Water Is A basic Human Right

Clean Water, A Basic Human Right: Kenya

A woman accessing water from a local pipeline. A woman accessing water from a local pipeline.

 

Livestock drinking water from a trough. (© IIN) Livestock drinking water from a trough.

 

A water tank in the village. (© IIN)A water tank in the village.

 

With a centralized water system, women in the community no longer have to travel great distances with heavy containers of water.

 

Children in the community drinking purified water. ( © IIN)Children  drinking purified water.

Without the means to collect rainwater during frequent droughts and due to the use of a watering hole that was shared with livestock, accessing clean water was once a challenge for the Emayian Maasai community in Kenya.

Through the efforts of the Indigenous Information Network (IIN)-anetwork og African Indigenous women Organizations  and MADRE, women in the community have been able to set up and manage a water purification system. Now, there is uncontaminated water year-round, which has contributed to a significant decrease in cases of scabies, cholera and other waterborne diseases.