Building a new Sand Dam in Kenya

Building a new Sand Dam in Kenya

Clean Water

It’s a shocking fact that, worldwide, 1 in 10 people still don’t have access to clean water. That’s 785 million people who don’t have water for drinking, washing or cooking close to their homes.  [link to stats: https://www.wateraid.org/facts-and-statistics]

At Rotary Leeds White Rose we’re doing our bit to change that. We’re raising funds to build a new Sand Dam in Kenya that will provide a whole community with access to clean water for decades to come. The Rotary clubs of Yorkshire, the Humber and North Lincolnshire are working together to raise £25,000 for the Sand Dams project [link: https://www.excellentdevelopment.com/working-together-with-rotary]. 

What is a sand dam?

A sand dam is a stone masonry wall built across a seasonal sandy river. It’s an effective, sustainable way of collecting and filtering water in dry areas that experience flash flooding.  There’s more information about how sand dams work here https://www.excellentdevelopment.com/what-is-a-sand-dam.  The important thing is that each sand dam gives around 1,000 people year-round access to clean water.  Once built, they need virtually no maintenance and can last for up to 60 years. 

What are the benefits? 

Sand dams benefit whole communities. As well as the lifesaving benefits that clean water brings, there are less obvious impacts. With water for farming and irrigation, communities have greater food security which is further improved by better land conservation.  Clean water improves access to education, especially for women and girls – if people don’t have to spent hours every day fetching water, they can spend their time more productively. Sand dams benefit people, their communities and their environment. 

How can I help? 

It costs just £13 to provide one person with clean water for life. Here’s how you can bring a lifesaving resource to help people transform their communities.