Give a child the gift of a better future this Christmas
In rural Kenya, there are many children who dream of being able to go to school, but whose parents simply can’t afford to pay for their fees, uniforms and books. The root cause of this paralysing level of poverty is water scarcity. Without a reliable supply of water, parents can’t make a living out of farming, forced instead to spend hours collecting just enough water to survive.
And, instead of going to school, children often have to help with the endless and back-breaking task of collecting water. In the stranglehold of extreme water scarcity, there is no other option. Trapped in poverty, there are many children living in drylands who need our help to break free.
Regina Makao, as a parent in rural Kenya, faces daily challenges. The need for her children to get an education, and a better future, is too often overcome by the harsh realities of living in drylands – having to collect water, not having enough time (or water) to make a real success of farming, not having enough money to pay school fees.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, when Regina’s community took the initiative to build a sand dam, things started to improve for her family. With the water from her community sand dam, she is now able to grow tomatoes and pay for her children’s school fees, as she explains:
“Last week my own child was sent home from school to collect fees. Because I have tomatoes that I have planted, I was able to have some income. My child went back to school. That would not have happened before.”
The water provided by a sand dam enables people living in drylands to grow a wide variety of crops, including fruit trees, grains, pulses and vegetables. Not only will tomatoes pay for Regina’s children’s school fees, they also are a rich source of nutrition for their growing bodies, meaning that her children will grow up in much better health.
Rainwater harvesting is the key to escaping poverty, reducing disease and improving education for children living in drylands. And we urgently need your support to make this happen.
- £15 could provide a dryland farmer with drought-tolerant seeds, to grow a reliable source of fresh food so their children are healthy and well-nourished.
- £30 could supply a gardening fork, rake, shovel and watering can to help plant a fruit tree nursery, providing a community with nourishment for their children, as well as a source of income to pay for school fees
- £50 could provide a spray pump, to fertilise trees and protect them from decimation by insects, so that parents have a source of income to pay for their children to go to school, or even university – enabling them to break free of poverty and turn their dreams into reality.
Children in drylands have their whole lives ahead of them. What kind of future they will have – whether they will continue to be constrained by water scarcity, or whether they will be given the opportunity to flourish – depends on us. So please, help us support their families to build sand dams, and make a living from farming, so they will have a brighter future.
Now, we don't have cases of waterborne diseases amongst the pupils.
Onesmus Mutisya, Principle of Nguluni Primary School