Salute e Sviluppo, NGOs with experience in the field of design and management of projects for socio-economic development of populations launched the three-year project “Promoting Access to Safe Water and Basic Sanitation for the Population of the Division of Karungu, Kenya“, in May 2014, thanks to funding provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Access to safe water is a priority condition in preparation for both the effectiveness of health interventions and local economic development. The lack of safe water and sanitation is a basis for a disconcerting rate of unhealthiness that feeds disease and prevents development. The project involves the construction of a water system articulated in kiosks of water at schools and aggregation points administered by groups of local management for over 16.000 beneficiaries of the Division of Karungu. The creation of primary health services and the formation of qualified staff is also planned. All this is backed by intense campaigns of health and hygiene education and awareness for the local community. The population of Karungu lives on the edge of survival. Its proximity to Lake Victoria has encouraged the establishment of a relationship of dependency with consistently contaminated water. A water system model and water treatment that has never been seen before in Kenya is being realized on these same banks.
To date we have:
- created a group for water management
- established part of the water system
- trained 10 craftsmen for the construction or primary sanitary services
- trained 50 secondary school students on the sustainable management of water resources and the dissemination of new technologies and renewable energy for the development of rural communities