CES De-Worming Project
CES 2016 Hygiene Project
Water Crisis in Kenya
Kenya’s people are, according to the United Nations, one of the most struggling populations in the world. With a population of nearly 42 million, the numbers of people living in acute poverty (defined as earning <$1.Cdn/day/family of 4) continues to rise.
Water scarcity in Kenya has been an issue for decades. Only a small percentage of the land sustains agriculture and food production. The year round climate is predominantly arid. Natural environmental disasters cause major soil erosion. So too does the need in rural areas for collecting firewood. Denuding the land of trees is creating a new class of homeless people known as environmental refugees.
Kenya’s natural water resources and water basins do not provide adequate delivery of water to the various regions of the country. Much of the population is without any fresh water. Rapid urbanization has also pushed people to live in slums where lack of water and sanitation create hazardous health conditions.
Due to lack of infrastructure and funds to build wells, pumping stations and piping systems, rural areas of Kenya are left without access to clean drinking water. Kenya’s water shortage also means that a large population of women and children spend up to one-third of their day fetching water in the hot sun from the nearest water source. This backbreaking work leaves roughly half of the country’s inhabitants vulnerable to serious dangers including susceptibility to water-borne diseases.
Water pathogens are a huge health problem in Kenya. People have been left unprotected against cholera, diaorhoreah, and parasitic worms. The rate of exposure is extremely high because the water is often contaminated at the basins and pumps where water is collected. Since the crisis is so widespread, there is much to be done. There are effective interim solutions and communities hoping for a new well would benefit from proactive education about water filtration, BSF (bio-sand filter) Technology, rain harvesting and protection of water springs.
CES Canada continues to provide water solutions and health care services. Since 2010 ten wells have been completed, providing clean water for entire communities. In addition, CES sponsored students affected by worms and other water-borne diseases receive the medical treatments they require. In 2013 CES undertook a massive De-worming program that impacted on 50,000 children. CES in partnership with Canadian based World Without Worms also worked closely with the Ministries of Health and Education to create this community health initiative.
CES Canada intends to follow up in 2016 with Health and Washing Hands with Soap Hygiene Stations. The first is scheduled for Kimang’eti Girls SS.
“Worms undermine the health of children and affect their ability to learn. We are committed to the program of de-worming children, [but] we still need more help to fight worms in children.” – Raila Amolo Odinga, former Prime Minister of Kenya