Turning the tide on water scarcity in Kenya
The Northern Rangelands is home to 25% of the Kenyan elephant population
Building one of three sand dams in Lekurruki
Pastoral communities need fertile pasture land to feed their livestock
A map showing the community-managed conservancies that comprise the Northern Rangelands
Handcrafts such as sewing provide a vital source of income
This month, your donations to Excellent Development can be doubled.
Whatever you give to our Water Resource Centre appeal will be matched by one of our generous funders, so your donations will work twice as hard in turning the tide on water scarcity in the Northern Rangelands, Kenya.
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A unique region
The Northern Rangelands is a place of great ecological importance, and is home to ten traditional pastoralist communities as well as 25% of Kenya’s elephant population and the endangered Grevys Zebra.
It is also an area of extreme water scarcity, which can cause fatal conflict.
People are locked into a daily struggle for survival, collecting water from increasingly scarce sources. Government water infrastructure is extremely limited and available water sources are often contaminated, used by people and animals alike.
Thanks to the support of people like you, we have enabled our partners, the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), to build three dams in Lekurruki conservancy, with eight more planned in Lekurruki and surrounding conservancies.
But although the individual dams have a transformative impact in their immediate area, raising the water table and providing a vital new source of clean water, they barely scratch the surface of the vast Northern Rangelands.
A drop in the ocean
We need your help to enable the NRT to shift gears and develop their sand dam expertise. Developing the capacity of our partners to become sand dam experts is the most significant step forward in building a vast network of sand dams in the region.
We have already laid the foundations for a Water Resource Centre and we need to raise £10,000 from our supporters to build it. It will be a stronghold of sand dam expertise, where leaders from across the region will come to train and equip themselves with the knowledge and technical skills to become sand dam ambassadors in their own right.
Please donate today – whatever you give will be doubled - and help us turn the tide on water scarcity in northern Kenya.
This will mark a vital step forward in transforming the lives of 250,000 people, 2.5 million livestock and 25,000 elephants in a region the size of Wales
Simon Maddrell, Excellent Development Executive Director