About the project
The Ilwani People, formerly known as the Malakote were located on the banks of River Tana in Tana River County. The over 20, 000 people were however relocated after a government directive due to semiannual floods in the region.
The community has since suffered lack of clean and consistent water supply, which has affected them economically. Poverty levels have risen and school enrollment rates have gone down.
The Kenya National Adult Literacy Report says the region has absolute poverty rates of about 55percent. Primary school enrolment rates for boys is 11.2 percent and for girls 6.5percent. Secondary school enrolment rates are worse at 5.4percent for boys and 2.6percent for girls. About 46.47percent of the population is aged 18 years and below.
Safaricom Foundation in partnership with Bible Translation Literacy (BTL) and Hagman-Jennings family invested Kshs.3.6million to sink a solar powered borehole at a local primary school to benefit the children at the school and surrounding community.
Small demonstration gardens have also been set up to train the community on farming.
The water project will serve the primary school with a population of 300 children and approximately 350 households in Morokani village.
The rate of water borne diseases will go down while there is expected higher school enrollment and retention.
Women will also spend their time on economic generating activities rather than searching for water.