With a population of 46.7 million, 37 percent of Kenyans still rely on old-fashioned water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers. In addition, Kenya’s natural water resources also do not provide an equitable delivery of water to the various regions of the country. This means that majority of the population are without any fresh water. Rapid urbanization has also pushed poor urban dwellers to the slums where there is no water or sanitation and overcrowding exacerbates the already hazardous health conditions. This problem is most experienced in rural areas and the urban slum areas.
Prior to the completion of this project, Wema Wanze residents walked 2 to 3 hours daily to the river in search of water for their households. According to the residents, water from the river is very dirty and not safe for human consumption. Residents consume the water for lack of better options. Cases of water related illnesses such as typhoid and acute diarrhea are common across the villages in the region.
Due to the above challenges, Al Khair Foundation and Life from Water Foundation constructed a shallow well at Wema Wanze village found in Garsen Sub County of Tana River County. The aim of the water project is to address lack of clean water and reduce the subsequent risks of water borne diseases in the area.
Wema Wanze Shallow well
Wema Wanze shallow well was hand dug near underground aquifers and is constructed with plastered brick and cement walls. The choice of site for this shallow well was picked to be near trees which indicated that there was availability of near fresh underground water. This shallow well has been dug up to a depth of 85 feet (25.9 meters). A designated water collection point has been done for handicapped persons for easy access. A livestock water trough has also been constructed for livestock.
The project was made successful through support received on behalf of Nasr Hasan Atta.