Finding water is a daily struggle in rural Kenya. Anna Mutungi (left) and Susan Kalatine are among thousands of people whose only source of water is the sandy bed of this river on the eastern edge of Kenya's highlands.
Last year, the people of Munathi began an ambitious project to build a water source in their village. They decided to build a series of concrete barriers, which are called “sand dams,” to collect water in a gully that runs through the community.
Over time, the sand dams will transform Munathi as they store large amounts of water underground. In the village of Mathunzuni, where sand dams were built several years ago, Samuel Kiola and other farmers now have enough water for their households and fields.
Julius Munyao, a water engineer technician with SASOL, an MCC partner organization, stands on top of a sand dam that is under construction. MCC is continuing to work with partner organizations to build sand dams in rural Kenyan communities that need water.