The Samburu Project (TSP) will receive $24,400 in which $22K for a water well to support community of approximately 1000 people. $2,400 provides Samburu Sisters Workshop (SSW) for that community. Mandatory hygiene and sanitation workshops are completed by each well community and education for about 150 women on health, leadership, importance of education, rights to equality.

Description of how the funds will be used: 

$22,000 for a water well to support community of approximately 1000 people.

$2,400 provides Samburu Sisters Workshop (SSW) for that community.

Mandatory hygiene and sanitation workshops are completed by each well community.

SSW provides education for about 150 women on health, leadership, importance of education, rights to equality.

Description of Project/Program, what makes it compelling, and the specific needs it will address:

The well provides clean, uncontaminated water in the drought afflicted Samburu area of Northern Kenya.  Each well serves approximately 1000 people. Community representatives are selected for well maintenance training.  Wells are then maintained by the community, inspected regularly by local TSP.

Women and girls walk up to 12 miles a day to obtain water containing waterborne diseases from natural/open sources and carry heavy cans back to their villages.

The lack of clean water is directly linked to stunted growth; malnutrition in children and diarrhea is the leading cause of death among Samburu children under 5.

SSW educates women on health (HIV/AIDS prevention) and effects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), women’s leadership, conflict resolution, human rights and the ramifications of child marriage & teen pregnancy.

Describe the Organization or Project as it pertains to the following Impact Giving Grant Standards-

High Impact & Life Transforming:

A clean water source in close proximity to the village allows for uncontaminated water for people and animals. Girls, no longer needing to travel 12 miles a day for water, have time to go to school. Women have time to devote toward earning income through beadwork and gardening.

Women suffer fewer injuries and miscarriages from lifting and carrying heavy loads of water.

Diarrhea in the TSP well communities has all but been eradicated. Children are healthier, able to excel in school.

Workshop Benefits:  increased education for children, especially girls; increased number of women involved in community development; decreased number of girls offered for teen marriage, and undergoing FGM.

Education:

Mandatory hygiene and sanitation workshops are completed.

Village Water Well Committees are trained on well maintenance by the local TSP team.

SSW with select women facilitators, are conducted in the Samburu language, use cultural references and story-telling. Community event/parties serving tea/lunch and Shukas (Kenyan cloth) are distributed as a reminder of what they have learned.

SSW educates women on HIV/AIDs prevention, reproductive health, conflict resolution, the importance of education, and understanding the harmfulness of FGM and child marriages.

Sustainability:

TSP has 13 years’ experience of community involvement while drilling over 100 wells in the Samburu community.

TSP wells provide water for life by establishing a well maintenance committee, training, establish well maintenance savings fund, and ongoing support by local TSP team. Workshops are one-day activities, however messaging through story-telling is repeated at community gatherings.

Community Building:

Access to clean water combined with the educational component fosters community building.  The community works together with TSP staff and the well-drilling crew to provide labor, food, security with a common goal; health and sanitation workshops introduce health officials to the community; families begin participating in community savings accounts; joint business and gardens; a water well serves as a central hub for the community.

Innovative:

Samburu people are dedicated to maintaining their tribal traditions and seek ways to maintain their pastoral customs in a modern world. Engaging the community on a grassroots level; introducing new concepts to them about education, gardening and women’s empowerment, innovation is measured in small ways that bear a major impact on their lives and communities.

Measurable:

TSP has a results-driven timeline from community application through well drilling and Samburu Sisters Workshops.  This timeline has been successfully demonstrated with 108 prior well projects throughout the Samburu region.

Proven measurements: education triples in TSP communities, waterborne diseases are all but eradicated, food diversity and security increases, increased women engagement in small business.

Organization’s Mission Statement:

To provide access to clean water and continue to support well communities with initiatives that promote health, education, women’s empowerment and general well-being.

Link to the website:  https://www.thesamburuproject.org/