Water Changes Everything
Watch this short film to see how Excellent Development are supporting rural communities to build water and food security
At this years’ World Water Week, delegates are meeting to discuss ideas for achieving water and food security.
For the 2 billion people living in poverty, access to water changes everything. Water is survival, health, education, food, opportunity and hope. People need access to water, not only for drinking, but for a multitude of everyday uses such as growing food, looking after their livestock and washing clothes.
Instead of focusing on just one type of water use, it is vital to consider the many ways in which people use water if water and food security is to be achieved for the world’s poor.
The foundation of Excellent Development’s work is to listen to communities to find the solutions that work best for them. In the drylands of Kenya, that solution usually involves a sand dam. Sand dams are the most cost-effective way of keeping a clean source of water close to people’s homes.
This changes everything. With the time saved from collecting water, people can invest in farming; growing enough food to eat store and sell. Children, freed from the burden of collecting dirty water from distant sources, can improve their health and attend school. Surplus crops can be sold to earn an income which can be invested in families – creating a future of health, opportunity and hope.
Water changes everything and change starts with a sand dam.
The river had dried up completely. The animals were not getting enough water from drinking. But now with the sand dam, there is plenty of water for the animals to drink, there is plenty of water if you want to do the farming. So it is good to be situated here.
Charles, a member of the Malaike self help group, Kenya.