Water Points and Smart Farming
A family in search of water
Water is exceptionally scarce in the Kenya drylands. Women in drylands can walk over 25 km from their homes in search of water, taking them away from their families for up to a week at a time. Rural areas face similar challenges. Long distances and transport limitations confine water collection and use to human and animal consumption while the desiccated land remains inhospitable to crop farming. Such obstacles perpetuate food scarcity in the regions.
Civicom’s goal is self-reliant Turkana, Pokot, and Karamoja families, with food security, children free from malnutrition, and access to water resources.
Build water points for better access
Civicom Aid’s 2023 – 2027 strategic plan supports building 180 drylands community water points and 40 rural water points equipped with boreholes, storage tanks, solar pumps, and residential piping extensions. These new access points will enable people to grow crops, improve sanitation, fight hunger-related deaths, provide in-household water, and supply the food security needed to live and fight malnutrition.
- We build community water points to provide water for human and animal consumption and crop irrigation
Train family farmers
We empower family farmers with the skills, knowledge, and water resources they need to grow crops for food and profit. Each year, we train over twenty thousand family farmers in dryland, rural, and slum areas of low-income countries.
- We train family farmers on farming methods, land preparation, weather conditions and planting time, pest/disease detection, storage systems, seed selection, and abatement
We link family farmers with external markets, loans/grants, and remote agronomists
In return for the aid, each beneficiary is required to plant at least 150 trees to help address deforestation and combat emissions that contribute to climate change.
Farmers plant and take care of all trees they plant