CLEAN WATER

Diarrhea kills more children than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined, making clean water a necessary part of any development conversation.

THE WATER CRISIS

Over 5,100 children die yearly from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Kenya. 41% of the 55 million people in Kenya do not have access to clean water—a true water crisis.

 

  • People have no consistent access to clean, safe water. Common water sources are local watering holes for animals and people alike, runoff from Mt. Kilimanjaro, a small stream, or Lake Victoria (filled with raw sewage, industrial waste, parasites, bacteria, and disease.)
  • Water-borne diseases is an ongoing, preventable health crisis in Kenya. People have been unprotected from epidemics such as cholera, typhoid, and parasitic worms.
  • The exposure rate is exceptionally high because the water is not only contaminated at the basins and pumps where it is collected, but also the containers are almost always “found,” second-hand objects, often previously used for oil, fertilizer, or waste.

What if this was your reality?  What can you do to help?

Filters or Wells

When access to water is only possible by a well, we dig and dig deep! But when there is access to water, you don’t need to dig a well, construct sand filters, or use purification chemicals. With Just One Africa’s water filter, no one has to boil their water to make it safe to drink. This saves trees, encourages reforestation, and reduces time and energy spent boiling water.

Our gravity-operated filter and fast flow rate mean anyone anywhere can have clean water in seconds. Just 4 inches long and less than 8 ounces, the filter can deliver 15 liters (4 gallons) of clean water in about 30 minutes.

The high flow rate eliminates the need to store water, reducing the chances of water contamination after filtering. The only external force required for the system to function is gravity.

Our filters were designed after using technology in kidney dialysis. The hollow fiber membranes deliver 0.1 absolute micron biological filtration, removing 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria like Salmonella, E. coli, Vibrio cholera, and Salmonella typhi (which cause Cholera and Typhoid) and all protozoa such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

Our filter system provides everything a family needs to turn any water source into clean, safe drinking water. That is a fantastic and life-changing return on $65 invested into changing the world for someone.

Become Part of the Solution

Imagine a world where everyone has access to clean water… mothers can provide safe water to their children… and sickness doesn’t rob those children of their education and childhood. Imagine a world where families don’t have to spend money purchasing medication for preventable diseases but can feed and educate their children.

Imagine a world where parents are healthy enough to work and are not sick in bed. They can earn a living, provide for their children, and change their world for the better.

Help Change the World

It has been reported that 10% of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, hygiene, sanitation, and proper water management. 

In Kenya, due to a lack of access to water and sanitation, diarrhea is second to pneumonia in deaths in children under five years of age (excluding neonatal), and water, sanitation, and hygiene-related illnesses and conditions are the number one cause of hospitalization in children under age five.

You can change lives today and create hope by providing clean water to those in need.

Water Facts

Kenya’s natural water resources do not adequately deliver water to the country’s various regions, leaving most of the population without fresh water. Rapid urbanization has also pushed under-resourced families to the slums, where there is no water or sanitation, and overcrowding exacerbates the already hazardous health conditions.

Water pathogens are a massive health problem in Kenya, as the people have been left unprotected against deadly epidemics such as cholera and parasitic worms. The exposure rate is extremely high because the water is not only contaminated at the basins and pumps where water is collected, but the containers are almost always “found” second-hand objects, often previously used for another purpose.

Water filters distributed

people now have access to clean water

communities impacted

Sustainable Clean Water Solutions

“It is such an incredible privilege to partner with communities and to give them access to safe clean water for their families, their children and for the opportunity for them to be able to have a healthier life and hope for tomorrow knowing this isn’t going anywhere, this is a sustainable solution for the communities we serve.”

Amy Churchill, co-founder of Just One Africa

Access to clean, safe water is a catalyst for change and the first step to elevating communities from a cycle of sickness and poverty to one of health and hope.

Meet Florence

Never doubt the difference you are making in the lives of families throughout Kenya. Florence‘s story is evidence of that.

Just One Africa has brought people out of despair. If not for them, a lot of people would not be alive. Water borne diseases were everywhere…If you look a few years back, people’s lives stagnated, but since we received the water filters in our community, I have truly seen growth.” Florence

 

Watch this video, and see the incredible impact clean water has had on Florence and her community.

Meet Jackeline

Jackeline Soila’s story is one of rescue, restoration, and reconciliation. Subjected to FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), and within days of being married off at age 9, she was rescued and brought to our partner’s safe house, Hope Beyond Transitional Center.

Since our launching of Just One Africa’s Clean Water Program in Jackeline’s community, the community has committed to ending those harmful traditions.

Trust has been built, health has been restored, and doors have been opened, allowing meaningful conversations and the change of generational mindsets.

Deep relationships have brought an understanding of WHY the protection and education of their daughters are so important. This impact is significant. It has saved lives, rewritten futures, and changed the world.

Many other girls like Jackeline in communities desperately lack access to safe, clean water. They deal with sickness and disease daily. You can help change that story by giving to Just One Africa Clean Water Program.

Clean Water Program

In rural Kenya, where access to clean water is almost non-existant, the Just One Africa Water Filter Program is a lifeline. Waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid, and dysentery are rampant, claiming lives and devastating communities. Our program brings hope to these areas, providing reliable, sustainable, and easy-to-use water filters that remove 99.99% of contaminants. By making clean water a reality, we empower families to break free from the cycle of waterborne illness, unlocking a future where children can grow healthy, attend school, and reach their full potential. With every filter installed, we take a crucial step towards a Kenya where clean water is a right, not a privilege

Step 1

Individuals Identified by Local Leaders

Water Filter Program - Individual Identified

Our Water Ambassadors prioritize individuals and families with the greatest need for clean drinking water, focusing on those with compromised health and limited economic resources. Our selection process identifies vulnerable groups, including young children, pregnant women, and individuals living with chronic illnesses, who are most susceptible to waterborne diseases. We also consider economic factors, targeting households with limited income and resources, who often rely on contaminated water sources. Through partnerships with local health clinics and community organizations, we identify and select recipients based on their health needs and economic status, ensuring that our water filters reach those who need them most, and providing a vital lifeline to improved health and wellbeing.

Our Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) training program is empowering communities in Kenya to take control of their water quality and health. In our large group training sessions, we educate participants on the importance of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene practices, and demonstrate how to properly use and maintain our water filters. Through interactive presentations, hands-on training, and community engagement, we equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to access clean drinking water, reduce the risk of waterborne diseases, and improve their overall health and wellbeing. By the end of the training, participants are confident in their ability to use the water filters effectively, and are inspired to share their newfound knowledge with others, creating a ripple effect of positive change in their communities.

Clean Water Program - Large Group "WASH" water, sanitation, hygiene, training

Step 2

Large Group “WASH” Training

Step 3

Data Collection

Clean Water Program - data collection

Effective data collection is crucial to our water filter program’s success in Kenya. By tracking key metrics such as current water usage, collection, and health status of recipient families, we can monitor the impact of our interventions and make data-driven decisions to optimize our programs. Each water filter is assigned a unique barcode, enabling us to track and follow up with recipients regularly, assessing the effectiveness of our filters in reducing waterborne illnesses and improving overall health. This data also helps us identify areas for improvement, inform our maintenance and repair schedules, and measure the return on investment for our programs. Moreover, it enables us to share valuable insights with stakeholders, demonstrating the tangible difference our water filters are making in the lives of Kenyan families, and guiding our efforts to expand and refine our programs for maximum impact.

In our small group training sessions, we empower recipients in Kenya with the knowledge and skills to take ownership of their water filter bucket sets. Led by experienced trainers, these intimate gatherings of 10-15 individuals provide a hands-on learning environment where participants learn how to assemble, maintain, and troubleshoot their water filters. Through interactive demonstrations and guided practice, we teach recipients how to properly install and replace filter elements, clean and disinfect the bucket, and identify and resolve common issues. By the end of the training, participants are confident in their ability to use and care for their water filters, ensuring a consistent supply of clean drinking water for their families and communities. These small groups foster a sense of community and support, as recipients share their experiences and learn from one another, creating a ripple effect of knowledge and empowerment.

Clean Water Program - small group training

Step 4

Small Group Hands on Training

Step 5

Follow-up

Water Filter Follow-up

Our Water Filter Follow-up program in Kenya is a crucial component of our overall mission to provide sustainable access to clean drinking water. Through regular home visits, our team tracks the usage and maintenance of the filters, monitors the current health status of the family, and ensures the cleanliness and proper function of the filter, syringe, and buckets. We address any issues or concerns, and retrain family members as needed to guarantee optimal use. A simple yet effective test – asking for a glass of clean water – confirms the filter’s effectiveness. Moreover, we take pride in inquiring about the positive impact on the family’s finances, as they redirect funds previously spent on medical treatment and doctor’s visits to education, income-generating activities, and other vital needs. This follow-up program enables us to refine our interventions, build trust with the communities we serve, and witness firsthand the transformative power of clean water in improving lives and livelihoods.

Water Changes Everything. Water is Life

Why Clean Water Matters

844 million people do not have access to clean and safe water. 37% of those people live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The average container for water collection in Africa, the jerry can, weighs over 40 lbs when full.

Lack of safe water and sanitation costs Sub-Saharan Africa around 5% of its Gross Domestic Product annually.

159 million people drink water directly from unsafe sources, such as streams or lakes.

Access to sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa is declining with only 31% of people able to access a toilet.

Around 842,000 people (361,000 children) die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation – that’s over 2,000 people a day.

Half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease.

Hand-washing with soap at critical times can reduce the incidence of diarrhea by up to 47%, reducing diesase.

Childhood malnutrition causes about 35% of all deaths of children under the age of five worldwide; it is estimated that 50% of childhood malnutrition is a result of unsafe water, inadequate sanitation, or insufficient hygiene.

Beads for Water

The recycled paper beads are made in Southern Kenya by a talented group of Maasai women artisans. For many of the women making these beads, this is their sole means of income. These beads are made from recycled magazine paper that the Maasai women cut into a variety of widths creating small, medium, and large beads. Some of the beads are left just as they are making them a limited edition color, while others are dipped into food grade dye creating a rainbow of gorgeous colors which are perfect for stacking into beautiful combinations!

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