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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

ALIN applies for funding to conserve Wangwachi dam

By Bob Aston
Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) applied for funding from Grand Challenges Canada Fund to be able to raise funds towards reduction of water-borne diseases through conservation of Wangwachi dam in Laikipia, Kenya.
The essence of the idea is to harness green energy technologies for integrated watershed management, conservation and water supply systems that will increase incomes through production of irrigated nutritious food and reduction of waterborne diseases among vulnerable communities.

The best ideas will be selected out of 750 global applications through online voting. Laikipia Rural Voices would like to urge you to watch the 2 minutes idea and vote for ALIN to succeed.

To register your vote open the link given below and click on ‘LIKE THIS APPLICATION’. Feel free to share through your networks so that ALIN can get as many votes as possible! Here is the link; the voting session will expire on 15th November 2013 at 1pm.

The proposed measures that ALIN is proposing towards this project is the conservation of the catchment area of Wangwachi dam. The dam is a critical resource that is shared by over 20,000 humans and over 200,000 animals. This is a fact which contributes to the high vulnerability of local community to diseases borne by animals.

During the long dry period contamination level in the water increases. Local farmers have extended their garden plots to the very edge of the dam. The close interaction between human and animals causes a transfer of diseases such as cholera, typhoid, dysentry and bilhazia among others.

“Local users will be organized into a water user Association and a Catchment and dam management plan will be developed. Users will also be trained on the use of appropriate water purification system,” said Samwel Mwangi, Team Leader Community Empowerment ALIN.

“The project will also ensure separation of access point for both human and animals as well as water and sanitation campaign for the more than 20,000 users of the dam,” said Samwel.

The access points will be powered by a solar wind highbreed generator since there is no electricity in the project site.

Listen to the Wangwachi dam voices

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