ASDF transforms the lives of people living in the arid and semiarid lands of South eastern Kenya by providing an innovative, sustainable and environment-conserving solution to water scarcity: Sand Dams.
Through the transfer and implementation of the sand dam technology, the communities are not only accessing clean and safe water for their domestic needs, they are also having sufficient water to engage in irrigated crop farming, livestock production and tree growing which improves the lives and general income of the people.
Further to the sand dam construction, we also construct rock catchments for rain water harvesting in areas with extensive rock outcrops. We also construct concrete water tanks for primary and secondary schools in the extremely needy regions so as to keep the young ones in school.
This is in addition to equipping the communities with the knowledge and skills they need to protract the benefits of the water made available through our intervention to more areas of their lives. This is mostly done through an array of trainings that cover critical areas like Water and Sanitation, Conservation
agriculture, environmental conservation as well as livestock production.
Our strategy: Water is key; sustainability is at the heart of it.
Climate change is considered one of the strongest forces challenging food security for in the tropical regions, more particularly the arid and semiarid lands of the sub Saharan Africa. With the ever increasing rainfall unpredictability and the longer, more severe drought spells, enhancing food security for the poor and vulnerable peasant farmers is now demanding a lot more than just attention to food production. It is now becoming increasingly vital to foster innovations that promote climate change adaptability as a way of cushioning communities from its delipatating effects and at the same time ensure that those measures have a positive and sustainable impact on environmental rehabilitation and conservation.
As ASDF, we are addressing this need by investing our time and financial resources towards the promotion of the Sand Dam technology, a sustainable water harvesting solution that has a lasting effect on both the people and the environment.
The structures, which collect and store water insitu, not only promote biodiversity, but also recharge the natural aquifers thus reducing the effects of climate change in the larger community.
This has been proved to not only address the challenge of food security and environmental conservation directly, but also impacted the 2 key pillars indirectly by releasing productive hours from water searching to other developmental activities such as digging of terraces, tree planting and irrigated farming.
The availability of clean and safe drinking water is also directly linked with improved health, which further lessens the burden of sickness and disease, allowing the communities to invest more time and finances on productive tasks in the community.
ASDF’s intervention are also helping keep young children and girls in school, as the burden to search for water is relieved, and the group given a humble time to concentrate on their most important task_ learning.
In short, ASDF has been successfully addressing FIVE DGs through its innovative water harvesting and storage and distribution technologies.