On the first card was the mechanical problem and the cost to fix it (for example – generator is on, but no water is pumping for $1000), on the second card was how much money they have on hand from their tariff collection (e.g. $200), and the third card stated where the technical help will be coming from (e.g. Nairobi, or some nearer place). They drew one of each and from this scenario they had to come up with the way to solve their problem.
They learned that repairing their vital water supply when it’s broken really slows down when they don’t have money on hand. They have to call emergency meeting of the water users to request a contribution from them. The situation can be very stressful and, meanwhile, there is no water. All groups realized from the exercise how much easier it is to simply have emergency money put aside to pay for these inevitable breakdowns that come with all machines.
In the words of Daniel Kanchori, senior chief, Amboseli, and Namelok borehole committee member, “the training really expanded my leadership skills.”
We like to get feedback from those who attend our training sessions so we asked the participants to complete a questionnaire including recommendations to make the training more effective. We had many requests to add additional days to the training and to have them twice a year and to bring the lessons to the entire community. For me, three days of hearing leaders talk about the challenges they face revealed some areas that need attention, like encouraging regular meetings of the committees with their members to build trust and team spirit, instead of meeting only when emergencies occur.
Conducting training that stimulates crucial learning and teaches important skills has been key to WILK’s success in Kenya. Our commitment to education and sustainability is helping the Massai people thrive. Thank you for your support; our important work would is made possible by the friends of WILK!
Joyce lives most of the year in Kenya. She finds being on the ground and working with the communities intimately helps her to relate to their culture and needs. It also provides her with a comprehensive in-depth understanding so that Water is Life Kenya can properly come along side them and empower them without impacting their culture adversely.