10 new rainwater harvesting systems were installed in Kisumu, in the western region of Kenya. The 10 locations were schools that did not have enough clean water to drink.
On the day we were visiting the schools in 2013, it was national deworming day where children are given a pill to take with lots of water. One headmistress said to us, “We are grateful for the rainwater tank, especially on this day, so the kids can get clean water to drink with their medicine instead of walking down to the river far away, some children get bit by snakes when they go there.”
Children – and particularly girls – are denied their right to education because their schools lack clean water and sanitation facilities. Women and children are forced to spend large parts of their day fetching water.
Start Date: April 1, 2013
Completion Date: July 29, 2013
Projects completed: 10 schools
Filters distributed: 50
People to be served: over 20,000
List of Schools with rainwater harvesting system installed:
Wachara Primary School
GPS: S 0 3.2295 E34 41.18202
Thim Bonde Primary School
GPS: S 0 1.0164 E 34 41.06461
Bar Ogwal Primary School
GPS: S 0 2.6217 E 34 45.15495
Upper Hill Academy
GPS: S 0 2.189 E 34 44.97528
Sinyolo Primary School
GPS: S 0 1.96868 E 34 40.05318
Nawa Primary School
GPS: S 0 5.2975 E 34 42.6847
Gongo Primary School
GPS: S 0 8.4983 E 34 36.46568
GPS: S 0 4.93918 E 34 43.30536
Nyang’inja Mbiriizi School
GPS: S 0 7.66538 E 34 37.52243
GPS: S 0 1.9876 E 34 43.11104
We invite you to join in a celebration of the most basic human need – WATER. There are 800 million people who do not have clean drinking water. 6,000 people die each day from water related causes and 80% of them are children under 5. These numbers are almost impossible for us to comprehend.
The need is real and it is urgent. Millions of people need our help. They have no choice today but we can provide them a choice tomorrow. We catch the rain as it falls out of the sky and filter it. It is really that easy. Sustainable. Affordable.
Together we can give these children the opportunity to attend school, live a healthy life and become independent adults.
Two years ago I went on a family trip to Kenya. A trip that changed my life forever. When I was a little girl, I remember my father telling us stories of his adventures in Africa while shooting a film called “Safari“.
I will always remember his fondness for the people, especially the children. I experienced the magic while traveling through the Maasai Mara and the Rift Valley.
I used my camera to capture our adventures, I wanted to hang on to that magic. I knew that one day I would return.
Before I left for the trip I decided to buy a small compact camera that would allow me to capture the moments in time, a point and shoot Leica — it never left my side!
I specifically bought the little Leica because I knew that I was going to be recording my trip with photographs!
I tried to keep a daily journal but the excitement at the end of each day and the anticipation of the following days did not allow me to write words down on paper, thus these photographs!