Kenya: 19,032 Orphans Receive Clean Water

Starting in 2011 during the worst drought Kenya had seen in 60 years, Food for the Hungry (FH) helped 19,032 Kenyan orphans and vulnerable children access clean water and this project continues today.

For generations, water supply and sanitation in Kenya has been characterized by low levels of access and quality, especially in urban slums and in rural areas where 48 percent of the population does not have access to clean water.

Many households receive intermittent water access as only 9 out of 55 water service providers in Kenya provide continuous water supply. With several homes run by orphaned teenagers caring for their siblings, as many Kenyan parents have died of HIV/AIDS, the water shortages only increase the stress and despair of these children.

Imagine, getting water one day and then not. And as a teenager, trying to figure out how to get water for your younger siblings.

The seasonal and regional water scarcity exacerbates the difficulty to find a consistent drinkable water supply for these vulnerable children.

Maji Bora Project

Water purification is currently very minimal, if available at all, in these areas. In Meru, Isiolo and many other communities, water boiling is the only method of purifying drinking water.

However, with many communities also facing the challenges of limited fuel for cooking, many people tend to drink water without boiling it, causing widespread parasitic infections and other diseases.

Food for the Hungry (FH) responded by starting the Maji Bora Project to increase access to clean water for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya.

Getting Clean Water

FH staff trained caregivers and older children on how to use PUR water purifying packets, helping 19,032 orphans and vulnerable children to have clean, drinkable water.

These Kenyans also attended sessions about personal hygiene and sanitation practices and were encouraged to implement their new knowledge at home.

The project helped to keep children healthy and reduce diarrhea, so children could attend school.

This is the kind of great work that people who partner with FH make possible – making the lives of orphans and vulnerable children healthier and hopeful.