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    Water is Life Kenya (WILK) is a non-profit organization that has been bringing clean, accessible water to communities in Southern Kenya since 2007. We work mainly in drought-prone areas, populated by rural Maasai people who rely on cattle as their main source of income. Our dream is to help them create solutions to access and manage available water and then use water to escape poverty.

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Water is Life Kenya's three Pillars. Water projects, livestock as a business and beaded handicrafts
Water is Life Kenya helps remote villages in Southern Kenya bring water close to home. We train women and men how to benefit from their skills in raising cattle. We have a beaded handicraft division that helps artisans and their families immediately and the profits go back into our water projects. We listen, we ask questions, and we act so that everybody can escape poverty.
Learn more about our dream here.
water projects, livestock as a business and beaded handicrafts photos

OUR IMPACT: 17 clean water projects, over 10 years – all operational

Average Distance to Water:

Previously 4 Miles
Now 1 Mile

Number Served:

over 50,000 and tens of thousands of livestock everyday

Hours Saved as a Result of WILK:

13,500 per Day

The $1,626,732 raised by Water is Life Kenya since 2007 has resulted in 50,000+ lives and tens of thousands of livestock being impacted daily at an average cost of $30 per person. 

We Celebrate the Completion of the Kuku Community Deep Well in East Africa

New signThe Kuku well is the most productive of the deep well projects Water is Life Kenya has dug to date.

Before the well, women in the community walked many hours every day to dig in a dry river bed to access barely potable water. Poor water often resulted in serious health issues for their families.  In a community with hundreds of women, and each woman needing several cans of water to take care of her family, the water lines were long. The women were often forced to come at night in a group, with warriors to protect them from the elephants, hyenas, and lions that gather around the watering holes to drink. (read more here..)

 Thirst Reverse V

board members, Joyce and her father

Board members, Mary Woods, Carol Boncelet, Linda Stapleford, Founder, Joyce Tannian, and Board President, Francis Tannian.

 

 

This year’s Thirst Reverse V was a success!

We partnered with the Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant in Newark for our fifth annual “Thirst Reverse” fund raising event. Twenty percent of all Iron Hill’s revenue on food sales on October 3rd and $1 for every pint or mug sold of Kenyan Quench beer until the beer runs out goes to Water is Life Kenya. (read more here)

 

 

 

Meet our Kenyan Friends

Joseph Larasha

Larasha and Dorcas were here from Kenya to share with us their stories. Click here to learn more about their visit and favorite things about America.Click here to hear Joyce’s thoughts on how to she helped their visit stay strong everyday.

 

 

 

TEDx Talks abound for our Water is Life Kenya team:

Joyce at TEDx talk

Joyce Tannian – “Singing Water out of the Ground in Kenya” talk  –  https://waterislifekenya.com/tedxtalk/

Joseph Larasha – “How I learned confidence from a lion” talk – https://youtu.be/jSop9tpxuWM

Dorcas Mutero presenting her TEDx talk at the Ursuline Academy

Dorcas Mutero – “Education at any Age” talk –  https://youtu.be/tldDorq2DDk

Summer 2018 Newsletter
From Kenyan visitors, Joseph Larasha and Dorcas Mutero, to collaborations with Engineer without Boarders, Newark Professional Chapter.  We have had one busy six months.  This newsletter will fill you in on all projects we have been working on:
–  Larasha and Dorcas’ thoughts on their first trip to the States
– Training our water management committees for sustainability
– How Imurtot Primary School is having easy access to water through  a successful collaboration
– Rains mean fat cows and results in farmers being successful when they went to the market
– The weather was great for our Water Walk this year
– Learn how Margrate is prepping for the next drought
– Besides donating you can get involved and volunteer

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Learn more about us by visiting our profile page on GuideStar!

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