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Sand Dams: Transforming Lives in Drylands

Film explaining how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's drylands

Sand Dams: Transforming Lives in Drylands (French subtitles)

Film explaining how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's drylands (with French subtitles)

Why the Maasai in Kenya need sand dams - Part 1

The people of the Iltirim community in Lekurruki, Kenya, explain why they want a sand dam and the difference it could make...

Why the Maasai in Kenya need sand dams - Part 2

Why the people of the Iltirim community in Lekurruki, Kenya, want a sand dam...

Raincatchers: a film by Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera recently paid a visit to our partners in Kenya, Africa Sand Dam Foundation, to learn how sand dams are transforming people's lives.

Who is Excellent Development?

Excellent Development supports rural, dryland communities to create food and water security though soil and water conservation. This short film explains who we are and what we do.

What are Sand Dams

Sand dams are a cheap, innovative solution to water shortages in drylands, which also transform environments beyond recognition. Find out more about this remarkable technology.

Our philosophy and approach

At Excellent Development we pride ourselves in the philosophy and approach of our work - this short film explains the way we engage with communities, encourage working together and learning from each other.

Walking on water (short version)

In this film, we demonstrate how the Excellent approach of enabling development through conservation is benefiting communities in semi-arid Kenya.

Walking on water (long version) - part 1

Excellent explains how its approach to creating development through conservation is benefiting communities in Kenya. Learn all about the individual elements of our holistic approach to soil and water conservation.

Walking on water (long version) - part 2

Excellent explains how its approach to creating development through conservation is benefiting communities in Kenya. Learn all about the individual elements of our holistic approach to soil and water conservation.

Soil and water conservation in semi-arid Africa

Terracing land, building sand dams and planting trees: together, theses key activities significantly improve conservation of soil and water in vulnerable dryland environments. Watch this film to find out more.

Community tree planting

An important dimension of Excellent Development's work focuses on community-led tree planting. This film outlines the importance of trees in enabling environmental conservation, energy security and increased food production.

Improving water supplies in Kenya

Women and children spend many hours, often walking long distances, collecting water in rural drylands. This film highlights our work supporting communities to improve access to water.

Improving health

Health is interlinked with food security, income generation and education. Improving health is essential for enabling sustainable development. This film highlights how Excellent Development is working to improve health through increasing access to clean water in drylands.

Community terracing in rural Kenya

Excellent supports community groups in semi-arid rural Kenya to improve their environment sustainably through soil and water conservation. Terracing is hard work, but communities working together achieve amazing results. Find out how it works.

Improving food production in rural Kenya

After terracing land and maximising the use of available water, techniques such as inter-cropping, zero grazing, using cover crops and drought resistant crops can dramatically increase yields.

The miracle of Sand Dams

A Sand Dam is a bit of a miracle, but building one is nothing but hard work. This short film shows how a Sand Dams is built.

What do people say about us?

In this film, farmers in Kenya share their experiences of working with Excellent Development and their thoughts about the Excellent approach.

Sustainable farming in semi-arid Africa part 1

This film explains how soil and water conservation, through Excellent Development's model of community support, overcomes major obstacles to sustainable development in rural Kenya..

Sustainable farming in semi-arid Africa part 2

Part 2 of our sustainable farming film demonstrates the importance of sustainable agriculture for food security and poverty alleviation.

Excellent Expeditions

Building sand dams is hard work. But, it's also a very rewarding experience. Hear from previous expedition goers about their experiences.

Excellent expeditions - Quest Overseas

Excellent Development, together with Quest Overseas, offer volunteers the opportunity to work with rural communities to build sand dams in Kenya. Learn more about our expeditions and hear what past volunteers have to say about the experience.

SJ Berwin gives a dam

In March 2010, an eight-strong team from the law firm SJ Berwin travelled to Kenya to spend a week living and working with one of the seven self help groups the firm is supporting through Excellent Development..

Sustainable development part 1 of 3

This 3 part film explains sustainable development, using Excellent Development's work as an example of how community-led approaches can create conservation and a virtuous cycle of development.

Sustainable development part 2 of 3

This 3 part film explains sustainable development, using Excellent Development's work as an example of how community-led approaches can create conservation and a virtuous cycle of development.

Sustainable development part 3 of 3

This 3 part film explains sustainable development, using Excellent Development's work as an example of how community-led approaches can create conservation and a virtuous cycle of development

It's time to invest in the future

Through Africa Sand Dam Foundation, Excellent Development is providing training to dryland communities on how to maximise their harvests and incomes. Learn more about our impact on incomes.
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Sand Dams: Transforming Lives in Drylands
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Sand Dams: Transforming Lives in Drylands (French subtitles)
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Why the Maasai in Kenya need sand dams - Part 1
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Why the Maasai in Kenya need sand dams - Part 2
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Raincatchers: a film by Al Jazeera.
Who-are-Excellent-Development
Who is Excellent Development?
Sand-dams
What are Sand Dams
Philosophy and approach
Our philosophy and approach
Walking-on-Water
Walking on water (short version)
Walking on water part 1
Walking on water (long version) - part 1
Walking on water part 1
Walking on water (long version) - part 2
Soil-and-Water-conservation-in-semi-arid-Africa
Soil and water conservation in semi-arid Africa
Community-tree-planting-for-development-and-conservation
Community tree planting
Improving-water-supplies-in-Kenya
Improving water supplies in Kenya
Health
Improving health
Community terracing
Community terracing in rural Kenya
Improving food production
Improving food production in rural Kenya
The miracle of Sand Dams
The miracle of Sand Dams
What-do-people-say-about-Excellent-Development
What do people say about us?
Sustainable-farming-in-semi-arid-Africa-part-1
Sustainable farming in semi-arid Africa part 1
Sustainable-farming-in-semi-arid-Africa-part-2
Sustainable farming in semi-arid Africa part 2
Excellent expeditions
Excellent Expeditions
Expeditions film
Excellent expeditions - Quest Overseas
SJ Berwin sand dam expedition
SJ Berwin gives a dam
Sustainable development part 1
Sustainable development part 1 of 3
Sustainable development part 2
Sustainable development part 2 of 3
Sustainable development part 3
Sustainable development part 3 of 3
Investing in the future
It's time to invest in the future
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