Millions of Kenyan slum residents have no respite in sight as they constantly face water
rationing. These residents dig deeper into their pockets to buy water from vendors who charge
them exorbitantly. This happens even as their rural counterparts walk several kilometers in
search of the much elusive basic essentials of life. The said water problems can be blamed on
drought, degradation of catchment areas, and global warming. This means there’s much work to
be done to contain the acute shortage. Amid the acute shortage, these residents are also faced
with disease outbreaks such as cholera. Jamii Aid Network, therefore, has an obligation:
a). To raise awareness and community education on the importance of
water conservation, hygiene,, and sanitation.
b). To ensure water availability by partnering with both the National
Government and the County Government to help in digging wells,
drilling/sinking large high-yielding boreholes and collection and storage
of floodwater during the rainy season and piping of water in various
c). Assisting in water harvesting by capturing rain where it falls or
capturing the runoff and collecting in tanks, dams, etc. And taking
measures to keep that water clean by not allowing polluting activities to
take place in the catchment. Millions of gallons of water go to waste
that could be harnessed to either produce electricity, utilized to irrigate
farmlands or collected in man-made dams for various purposes. Jamii
Aid Network assists to harvest and store water in; Storage tanks,
cylindrical Ferro cement tanks, mortar jars, battery tanks (i.e.
interconnected tanks) made of pottery, polyethylene.
e). To educate the residents on the importance of water sanitation and
hygiene as a means of curbing water-borne diseases. Jamii Aid Network
works with communities to assist in the provision of water treatment
materials to improve the quality of water.
f). To work with residents to rescue them from the dangers of floods
and other flood prevention mechanisms such as clearing waterways
and sewer systems.