KENYA

Kenya has a diverse and challenging climate. It continues to experience considerable water stress in the northern regions where very few people have access to any water at all, let alone clean water.  Many people just are accustomed to drinking unsafe water and then dealing with the health effects afterwards. Fortunately, our mission is introducing sustainable solutions in areas where water quality is affecting people’s lives.

 

The Kenya water crisis can be generally divided into three problem areas: #1 Water Supply #2 Water Quality #3 Water Distribution. The solutions we are initially focusing on are: #2 Water Quality. 

 

Our projects have three general phases. The first phase is the “in-country” planning and preparation phase that involves material acquisition, leader coordination, and site preparation. The second phase is the actual biosand/biochar filtration workshop which lasts 3- 5 days depending on the schedule arrangement and it can host up to 12 participants. During the course participants are introduced to water filtration, including the science behind it and various other options, course work and participation in sanitation and hygiene classes, review of the tools of the trade and how to obtain them, and construction of sieves for sand preparation. They participate in sifting and washing of sand, they mix and pour concrete into a steel mold, review filtration, sanitation, and hygiene material, and develop exploratory business planning and project ideas. The last phase is the duplication and distribution of the filter phase.
 
The short-term outcomes that we hope to achieve are:​

  • Training and certifying 10 Biosand/Biochar filtration leaders

  • Equipping interested teams with materials to start a business

  • Production of 100 Biosand/Biochar filters serving 1,000 people with clean water for life

  • Generating $10,000 in new local income for local biosand/biochar filtration businesses

 
The long-term outcomes that we hope to achieve are:​

  • Training and certifying 100 additional Biosand/Biochar filtration Leaders taught by our new leaders.

  • Equipping interested teams with materials to start a business

  • Production of 400 more Biosand/Biochar filters serving 4,000 people with clean water for life

  • Generating $40,000 in new income for local biosand/biochar filtration businesses

 
Our projects are designed to not only produce results but also to promote sustainability and expansion. We do this by creating incentives and job opportunities for participants to train others and sell filters.

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