Around the world, every 20 seconds a child dies from a preventable water-borne illness.
That’s 1.5 million preventable deaths each year.
UNICEF reports that lack of safe water and poor sanitation is the world’s single largest cause of illness. In Kibera there is a scarcity of water, and poor water quality greatly contributes to a health and sanitation crisis. The poor pay exorbitant rates for water. In Kibera there is no running water, and to obtain water residents pay two to ten times what Nairobi city residents pay.
Shining Hope for Communities is at the forefront of mitigating the water crisis in Kibera.
The Shining Hope water tower is Kibera’s largest single water point— providing 100,000 L of clean water per day for the community.
The Clean Water Project is substantially increasing our ability to provide the community water: it is targeting 2,000 households–12,000 people–per day in its pilot phase. Not only are we creating a more stable supply of water, but the water will be treated to prevent the waterborne illness we see every day at the Johanna Justin-Jinich Community Clinic. Shining Hope is selling the clean water below the current market price to ensure those who need the water most will have access. The profits from this project will sustain the water system itself, and help to offset the operational costs of the Kibera School for Girls. This project will then grow to scale over the next year to serve more as community distribution methods are implemented. The project officially opened on January 6th, 2012.
In addition to providing clean water, Shining Hope plans to provide comprehensive community health and hygiene education and training for the best possible health outcomes; and implement a monitoring & evaluation process to ensure integrity and quality control.