“We shall not defeat any of the infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation, and basic health care.” –Kofi Annan
DONATION APPEAL:Many people in the developed world have never seen an actual slum in person. The conditions there are worse than you can imagine and the result is illness and death, general hopelessness and widespread depression. These people have never seen conditions improve in their entire lifetime, so they have given up hope. These are the people the AID Kenya Foundation is trying to help.
There are over 10,000 households living 2 villages and two major slums without sufficient basics like water and food: The Likoni in Mombasa; Lunga Lunga and Msambweni in Kwale along the coast and the Mukuru slums in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. There are many problems there related to overcrowding, poverty and general filth. The main problem that needs to be solved is basic access to clean and affordable drinking water, and simple, but functional toilets. If we can solve these two overwhelming problems, many of the other problems will improve on their own. But today, people are dying in droves due to cholera, dysentery and other diseases related to contaminated water and untreated sewage. A large percentage of them are children under 5 who lack the immunity many of the adults have developed.
Our charitable Trust-AID KENYA FOUNDATION – is currently operating three community schools and two orphanages in these slum areas. We serve over 2,000 children daily from poverty-stricken families. We have been in operation since 2006 – so far, we have been able to provide education, shelter, food provisions and even some sponsorship opportunities for these children. However, we can only help them while they are with us. When they go home to a filthy shack with dirty water and poor sanitation, they could end up with an illness that might make them unable to return to our community schools.
Running water is non-existent in these areas and the authorities is corrupt and broken – they can’t do anything to help. Many families not only lack access to the water, they have no cans or containers to store or transport it. So they are forced to spend their meager income to buy it at high prices from street vendors.
Our plan is to drill three new boreholes, provide jerrycans to transport the water to the families that need it, and construct some permanent pit toilets (latrines) out of cinderblock and cement. This will help to combat the ever-present cholera as well as jiggers – a parasitic disease that is very widespread, from untreated water, poor sanitation and hygiene.
It is an expensive project, but when you consider the amount of people who could benefit from these small and simple improvements, the cost benefit is amazing. And if many people could just contribute a few dollars – the cost of a cup of coffee or a burger. For that tiny amount, you could be saving the life of a child. Most of the children and the communities are infested with jiggers fleas due to lack of water and hygiene issues.
Here’s how you can help:
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