I hail from Kavililo village, Kyome location, Kitui county, in the semi-arid regions of Kenya. Growing up, I witnessed the villagers tread for many kilometers for water. It took many hours to get just 4 twenty-litre jerrycans to their homestead.
One promising morning while driving to work, I was awestruck by a program on air in one of Kenya’s radio stations, promising to give free water tanks, yes free water tanks to communities or schools. I could not wait to reach my office to get in touch with the contact person – Kadu Titi.
That one phone call, today, places lots of smiles to more that 45 households in the village, where a borehole was sank. When all the other water sources in the village run dry, the borehole will yield water and saves the villagers long distance travels they would otherwise take to search for water. On average, the well will yield around 100 20 litre jerrycans of water. This has necessitated the village leadership to ration the number of jerrycans per household to 4 per day, due to the huge demand of clean domestic water.
Villagers can now utilize the time they previously spent on long journeys to fetch water, on other economic activities for the well being of their families and nation building.