OFOK Rainwater Harvesting Project, Phase 2 – Kenya

This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

This project has been completed.  To read about the conclusion, CLICK HERE.  

Kamiyawa sub-location, Homa-Bay County, Western Kenya

Community Description
The community where the project is situated is comprised of about 60 households, two schools and one market.

Organic Food Kenya (OFOK) is a Community Based Organization (CBO) that empowers the local schools, youth, widows and the community farmers at large. Their mission is to train community members to change their lifestyles to eat locally-grown organic food and drink clean safe water from a known source.

OFOK is geared towards accomplishing food security, good health, and the availability of economic resources that can be used for educating children and improving their lives.

Problem Addressed
There is a lack of safe water for drinking in the community.

Eating inorganic food and drinking unclean water within the community, surrounding schools and the market have led to outbreaks of illnesses that have brought about the loss of lives and resources.

Project Description
This project is to build a rainwater harvesting system to capture and store water at 5 Identified homes for the use of the community.

The houses are in Kandaria, the neighboring community where OFOK has expanded its work and is sharing the knowledge of how to grow healthy food and the importance of clean water.

6 big water tanks will be purchased for the storage of drinking water. Gutters will be placed on the buildings to catch the rainwater, which will be piped to the tanks.

Water Charity funds will pay for the tanks and materials and the work will be done by OFOK volunteers.

Project Impact
65 households will be directly served, and 6000 people will benefit indirectly.

Project Administration
Raymond Orenda, Co-Founder, Organic Food Kenya

The result of the project will be a community with commendable food security with organic food on the table, clean, safe drinking water and money in the pocket for better living standards.

The importance of permaculture education in communities is measured not just in the creation of clean food but in the creation of community. People naturally gather around water and food and it is the basis of all civilizations, and a clear path to the future is created in the process.

Among the groups most benefitting from the project are those most marginalized, such as orphans, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAS) and the elderly.

Let Girls Learn
This project will reduce the burden on girls, who have the major responsibility for fetching water. Relieved of this burden, they will have the time to attend and remain in school.

Monitoring & Maintenance
Monitoring and maintenance will be done by the community, working through a committee, and the OFOK leadership, to keep the system providing water for all.

Project Funding
Funds for this project have been provided by an anonymous donor.  If you would like to see more projects such as this one, please make a general donation to Water Charity.