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Initial Water Delivery

Emergency Water Relief Program (EWRP)

Not without it’s share of bumps in the road, we’re happy to report that the initial water delivery of the EWRP was a huge success.

October 1, 2013
The day started early – about 6:30 AM…

and would wrap up some 17 hours later.  

First, the driver had to be physically shown the driving plan to make sure all 5 villages would receive their water.

Then authorization had to be gained from the water management.

Followed by the long process of filling the boozer truck at the water source.

5  1/2 hours later the truck pulled up to it’s first delivery point, Illaramatack Village.

Multiple trips and into night it continued until all points were reached, Kamukuru being the last stop.

Car mechanical problems; being short-handed; waiting on military trucks to fill; and working until midnight are nothing  compared to the shouts of joy heard as the truck pulled up in the villages to deliver fresh water.

 

  
As the tank is being filled, women start showing up to fetch water.
 “God sent” said some of the women.

  
Here you can see the line developing in Nasemiti.  They arrive and line up their cans, all
filling their cans at the same time so their is no misunderstanding later of who got what.


One of the exciting aspects of the program is the villages’ desire to participate.  The women of the Naserian Community organize payment for their portion of the boozer truck rental.

Your donations help make huge strides like these possible.
This is only one step down a long road to a sustainable future.

Emergency Water Relief Program

Maji Masafi has initiated a phase called the Emergency Water Relief Program to address the short term goal of providing reliable, consistent water while the long term infrastructure is built upon.


During the dry season – August to November – water resources in Magadi are strained, and the few access options to clean water that exist are stretched to the breaking point.

The change in the quality of life when the villages get the clean water they need is noticeably evident to anyone who witnesses it. But that is being threatened because of the huge demand and the lack of infrastructure. The water is not being delivered as regularly as it should be.

We need to take matters into our own hands and help the women of this area continue to implement the program and solve this problem through the Emergency Water Relief Program.

MMI made arrangements to rent a water boozer truck and a driver from Nairobi. Once a week, the driver will take the truck to the main water point in Magadi and fill up one 10,000 liter tank for each village. This process of back and forth from the water source to the villages will take the entire day.

The women of these villages have already shown signs of great progress. They plan to help offset the costs of the service by selling the water for 20ksh for 40 liters. MMI will cover the remaining costs at about $400 per week. The most exciting thing about this plan is that it came from these women, not us. They are personally taking on accountability for their growth, both personally and as a whole – that, in itself, is success in the making!