Water is life, surviving without water is the most hectic ordeal especially if you are a woman from since the household chore is your burden. Life with no source of water for Jelinda was hell with the nearest water source being 3Km away where she was to fetch water from for all her household chores . The result of this challenge was to forego some activities like bathing kids in order to preserve water for more important house chores like drinking and cooking. This piles up other problems to her family since the children are exposed to water washed diseases such as trachoma, scabies etc. For the last two years, rainfall has been low and their has been very low harvest and also the water points have dried up leaving Jelinda to walk for more than 5 kilometers.
After joining Mwendwa Lii women group which works with CIFORD , Jelinda together with other women have been trained on different techniques for eco agriculture and dry land farming. Some of the techniques have been on water harvesting and conservation where Jelinda was lucky to get a water tank from the project. Jelinda Quipps ‘things changed all over a sudden, after I received the water tank from CIFORD . I used to spend like three hours searching for water, I can now focus on other things. Even though there is no rain I can get someone with a donkey cart to fetch the water for me and pour it in the tank and that can serve me, my husband, my mother in-law and my four kids and my neighbours who are group members for two weeks’ .Jelinda’s home is also now used to train women on farming due to availability of water.
‘We are happy as group members since Jelidah has a large storage and we are able to fetch water at her place, it helps us not only for training as a group but also we can also get water for home use ‘ Says Nkatha is jelida’s neighbor.
Thank you for Supporting CIFORD to reach Jelinda and many other women in the community. A Water tank and its accessories cost USD 250.