Caroline, dispenser promoter/photo:Jonathan Kalan
In our second year of program activity, the Dispensers for Safe Water initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) experienced significant growth. The number of dispensers installed in Kenya grew from 687 to 2,129 this past year and the program is now providing access to safe water to more than 420,000 people in Kenya.
These numbers fail to convey the outsized impact that access to safe water has on the lives of individuals in Kenya. Take Adimu for example, a grandmother who was left to take care of her HIV-positive granddaughter, Tabia, after the death of her daughter. Adimu noted that HIV severely weakened Tabia’s immune system, making her especially vulnerable to waterborne diseases. “She would always need to go to the hospital,” says Adimu, “due to her weak immunity, she suffered from diarrhea regularly.” Visits to the local clinic to treat Tabia’s diarrhea were costly, uncomfortable, and time-consuming.
But since IPA’s Chlorine Dispenser System was set up in her community in Khasolo, western Kenya, Tabia has experienced far fewer cases of diarrhea and she is doing extremely well in school. “Chlorine has improved my granddaughter’s health since she no longer suffers from diarrhea,” says Adimu, with a smile.
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