The JOINT SAND DAM PROJECT in SOUTH EAST KENYA
Rotary Sand Dams are bringing huge benefits to local communities in Africa. Sand Dams are self -help schemes which are extremely cost effective, giving people access to clean water and a chance to improve their health, wealth and prosperity.
Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Rotary Clubs joined forces to support the first Sand Dam project in Kenya in 2012, working in conjunction with Excellent Development who selected the site and supervised construction; also involved was the African Sand Dam Foundation who located the beneficiary communities. We also supported the second project in 2016 with the Rotary Club of Exeter, Southernhay. In April 2017 the two clubs launched a new Sand Dam project and sought support from neighbouring Rotary Clubs in the Chiltern area to build on the experience of having worked with Exeter Southernhay.
We needed to raise £15,500.00 for the Phase 1 of the dam, construction work started in May 2018 in Mumbuni in south east Kenya supported by the 34 strong Mumbuni self help group. Building the dam was completed by the end of July 2018 ready for the rainy season which finished around the end of December each year. That meant that clean water trapped in sand was available from January 2019. The second phase of the project was agricultural development around the dam, benefitting from the higher water table. This work was completed by July 2019 and included terracing the river banks, planting some 500 trees and starting to grow food crops with seed from local seed bank run as part of the project.
This is estimated that nearly 2000 people will benefit from access to the clean water provided by the dam and also, of course, add the later generations who will have access to home grown food and who will also benefit from the educational aspect of the dame project.
for more details visit the sand dam website at https://thewaterproject.org/sand-dams