It is no doubt that the worst famine on the horn of Africa was precipitated bydrought. This led to death of animals, the key source of livelihood here.
It was made worse when humans did not have water for life.
In the heat of relief, TSM singled out provision of alternative more permanent water points for populations here both as relief on the short term and long term solution rehabilitation of the region.
We could have supplied water by trucks. Instead we decided to dig wells and boreholes. These were already preferred solutions here in any case. The government allocated ksh 1.4 million for each constituency to provide water.
“the chief and TSM team at Lavaley borehole “]
But this is totally inadequate in comparison to the needs. Some of the boreholes done were not at required depth and so ran dry. Many of these wells were not sufficient for human and animals and besides many were too deep to easily draw water from.
Our first borehole in Wajir yielded 10 cubic litres p/h. This is providing water to three villages around Wajir town, one of them, Wagberi, has close to 8000 households. The Ministry of the Northern region have requested that they tap from here to other neighbouring villages. The water is much and very sweet knowing what we often get in Wajir.
In complementing these efforts we have rehabilitated one borehole to new depths and re-equipped it to provide water at Levaley to over 7000 households and their stock. We have provided also 15 well and hand pumps for each to allow quick and easy access to water for older people and children.
These are very low maintenance due to low mechanization, at initiating and latter running them.
In another place we have helped restore a windmill pumping water for a community. They use this water also for farming vegetables for home and sale.
We plan to focus on providing water in the region with 20 more wells needed and 5 more boreholes to help provide water for people livestock and farming.
We have one earth dam in an area where doing a borehole is not feasible because of the salinity of the water, nor wells will be possible.
Many thanks for your support in this venture.
Canon Francis Omondi
TSM international Director