Sand dam in Ukambani, Kenya
Building a sand dam to enhance the water security of the Ukava wa Kithoni community
Key programme facts
The sand dam will provide water for the community of 2025 people.
40 million litres
The sand dam will hold up to 40 million litres of water each year.
Sand dams last for 60 years.
About the programme
This programme enables the Ukava wa Kithoni, a community self-help group in Ukambani, southeast Kenya to build a sand dam. The sand dam will hold up to 40 million litres of water each year and should last for over 60 years.
The area has a population of 2,205 all of whom will have year round access to this source of clean water for drinking, washing and cooking free of charge.
Women and children, who typically bear the brunt of fetching water, will have more time for work and school. In addition, clean water will improve the health of the whole community. Furthermore, the sand dam will enhance water security and build resilience to climate change for years to come.
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