CIVS Kenya
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Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries

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Written by Sophie Atieno

Having talked about the pros and cons of volunteering in orphanages abroad, we would like to shift our attention today to water and sanitation in developing countries.

Water is of great importance and access to it cannot be downplayed. Access to fresh water is a key to the economic development. Without it life becomes difficult for people. Kenya has been categorized as a scarce water country, just like many other developing countries which have a limited supply of renewable water.

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This lack of renewable water supply can be attributed by a number of things. For example urbanization. The poor planning that has often caught people in urban areas off guard and caused a struggle for access to water and sanitation. The result is development of slums which unfortunately have increased in number in the country.

This has forced people to have to buy water, which might not be safe for their use. With this urbanization even forests which serve as water catchment areas have been destroyed. Rural areas have also been affected by this problem of water shortage.

While certain groups of people in urban centres can find their way around this situation, there are more people who can’t and often require assistance.

The Centre for International Voluntary Service operates with a goal to uplift communities that are less fortunate and as a result, we have projects aimed at helping these people get water and sanitation needed for their safe livelihood.

CIVS focuses on giving solutions such as providing hygienic water storage facilities or equipment, rain water harvesting pumps, solar power pumps among others needed to ensure communities have acces to proper sanitation.

This makes a significant difference in their quality of life as it could prevent them from contracting waterborne diseases like malaria, cholera, diarrhea among others.

While it is part of the United Nations sustainable development goals to get as many communities to have access to water and sanitation, we have chosen to in our own way play a small part.

You can check out our website www.civskenya.org for more information or email us to be part of the change in as far as ensuring the less fortunate have access to water and sanitation.