Mary Njeri (middle) at her homestead with a Community health Volunteer (left) and Canary Njihia (right), WASH Project Coordinator. ©World Vision Photo/ Martin Muluka.

Mary Njeri from Salgaa, Nakuru County is now able to enjoy safe purified water for use in her home.

World Vision Kenya and in partnership with the Nakuru county government launched the Belbur water project which is providing clean piped water to more than 120 households and our target is to reach 300 households by the end of 2022.

Additionally, we are partnering with the ministry of health to conduct training and distribution of water purifiers through community health volunteers to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases for families in Salgaa.  Each Volunteer is reaching out to 100 households and training them on water purification using the Procter & Gamble Sachets.

Mary shows the transformation of the dirty water from the river (left) into clean, safe drinking water (right) using the P&G sachets. ©World Vision Photo/ Martin Muluka

The purifier, which comes in the form of a powder (packed in four-gramme sachets), is manufactured by P&G under its Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) programme.

In just 30 minutes, a single sachet can quickly turn ten litres of dirty and potentially deadly water into clean and safe drinkable water. It kills bacteria, viruses, and other bugs that contaminate water. In addition, it helps in the removal of solid materials which are filtered out using a cloth before the water is consumed.

Thanks to the innovative water purification technology, Mary is now able to provide clean water for her family. ©World Vision Photo/ Martin Muluka

A 2021 joint report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF indicated that sub-Saharan African countries like Kenya are experiencing the lowest rate of progress with regard to universal access to clean and safe water.  According the report, only 54 percent of the continent’s population uses safe drinking water.

These figures mirror the situation in the country, especially in rural areas where an estimated 40 percent of households rely on non-improved sources of drinking water (including surface water, unprotected wells or springs) based on Government Statistics from the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey (KDHS).

The water treatment sachets, which World Vision and P&G are enabling communities to access in Salgaa among other rural areas in Kenya, have gone a long way in addressing this challenge. This has contributed greatly to a reduction in diarrhoea, typhoid, cholera, dysentery and other water-borne diseases that are adversely affect affected communities, especially children.

P&G usually partners with non-profit organisations such as World Vision to provide the sachets to rural areas where communities lack access to clean drinking water.

With your continued support, we will reach more households with clean and safe water enhancing health and development for families in Salgaa.