Tauw sponsors Amref Flying Doctors. The project we sponsor -‘Clean water, healthy Maasai’- was completed at the end of 2015. A good time to look back: what results have been achieved? Of course there is also a new project that is about to be launched: ‘Clean water, a matter for everyone!’ in Addis Abeba, Afar and Oromia (Ethiopia).
Kajiado (a province in Kenya) is an arid area with few sources of safe drinking water. The region is inhabited by the nomadic Maasai who roam the plains with their cattle. The lack of safe water and knowledge about hygiene is the cause of a lot of diseases, in particular among (pregnant) women and young children.
This project focused on reducing the number of water and sanitation related diseases among the Maasai by improving access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities.
The ‘Clean water, healthy Maasai’ project ran from 2012 until the end of 2015. The results (up to June 2015) Amref has been able to realise with this project, thanks to the financial support of a number of companies including Tauw, are listed below:
Good results, which become really tangible when a local project manager talks about one of the wells which was realized with our financial support.
To ensure (financial) sustainability, well users pay a small fee for the water in proportion to usage. This is how the community saves for the upkeep of the well. The poorest families, who cannot afford the fee, do not have to pay.
The five-year health programme ‘Clean water: a matter for everyone!’ will be launched in 2016. A lack of drinking water, poor sanitation and waste (living in slums) lead to unhygienic situations in the urban areas of Addis Abeba, Afar and Oromia (Ethiopia). This often results in health problems.
Local authorities do not have the financial means or the expertise to tackle the problems. In addition policies frequently fail to be effectively implemented. Amref Flying Doctors will start tackling these problems with the support of Tauw. More than 140,000 people in slums and other poor areas will ultimately benefit from this project that focuses on:
Tauw signed a three-year contract with Amref Flying Doctors in June 2014. This means we have committed ourselves to the Amref water-related programmes. For more information about Amref Flying Doctors and the wonderful projects that they carry out visit www.amref.nl.