DRINKING WATER WELLS
For places with little to no access to clean drinking water you can imagine the impact this has had on these communities. People that were walking miles to dip plastic containers in dirty streams can now pump clean drinking water within minutes. In many communities in Togo, Uganda, and Kenya, disease from dirty water kills more people every year than all forms of violence. In order to break this cycle we have built four mechanically powered wells around the Yoto River in Togo and one manually pumped well in the village of Babykyala, near Lake Kyogo in Uganda.
WATER QUALITY TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT
Most of the waterways in the areas where we work are polluted from human waste. In some instances industrial waste and sewage pollute these waterways, but the Riverkeepers there lacked the tools to test them. In 2018 we provided equipment and training to the Lake Kyogo Waterkeeper and Kenyan Lake Victoria Waterkeeper to test E. coli in their waterways. Now that they have the tools, they can test their waterways and use this data to advocate for the necessary cleanup.
Many of the needs that we take for granted in the developed world are insurmountable obstacles in parts of rural Africa. Our funds to date have helped provide transportation and training to the Lake Kyogo Waterkeeper so the community could plant 30,000 trees along the lake. These trees will restore the lake habitat. Some of the funds were also used to build a wooden patrol boat to help their water sampling efforts.