Mukuru Slum, Nairobi, Kenya.
Kenya Red Cross
June 2021 – August 2022
2 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water and Kenya is one of the most affected countries. With a population of 50 million, 32% of Kenyans rely on unsafe water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells, and rivers. Not having access to safe drinking water leads to sickness and, in some cases, death. With a staggering population of over 700.000 people, the sanitation conditions in the Mukuru slums almost constitute a humanitarian crisis. Lack of safe drinking water directly impacts the small households’ social and economic development due to poor health, unstable income, and reduced or no school attendance.
The Kenya Red Cross Society and 4Life Solutions formed a partnership to provide safe and sustainable drinking water to families living in the slum of Mukuru with the aim to also instil long-lasting health-related behaviours throughout the community. The project was a viability project aiming to increase access to safe drinking water through the distribution of 10,000 SaWa Bags.
The project met its objectives and provided the inhabitants with safe drinking water. The project further delivered on multiple United Nations SDGs, among others: