Reports from 2011 indicate that the ongoing drought in eastern Africa is the worst in 60 years. In response to the latest outbreak, in August 2011 AAR Japan sent team members to the Republic of Kenya, delivering emergency rations and aid. From February of this year, AAR has also made strides to supply clean water to the area of Mutomo in Kitui District, where a water shortage continues. The installation of a water supply is seen as key to overcoming not only the current drought, but also to alleviating similar situations in the future.
|September 13th, 2012 – Extracting water from the riverbed during the dry season. It is sometimes necessary to dig up to 5m to access water.|
17km of Pipeline Installed
The two pipelines together have a total of 1,500 connection points. In order to make full use of all the water-selling outlets, all of the connection points are currently undergoing repairs for water leakage.
|From the well on the left side: A 5km pipeline stretches to Nzalani via Nduudune, and an 8km pipeline goes to Tuvila, continuing to Makele.|
|September 25th, 2012 – Workers discuss as construction advances. 2nd from the right is Bunji SAITOU from AAR’s Kenya office, while 2nd from the left is Go IGARASHI from AAR’s Tokyo office.|
|October 11th, 2012 – Water reaches Makele’s water outlet, where Daigo TAKAGI from AAR’s Kenya office checks the tap. The locals are looking forward to using the facility.|
The water facilities are to be maintained by locals after completion, led by the nearest committee member. We hope that our support will have a lasting effect toward combatting the region’s recurring drought problems.
|June 22nd, 2012 – Committee members for water regulation educate local children about the importance of washing their hands.|
|September 15th, 2012 – A completed water tower. It can temporarily store approximately 50 tons of water.|
|September 25th, 2012 – The pipeline also carries water to the hand-washing facility of the public toilet.|
*This effort was made possible thanks to your warm contributions, as well as through the support of Japan Platform.