"Here, there’s passion to the work."
Mutisya is confident that ASDF has great potential to expand, not just in Kenya.
Mutisya Makonyi has been working as a Communications Officer at our partner organisation Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF) since October 2013. He chose to work for ASDF over a corporate job because he wanted to see the impacts of his work on people’s lives.
“Here, there’s passion to the work. You see the impact of what you are doing and how it effects people and that’s something I wanted to do” Mutisya explains. “As they say, ‘water is life’ and without water life becomes very difficult, especially here in semi-arid Kenya where agriculture is the backbone of the economy. When we give people a sustainable source of water they can engage in profitable agriculture and that makes their lives better”.
Mutisya spends his time between the office and visiting communities in the field, collecting their stories, photographs and videos for fundraising and reporting purposes, so he’s able to see the impacts of sand dams first hand.
“When I see communities before they have sand dams, they are just holding on to life, surviving, but with the introduction of sand dams they can start growing vegetables and trees and start making some money. You go back after some time and find that they are happier and that’s a good thing to see” he says.
Having worked at ASDF for more than a year now, Mutisya feels confident that the organisation has great potential to expand, not just in Kenya but around the world.
“Most of Kenya is arid or semi-arid and I think there is a need for people to do what we do in those areas, so I’d like the organisation to expand beyond Makueni, where we work now.” He adds: “Sand dams are timeless. They always deliver results. And I believe it will actually be necessary to spread that technology across Africa and other arid and semi-arid areas of the world.”
And Mutisya knows that his role in communications will play an important part in this future success. “In communications, we have a great role to play because we can tell the stories to the world. We are here on the ground and can let people know what we do – the impacts of what we do and the necessity of what we do. And I believe the world is a reasonable place - if they hear our story, they will see the sense and will want to jump on the band wagon.”
I believe the world is a reasonable place - if they hear our story, they will see the sense and will want to jump on the band wagon.
Mutisya Makonyi, Communications Officer, ASDF