Investing in opportunity
Sand dams are the most cost-effective method of rainwater harvesting in drylands. They store up to 40 million litres of water.
Sand dams provide a sustainable source of clean water close to people's homes - saving women and children up to 11 hours a day from collecting water.
The time saved from collecting water enables community self help groups to invest in farming.
Increased food production enables communities to earn an income and create a sustainable future.
And, by selling surplus crops at local markets, or exchanging food for school fees, families can now invest in their children's education.
Raincatchers: a film by Al Jazeera from their visit to our partners in Kenya, the Africa Sand Dam Foundation, where they documented how sand dams are transforming people's lives.
Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired men and women who volunteer their time and talents to support their local communities and communities around the world.
Dedicated Rotarians (from over 200 Rotary clubs in Great Britain and Ireland, as well as clubs from Europe and Kenya) and Excellent Development are very proud to work together to promote peace, prevent disease, provide access to clean water and sanitation, enhance maternal and child health, improve basic education and literacy, and develop communities.
Many Rotary clubs are particularly committed to helping thousands of people in drylands transform their lives through local, reliable and cost-effective water supplies, such as sand dams.
The need for safe water in drylands
Over 40% of the earth’s surface consists of drylands (hyper-arid, arid,semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas with concentrated periods of seasonal rainfall). These drylands which cover large areas of Africa and Asia are home to around 2.3 billion people, mostly living in rural poverty trying to eke out a living in a tough climate.
The answer is sand dams
Working with local partners, Excellent supports rural communities to build sand dams - the most cost-effective method of catching and storing rainwater in drylands. Sand dams provide safe water for life and the opportunity to grow enough food to eat, store and sell. It is our vision that millions of the world’s poorest people will transform their own lives with sand dams.
What Rotary has enabled
Thanks to over £650,000 invested by Rotary, 43 sand dams have been built giving over 86,000 people access to safe water (click here to see the full list of groups supported by Rotary).
“On behalf of the communities Rotary has enabled to constructs and dams – tens of thousands of people now with safe access to water – we’d like to thank Rotarians for your ongoing support, and we look forward to transforming more lives together,” David Jordan OBE, Chairman of Excellent Development.
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Kew Gardens Rotary led the first of these projects inspired by the simplicity of the technology and its effectiveness in addressing survival in times of drought... Sand dam technology can bring safe water to 74% of the world’s poor people, and it is hard to find a more cost-effective way to enable such communities to have access to safe water and healthy food, improve their health and free time for children to be educated.
James Onions, Kew Gardens Rotary.