AAFTwikoli/Wikimuu Water/Health/Education Project
Our primary objective is to improve the general health and welfare for these two communities by providing access to Water, Health care and improved Education for the 'early years age group'.
March 2012 - October 2013
Akamba Aid Fund
At present these two communities have no access to a reliable water source.
Women and children have to walk many kms to buy or collect water from seasonal wells or the riverbed. The nearest Health Care Clinic is 25 kms away. These two factors alone lead to a poor level of general health and well-being. There is a specific need to improve the existing facilities for 130 children in early years education, at present housed in mud & thatch structures with earth floors - and no proper toilets
This will be achieved by the construction of two earth catchment dams to store surface run offs during heavy rains. The construction of a small clinic to serve both communities and two new classrooms with toilets at Twikoli & Wikimuu Nursery Schools.
These classrooms will also be used as meeting rooms by the communities to form Women's Groups to assist with training in Sanitation and Health Education. This will lead to a healthier and more productive community.
To bring free access for the community to the "Water of Life".
Activities» Engage the community to form a Dam Management Committee with 50% women minimum involvement, and to clear site.
» Hire machinery to construct dams.
» Community to make area secure by fencing with a lockable gate.
» Instruct the community in managing the dam, including all health aspects to prevent contamination of water by animals and wasteful usage.
Success will be...shown by women and children having more time to pursue more beneficial activities and education.
To improve local access to healthcare facilities
Activities» Engage the community to form a management committee, and liaise with local M.O.H.
» Through local chiefs, encourage the communities to bring local materials to site (Sand, Gravel Water etc.)
» Community to carry out site leveling and excavations, under the supervision of our local skilled foreman.
» Carry out construction using local skilled labour (bricklayers, carpenters.) Install equip. and solar lighting. Hand to community, MOH and Nurse
Success will be...achieved by a marked improvement in the local health and well-being of the two communities.
Improve educational and hygiene facilities, for the existing nursery schools.
Activities» Improve existing local management structures.
» Construct classrooms and separate (VIP) toilet blocks, using local labour as before.
» Equip classrooms with locally made desks. Assist with formation of Women's Groups. Provide instruction to to these groups on hygiene.
Success will be...shown by a marked improvement in the children's academic skills, and general health through improved hygiene facilities.
Apart from the improvements in water, health and education already mentioned, we are expecting a long term improvement in the empowerment of women in this arid region of Eastern Kenya.
We will demonstrate the success by close monitoring and reporting by our local reps., community leaders, and our own trustees, three of whom are medical professionals, and one chartered water engineer.
In the whole project there is only one real risk, and that is the refusal of the M.O.H. to accept the clinic and to supply a gov. trained nurse and provide a monthly drug supply.
This we have dealt with by early consultation with the local M.O.H. Dept. and constructing the clinic and equipping it to their specification.
Donors to the project will receive a quarterly report on the project dealing with the progress and financial summary, and any necessary changes which have had to be made to date.
Any donor wishing to visit the completed project will be met and accompanied by a trustee.
Budget - Project Cost: £50,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £15,000 Machinery Hire Excavation of two dams. £18,200 Building Materials For Clinic, Classrooms and Toilets £5,500 Skilled Labour Employing local skilled labour. £2,900 Equipment Rainwater harvesting & medical equipment £3,700 Solar Lighting Emergency lighting for Clinic £4,700 Administration Supervision and Vehicle Hire
Twymua and Kakoongo sub Locations
800 persons direct, 3000 persons indirect - ALL living on less than $2 per day. There is no industry in the region, only subsistence farming and some casual labour.
We are the only charity or NGO working in this location, and we have 28 years experience of similar projects in the area
Read more about the Charity running this project.
An employed field agent, living in the area and of the same Akamba tribe. Lots of experience of Field Aid, and working with women's groups.
An employed field agent, living in the area, an Akamba farmer, well known and highly respected in the community. Well educated.
Dr James Buckle
Trustee, many years experience working at the main clinic near Kyuso. Senior partner in a Somerset Health Practice. Knows the area and its people well
Trustee. Chartered Engineer, has worked on water projects in the area for the past 16 years. As with all trustees lives with the community in Kenya.