Watertanks in Kenya
The objective of our watertank project is to enable the needy families in the community of 550 people in rural Kenyan village – Kowour – to collect rain water.
The homes of families are equipped with gutters and a 3500 liter capacity container placed on a concrete base.
As the closing of the project we teach the participants how to use, clean and maintain the gutter and the container, and equip them with chlorine to disinfect water to make rain water consumable.
Unfortunately local families can not afford their own rainwater harvesting system (approx. 166,000 HUF per household) and without external help they can not collect rainwater effectively.
The project is designed to support disadvantaged groups of people. When selecting the families we focus on supplying containers to those that benefit most from the new opportunity. The project is realized with the involvement of the local people and the assistance of local experts.
We plan to realize the project with the use of funds provided by natural persons and companies, 1% donations of natural persons’ income tax and applications for funds.
How can you support the project?
You may donate any amount of cash or purchase some or all elements of the rainwater harvesting system*:
- 1 gutter unit*: HUF 2,500
- 1 concrete base: HUF 20,000
- 1 rainwater harvest container: HUF 70,000
- Installation of gutters (1 house): HUF 75,000
- Preparatory work for 1 house (gutters, concrete base): HUF 95,000
- Installation of 1 rainwater harvesting system: HUF 165,000
*The purchase of the individual parts is symbolic, the objective is to build entire rainwater harvest systems therefore donations – regardless of the number of purchased parts – will be spent on building as many complete systems as possible.
You may deposit or transfer your donations to our bank account at
Magnet Bank: 10403301-50526672-55771002
In the “comment” field please indicate: AFESO – and if possible the contributor’s tax number.
If you wish to support us with 1% of your income tax, please indicate the following beneficiary tax number
Why is it important?
Potable water is essential for life and health: without water an adult can not survive more than 2-3 days. The consumption of unhealthy water may lead to catch and spread diseases. Water – besides its physiological importance – is also essential for agriculture, industry and culture.
Although water is one of the most common substances on Earth, the qualitative and quantitative lack of potable water has become a key environmental issue of these days.
Sub-Saharan countries in Africa, including Kenya, are particularly inflicted by problems due to lack of fresh water.
Outside cities in Kenya potable water utilities are only dreamt of and in the dry season even city dwellers suffer from fresh water shortages. People living in the countryside – and lacking water utilities – collect water from nearby ponds, rivers, holes in the ground or wells and sometimes walk hours for unclean and often contaminated water.
Carrying water is a job for women and children (mainly girls). For these people the work is not just physically exhausting but also takes a lot of their time as they have to walk for hours first, then queue for more hours to fill their makeshift buckets and containers. The majority of families can not afford water disinfection equipment or chemicals (like chlorine) and sometimes can not boil water either so they use water for cooking and washing as they found it in the well, pond, etc. Sometimes they do their laundry and bath in the river too. In these circumstances water often carries infections and diseases.
This is also applicable to Kowour in Kenya. There is no water utility service in the village and electricity is only affordable for the wealthy, so the majority lives without piped water and electricity. They prepare their meals on makeshift cookers, use paraffin lamps at night and water is carried by women and children on foot from nearby groundwater sources. As the residents can not afford any vehicle, like motorcycle, donkey etc., the daily transportation of the necessary amount of water requires a significant physical effort and several hours of walking for local women.
On top of this, the water does not live up to standard hygienic expectations and is dirty, contaminated with bacteria. Many can not afford to disinfect water as both boiling and disinfection cost money and the options are reduced to the absolutely necessary minimum. As a result many villagers suffer from diarrhea and skin diseases.
As opposed to this rainwater harvesting is a clean and hygienic source of water and helps to fight diseases caused by poor quality water (like diarrhea and skin diseases). Also, the availability of water gives more time for other activities and children can go to school regularly while women may grow vegetables and families may have a more healthy and nutritious diet.
On top of all rainwater harvesting is a very environment friendly solution – it is more sustainable than well drilling or water utilities – which is only a dream in these villages – as instead of underground water it uses rain which – being a scarce resource – encourages economical use and supports self-sustainability. Rainwater harvesting also reduces the size of puddles around houses in the rainy season. (Although from an environment protection point of view rainwater harvesting is to be preferred to drilled wells, in the dry season wells may function as supplementary sources of water).
In Kowour rainwater harvesting is already practiced. Owing to a former project – financed by another organization – out of 55-60 families 15 already have their own rainwater container while others also collect rainwater in the rainy season, they simply put their pots in the rain and harvest water that is treasured and used very economically. However the capacity of this method is very low and only allows to collect reserves for 1-2 weeks while hygienic storage is also an issue.
Our rainwater harvesting project makes effective and hygienic rainwater collection available also for those who were left our from the previous project and can not afford their own rainwater harvesting system.