Project location: Kenya
Funding: £88,777
Year / duration: 2007 / 3 Years
Partner: Excellent

Africa suffers from poor soil fertility, low rainfall and is prone to drought. This means that access to clean water and irrigation for crops can be insecure and unpredictable. Water sources quickly dry up forcing people, especially women and children, to walk miles to collect often unclean water. On average, one in three rainy seasons fails, and these problems are made worse by regional deforestation.

TRAID provided three grants to Excellent to mobilise rural Kenyan farmers and their communities to improve soil and water conservation. Working together, communities terraced land, planted trees and built sand dams – an incredible water saving device capable of holding and filtering 2 – 10 million litres of water. The project also built water tanks in schools providing clean drinking water for students. Access to water in schools means that students do not have to interrupt their learning by walking for miles to collect water.

Key Achievements

  • 4,000 people directly benefiting
  • from the project outputs.
  • 40,000 people indirectly benefiting from improved water supply
  • 6 new sand dams
  • 1 school water tank
  • 1 sand dam extension
  • Terraced 23,600 metres of land
  • Produced 8,000 seedlings in tree nurseries
  • Planted 5,000 trees
  • Sand Dams

    A sand dam produces millions of litres of clean water. It is simply a reinforced concrete wall built across seasonal river beds with a pipe running through it. Over a few seasons, sand builds up behind the dam. Eventually, huge volumes of clean water filtered through sand are stored. The rise in the water table enables farmers to irrigate their crops with a plentiful water source, and access filtered drinking water all year around.