Water is Life Kenya provided critical training and hand washing stations for nearly ten thousand people at the Kimana and Rombo weekly open air markets in southern Kenya. COVID-19 is in Kenya and people from rural areas need the awareness training to know how to protect themselves and their families against the disease.
Maasai families rely on once weekly markets for selling livestock. They then use the cash to buy food for the week or the month. It also provides income for all the people selling vegetables, clothes utensils and all other life necessities.
WILK organized a team of 25 people to staff hand washing stations, refilling the water and soap and instructing people in proper hand washing practices, social distancing and mask -wearing. Local leaders directed people to wash hands and wear masks. Failure to wash or wear a mask meant exclusion from the market.
Thanks to all our hard-working team on the ground, led by Water is Life Kenya co-founder, Joseph Larasha. We still need donations to continue to providing the training and hand washing stations.
Radio Citizen Kenya (below) highlighted our work last week on the air in Swahili.
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.