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 the latest Nkirgir Community Rainwater Harvesting Project, an additional 5260 people can now access safe water, increasing the total to 15,660 people.

87%

of homes do not have a toilet

15,660

people now accessing safe water from a spring or community rainwater harvesting project.

18,882

people received medical care through the integrated community healthcare project in 2021

10.5%

population growth in the Maasai Mara

41%

girls have their first baby while still a child themselves

Healthcare education and services did not reach rural communities and so in 2019, The Maa Trust launched the Integrated Community Healthcare Programme (ICHP). This programme takes quality healthcare services from the facilities out to the most marginalized families across the Maasai Mara Ecosystem, and focuses on creating awareness and access to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services.

 

Services are provided by:

  • Six community based mobilisers working door-to-door

  • Referrals to six partner facilities

  • Six monthly mobile medical camps in rural communities 

  • Backpack nurse providing services at a household level

Water
because of Wildlife.

Promoting healthy lives and wellbeing of communities in the Maasai Mara through access to quality healthcare, safe water and WASH training.

The water and health pillar focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of community members through preventative and curative interventions. 

Water & Health

W.A.S.H. Infrastructure & Education

Ground water in the Maasai Mara is very high in fluoride, with levels well beyond those fit-for-consumption guidelines. To provide clean water for human consumption, The Maa Trust rehabilitates natural springs and constructs community rainwater harvesting (CRWH) projects in communities and schools.

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).

Water & Health

Healthcare

This project focuses on increasing accessibility, uptake and quality of healthcare services for rural communities in the Maasai Mara. It provides an array of healthcare services, but has a focus on creating awareness and access to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) education and services across the Maasai Mara Ecosystem through an integrated healthcare approach. 

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