As an Irish company blessed with having such a plentiful and pure natural resource of clean water right here on-site at the Ishka plant we wanted to show our thankfulness, and that we don’t take our resource for granted, by supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with business action, and do our part for developing countries where supply, access and quality of water is a great challenge.
“Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impacts food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition.”
We are focussing our efforts on the traditional Maasai peoples living in the Laikipia District of the Northern Rift Valley, Kenya – whose impoverished lives relate directly to their impoverished lands – the level of poverty among the Maasai people is amongst the worst in third world countries. In the community we are working with:
- Women and girls walk up to 25km every day to find water and carry it home for drinking and cooking.
- Infant mortality is high.
- Tuberculosis and chronic gastrointestinal disease are high, mainly due to contaminated water.
- Supply, access and quality of water in these semi-arid lands prone to drought is arguably their greatest challenge
In the coming months, before their next rainy season in October, we are mobalising 10 water harvesting tanks, two for each of the five villages in the community together with 50 clay pots for the filtering of the rainwater to give the community ‘clean’ drinking water, so vital for their immediate and long term health and wellbeing.
The facts that compelled us to act, beyond simply supporting Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
- At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated
- 663 million people are still without access to clean drinking water
- Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases
- water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population and is projected to rise