Project 538 - Kenyan Sand Dams Project
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Where: Kiptulwa, Kenya. This school is in Keringet, near Nakuru, northwest of Nairobi. The area has some good development work going on, but there are many people living from hand to mouth. Despite the fact that there is some unrest currently in Kenya, the children of Kenya still need our help. We do not give our hard earned funds to Governments, but rather we give them to people on the ground that can solve problems effectively.
Who: Rotary & Gorta joint project. Rotary International is encouraging Districts to get involved in partnerships. This will further guarantee Rotary that we have greater expertise on the ground, with great effectiveness, sustainability, good governance, pre and post project surveys that ensure our funds are being properly allocated and deployed.
To that end, we have chosen Gorta as our partner. Gorta are the longest running overseas development agency in Ireland, creating sustainable livelihoods in the developing world. Gorta’s mission is to work for a world free from the injustices of chronic hunger, poverty and disease, having special regard for the plight of children and the empowerment of women.
What: International Water project. The Keringet area is poor and underdeveloped; most of its population is involved in subsistence farming, has a low income and are food insecure. About sixty-five percent of the population is unemployed. However, the area has great potential.
Clean water is a huge challenge. Rotary has decided to help Gorta with the clean water element of their bigger project in Keringet. Together, we are working with 3,371families (15,389 people) helping them to improve their food/nutrition, economic, health and education status, but specifically (for Rotary) with their clean water challenges.
Gorta have a 5 year area development plan, with3 years to run, spending several million euros. They have completed all the pre survey work to ascertain the challenges and the solutions. They have committees and staff in place to guarantee good governance and a successful outcome of this project.
Gorta have already started the work on providing clean water to some of the families in Keringet and Rotary will finish this work. Our funds will be spent on a combination of guttering in houses for rain water retrieval, corrugated roofs so that rain water can be retrieved, protection of existing water springs, training for the local community and water tanks for the collection of the rain water.
When: Rotary year 2014/2015. Rotary’s project 538 is DG Phillips preferred international project. It will start in July 2014 and end in June 2015. However, the following two DG’s (Declan and Gerry) have also committed to working on this project, in the spirit of continuity, to ensure we achieve as much as we can for the children of this area.
Why: Water is the key to life. Everything starts with water. Water for washing, cleaning, cooking and drinking. Several million people go blind each year for the want of washing their faces with clean water and over 50% of all diseases in Africa are as a result of dirty water. So the need is great.
How: $500 / €600 from each club. ‘Magically’ for a relatively small sum per club, great things can be achieved due to Rotary’s Global Grant system. Clubs that get behind this project will be able to avail of the marketing behind this large project. Clubs will have a great story to tell and the intention is to use this story to encourage more people to join their local Rotary club, so that even greater projects can be achieved in the future.