Africa

“This is something I had longed for, not just for me but for younger generations so that they know how to take care of the resources we have.”

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A Village Restored, With Water For All

Kyandokole spring is the only source of water for Makau Mwongela’s community in rural, arid Kenya. Livestock drink during the night and people collect water from it during the day. But over the course of years, the trees around the spring were cut down and demand for water increased as the population grew, causing the spring water to become polluted and unsafe to drink.

That’s when CWS stepped in. Makau says the CWS Water for Life program, which aims to ensure more equitable and affordable access to water for people in water stressed communities, trained the people of Kyandokole in water resource management and environmental conservation. Community members worked with technicians to protect Kyandokole spring and to install a hand pump.

Now, the spring again produces water that is clean and safe to drink, as it was in the 1970s. Elder Mwongela says, “This is something I had longed for, not just for me but for younger generations so that they know how to take care of the resources that we have. Water management committee members and other community members have also been trained on tree planting and if you visit Kyandokole now, you will see young trees growing. Once again our land will be green.” He continues, “As an elder in this community, I’m educating people on the relationship between environmental conservation and availability of resources, such as water and food.”

Mwongela is happy that CWS has made efforts to develop the area and bring back its former glory. The society at large thanks CWS and our local partner, Anglican Church of Kenya, for their assistance in protecting this valuable water source that will provide the community with clean water for household use and for livestock for years to come.