{% load static %} Pamoja CBO

Safe Water.

Pamoja CBO collaborated with local communities to plan, implement, and evaluate safe water projects.

Program Details.

a) Kaila Safe Water Intervention.

This activity involved distribution of 1000 water filters to households in Kaila sub-location in Seme sub County, of Kisumu County, Kenya. The area experiences intermittent cholera outbreaks due to inadequate safe water. Pamoja CBO collaborated with Kaila community and MOH to plan, implement, and evaluate this intervention.

This activity furthers our exempt purposes by building the community's capacity to address this important health issue. We are allocating approximately 2% of our time to this project.

Funding for this project has come in the form of in-kind donations to Pamoja CBO, of LifeStraw water filters donated by the manufacturer, Vestergaard-Frandsen. Pamoja CBO human resources for the project were funded by the Texas entity, through private donations.

b) Remba Island Water, Sanitation and Development Project.

The Remba Island Safe Water Project was a short-term immediate solution for the urgent health needs on the island. To build on this project, Pamoja CBO has begun working with the MOH, Rotary International, and the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group, to develop a long-term safe water solution for Remba Island. This phase takes the “Future Visions” approach and included activities that address sanitation, and improvement to health and education infrastructure on the island. The planning stage took place in 2010. The implementation is on second phase and is scheduled to end in December 2018. We are allocating approximately 10% of our time t owards activity planning in 2010.

This activity furthers our exempt purposes by turning the short-term water project into a holistic long-term community development program. Funding for the implementation of this project is from Rotary International, Park Cities Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Olympia, Rotary Club of Lacey and the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG). Pamoja CBO human resources, travel expenses, communication expenses, and meeting logistics was partially funded by private donations through the Texas entity.

c) Remba Island Safe Water Project (RESWA).

Remba Island is situated in Lake Victoria, in Mbita Sub County of Homa - Bay County, Kenya. Remba is a small fishing island supporting a population of approximately 4600 people. The quality of life for people on Remba is adversely affected by high rates of diarrhea due to contaminated lake water which is the residents' only source of drinking water. In partnership with the community, Pamoja CBO designed and implemented a short-term water project (LifeStraw ) to address this problem.

LifeStraw is a new line of portable, low maintenance and easy to use point-of-use water purifiers. The filters were distributed to the entire island population in 2009 and has resulted in a dramatic reduction in diarrhea rates and has averted deaths, particularly among children under 5 years old. In May 2010, Pamoja CBO complete a one-year follow-up evaluation of this project and disseminate the results.

The Remba Island Safe Water Project furthers our exempt purposes by increasing community capacity to address a critical health issue on the island. Approximately 10% of our time is allocated to completing this activity. Pamoja CBO received funding for this project as a private donation through Rotary Internation.