Access to water and sanitation is among the most basic infrastructures. When people have no or inadequate access, this has severe consequences for them. In developing countries in particular, water resources are scarce and there is a lack of sanitation facilities.
In Laikipia County in Kenya, more than half of households have no or only inadequate access to clean water and sanitation. Therefore, the Wilo-Foundation has been supporting the water project that is being carried out by the association Habitat for Humanity Deutschland e.V. in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Kenya in Laikipia County (2018-2020). The aim of the project is to give local families access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and, through training programmes, inform them about hygiene standards and sustainable water use. This significantly improves the everyday lives of the local population as women and their children no longer have to walk many miles to reach the nearest water point and to fetch water for their families. Moreover, selected community members are trained as craftsmen. In the future, they will be responsible for installing and maintaining the water pumps of the new water and sanitation systems
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The international humanitarian organisation Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 in Americus in the US State of Georgia as a personal initiative of the wealthy couple Millard Fuller and Linda Fuller. Today, the organisation works worldwide in more than 70 countries in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene, disaster relief and preparedness, and housebuilding and rehabilitation measures. Habitat for Humanity Germany, a non-profit association headquartered in Cologne, is part of the international Habitat for Humanity network.