Sunshine stories from Kenya

Friday, June 30, 2017

‘’Before we have been suffering, especially the children with constant stomach problems which have ended and reduced after we started using the Solvatten container” says Ann Kiwera, mother of 2 children.

17,3 million people live without access to safe water in Kenya, even a greater number does not have electricity. In situations like this, people need sustainable solutions that can be of assistance to improve living standards and to the development of the country.

Solvatten and International Aid Services (IAS), collaborates in order to support people that are vulnerable, particularly the people affected by the climate changes in Kenya. Improved health, less need to burn firewood and enhanced use of solar power are the three building blocks in this project. Axfood is the corporate partner supporting the project and a large reason why it started and has been so successful throughout the years.

So far, this project has reached over 1,000 families in the Tharaka County in Kenya. IAS has worked in the area for many years and has great experience in the region. Through IAS’ network, Solvatten’s water containers are introduced and presented in an effective way to the following target groups: new mothers, families with small children, healthcare personal and agricultural cooperatives. With Solvatten provided and the attached hygiene education, many prominent health issues can be forestalled in Tharaka, (such as cholera, typhoid, viruses or parasites). The initiative also helps the targeted groups to better cope with the climate changes taking place in Sub Sahara. Unanticipated whether conditions and increased deforestation have serious negative effects on water availability and quality, as well as, the environment in general. Erosion increases as the forest decreases and the rivers now completely dry out during the dry-season, which was extremely rare a couple of years ago. In addition, sustained heat waves and drought make people in the region more exposed and vulnerable to climate change.

By cooperating with Solvatten AB, Axfood partly compensates for their emission to the environment. An approximation of the diminishing emissions directly tied to this project reaches 5,800 tCO2. The goal, described above is to make an effort to help the people, the environment and the climate. By increasing the use of Solvatten globally, one is also in support of the United Nation’s long-term vision of trying to be part of a development that caters our needs without compromising coming generations opportunities to cater theirs.

Together, we can help the people that are the most vulnerable and exposed to climate changes and injustices.