Water & Health

Access to clean and safe water is a challenge for most of the households in the Mara.

At the Maa Trust, we base all of our projects on innovation, sustainability, efficiency and practicality. We have found that extracting water from boreholes is not only expensive, but incurs major maintenance issues that can easily be avoided.

Women bear the burden of providing water for families and so they spend a lot of time walking long distances to collect water. Walking up hills and along rivers puts women at risk of human wildlife conflict. 

To address these problems, The Maa Trust constructs water projects in schools and communities. Infrastructure constructed by The Maa Trust includes six community rainwater harvesting systems, two spring rehabilitations and smaller rainwater harvesting systems at schools and households. 

Thanks to two project constructed in 2019, an additional 5600 people can now access safe water, increasing the total to 10,400 people.

Healthcare access and provision in the Maasai Mara is very poor quality and does not reach rural communities.
 
In 2019, the Integrated Community Healthcare Project (ICHP) was started to address Population, Health and Environment issues in the Maasai Mara Ecosystem. The project will actively create awareness and increase understanding of and access to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) across the Maasai Mara Ecosystem through an integrated healthcare approach.

 

  • Services are provided by:

  • Six community based mobilisers working door-to-door

  • Referrals to six partner facilities

  • Mobile medical camps in rural communities four times each month

  • Backpack nurse satisfying unmet medical needs in rural communities

Water & Health

Water Infrastructure Projects

Ground water in the Maasai Mara is very high in fluoride, with levels well beyond those fit-for-consumption guidelines. This means that boreholes are not a viable solution for the Maasai Mara. 

To provide clean water for human consumption, The Maa Trust rehabilitates natural springs and constructs community rainwater harvesting (CRWH) projects in communities and schools.

Water & Health

W.A.S.H. Education

In addition to the construction of water projects, The Maa Trust places a large emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) education within communities and schools. Training includes Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).
 
Thanks to support from Dig Deep, and Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association, in 2019 The Maa Trust conducted 16 WASH training sessions in schools training 1600 pupils, and over 850 community members in 17 communities. 

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Water & Health

Integrated Community Healthcare Project

ICHP is a new project started by The Maa Trust in October 2019 to address Population, Health and Environment issues in the Maasai Mara Ecosystem. The project will actively create awareness of, and provide access to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) through an integrated healthcare approach.

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