Kenya

CWS helps pastoralists rehabilitate water sources in Kenya

The Masai people, indigenous to southwestern Kenya's Narok District, at the southern end of the Rift Valley, are being helped to rehabilitate their water resources by CWS and our partner, the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK). Narok District, along with other parts of central and southern Africa, has experienced periods of drought, mixed with rainfall that has become more and more erratic.
The Masai, pastoralists who rely on their livestock herds for food and money, are already benefitting from the de-silting of small dams in two villages - Kormoto and Enoombarbali. The de-silting has improved water flow, providing reliable water sources for families and animals and reducing vulnerability to drought.

The Masai and the NCCK are now planning to de-silt dams in three additional villages - Tikalo, Oloika, and Nturumenti - benefiting an additional 2,700 Masai and 21,500 head of livestock. The closeness of the additional water sources also means that women and girls won't have to trek long distances fetching water for livestock and household use. The women can then concentrate on other economic activities, and the girls can go to school.

Each village is contributing $650 of the more than $6,000 that it takes to de-silt each dam. CWS has provided $23,440 in TOOLS OF HOPE & BLANKET Program and other funds to de-silt the dams and provide fencing to protect the dams from being overrun by livestock.