This project improved water access to six beneficiary communities through decentralized water treatment kiosks and improved sanitation facilities and hygiene behaviors for schools in those communities. Over 5,000 students and teachers gained water and sanitation access at school. Over 1,000 people gained household water access and six schools were measurably impacted by project activities. Ultimately, 60,000 people with limited water access were reached through the kiosks.
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The Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) is USAID’s flagship water program along the Mara River, Kenya. SWP educates communities on water risk and conservation, while the communities provide invaluable local perspective. It’s not just the atmosphere of transboundary cooperation that sets SWP’s work apart. It’s also the sense of ownership Mumbo and his team are cultivating in the people of the Mara, from community members to government officials to private sector representatives. View of the Mara River Basin from above.
This photo was originally published in Global Waters, Vol. 10, Issue 4; story: https://medium.com/usaid-global-waters/taking-the-pulse-of-a-lifeline-to-hundreds-of-millions-of-people-a7a9d239e14a
Women and children are most burdened by conflicts arising from scarcity of water resources. By protecting Alakara Shallow Well in Isiolo County, USAID ensured availability of water for communities and their livestock thereby reducing conflict and enhancing peaceful co-existence among communities living in Isiolo County.
Ibinda primary school pupils in Kakamega County draw clean water from a well. Clean water enhances hygiene among school children while also keeping them in school.
Donkeys Transport Water. Women work together to tie jerry cans full of water onto a donkey. Rurujis, Somali Region, Ethiopia.
The amuna is part of a traditional water conservation system that captures and channels rainwater during the rainy season to recharge aquifers, increasing the availability of water during the dry season. The ecosystem-based adaptation/green infrastructure project in Peru is restoring these structures, some of which are 1,500 years old.
Micro-hydro, powered by nearby streams, brings much-needed electric power to remote mountain communities. Sunbir Ghale (pictured here) maintains Simjung village’s micro-hydro plant in Gorkha district; it was badly damaged during the 2015 earthquake and Hariyo Ban funded repairs as part of its support to earthquake recovery.