic abuse, poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and discrimination toward Indigenous Peoples. In addition to these challenges, many women face the arduous task of collecting water for their families. Many women walk several miles each morning to collect water for household use, going early to watering holes to avoid livestock that contaminate water sources. Contact with and consumption of contaminated water has led to the spread of diseases such as cholera, scabies, and typhoid.
Partner since January, 2009
MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of economic and environmental justice, women’s health and violence against women, and peace building. MADRE provides resources, training, and support to enable our sister organizations to meet concrete needs in their communities and develop long-term solutions to the crises they face. MADRE addresses the negative impacts of US actions abroad and empowers people in the US to challenge and change destructive government policies. Since its inception in 1983, MADRE has delivered 25 million dollars worth of support to community-based women's organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and the United States.