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Clean Water, a Basic Human Right: Kenya

Without the means to collect rainwater during frequent droughts and due to the use of a watering hole that was shared with livestock, accessing clean water was once a challenge for the Emayian Maasai community in Kenya.

Through the efforts of the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) and MADRE, women in the community have been able to set up and manage a water purification system. Now, there is uncontaminated water year-round, which has contributed to a significant decrease in cases of scabies, cholera and other waterborne diseases.

Accessing water from a local pipeline
Accessing water from a local pipeline. (© IIN)

Livestock drinking water from a trough
Livestock drinking water from a trough. (© IIN)

A water tank in the village
A water tank in the village. (© IIN)

Women in Kenya collecting water
With a centralized water system, women in the community no longer have to travel great distances with heavy containers of water. (© IIN)

Children  drinking purified water
Children drinking purified water. ( © IIN)