POPULATION SERVED: 2,000
The first expansion of the Chiga Community Water and Sanitation Project came at the request of a single woman who stood up and asked for the clean water to come into her village, Kadiju.
Kadiju is a community made up primarily of laborers and small business owners. While Kenyans elsewhere throughout Kisumu County grow a large portion of their food on their own land, gardens are less common in the Chiga sublocation. The members of the community most commonly cite a lack of access to water for irrigation as well as a lack of knowledge of farming techniques for this trend. As a result, food insecurity is high in this region, a serious problem in a population with an HIV infection rate near 20%.
In 2013, the Kalucy Kiosk was raised. The kiosk was built along Kibos Road, the main road running through the Chiga area, and near the Kalucy Market. Fed by a 1.1 kilometer subterranean pipeline, the kiosk has a 5,000 liter holding tank to ensure uninterrupted service.
FROM THE COMMUNITY | 2014
One year ago Lilian was anxiously awaiting the grand opening of the water kiosk in her village. As it was, every two days Lilian would travel over seven miles to collect enough water for her small family, ensuring that they had enough in storage in case the water ran dry. When the water was plentiful, she would spend over three hours carrying a jerry can weighing 40 pounds on her head. When the water ran out, she would have to travel even further to collect water for her family.
One year ago Lilian’s life changed.
The water station we built a year ago is only 100 meters from her house, an easy six minute walk. She makes this walk every day now, speaking with the women that run the kiosk and catching up on the local gossip. Because this kiosk is so close to her home, she saves hours each day, hours that can be spent working on her business, taking care of her family, and growing food.
When asked if the water station has improved her life and her ability to provide this vital resource to her family, her answer was an unequivocal: Yes!
It has been a year since we finished construction on the water station in Kadiju, and it has already transformed so many lives. In the last year 2,000 people have gained access to clean water. Twenty women have received training in community leadership. And eight women have received advanced training in water, health, sanitation, and communication. This barrier in the lives and livelihood of the women in this village has been torn down, and through this water they have the time, the money, and the health to continue improving their families, their communities, and their lives.