Like many third world countries, the people in Kenya suffer from the effects of not having access to clean water. The Kenyan women live a very tough life including doing a lot of heavy manual chores. One of their daily chores often includes walking long distances to the river to fetch water. The women usually carry the five-gallon water containers home on their backs.
Digging wells was not an option in Mikinduri. Instead, we opted to construct pipeline systems from nearby mountain springs to seven schools, where large tanks are located. The tanks provide water for drip irrigation, washing stations for the students, and water for the students to take home.
On the Mageta Island project site in Western Kenya, water is pumped from Lake Victoria to large tanks. The water is filtered and treated so that students and locals have access to safe water.