“This sand dam has changed everything for us. My three children are back in school. My wife no longer has to trek kilometres for water. I am able to help others."
Getting Water From Sand explains how you can trap water during the rainy season and use it during dry periods. Excellent Development helped build the sand dam that Mr. Mdambuki now uses.
His story . . .
Standing in his nursery, Muendo Mdambuki proudly surveys the lush tomato plants and kale which have changed not only his, but many of the lives of the villagers in Kangemi.
“I am now the new Muendo, the old Muendo is no more. . .” he says, describing how his life has changed over the last twelve months.
Muendo has lived all his life in Kangemi, an arid region of south eastern Kenya, where he has had to sustain his family from the fruits of a small farm plot. When the rains failed to come four years in a row and his crops failed, Muendo found it very hard to support his family. During the hard times that followed Muendo, his wife and three children subsisted on one simple meal of ugali – a thick corn meal mash - per day.
“Our children were forced to withdraw from school because they were too hungry to study” he reflects. After being asked what he did then, in the light of severe food shortage, with good humoured stoicism he noted, “I adjusted my stomach…”
With little food and no rain, their lives were determined by the daily journey to get water. “We had to walk 10 kilometres every day to get water. The trek took almost the entire day and my wife had to leave the children at home alone”.
Find out how successful Mr. Mdambuki is today by reading the rest of his story on the Excellent Development website. Donate towards their cause.