The drought that prevails for long periods in Mutomo gives high priority to projects that improve access to fresh and clean water. We support the construction of water tanks for families, schools and village communities. In addition, a big earth dam was built in 2009 to serve several thousand people and livestock in a project together with the Machakos RC and with support from The Rotary Foundation. The water that is collected in dams or tanks is not clean and projects for treatment of water therefore are important. It is possible to extract water through boreholes, but without treatment this is most often too salty for consumption or irrigation. A project for desalination of water therefore is implemented.
Many projects aim at promoting sustainable development. The formation of microcredit groups or revolving fund groups is the basis for these projects. The members of the groups save a small sum each month and take loans from the group fund, with an internal interest that adds to the fund. Groups that are successful are offered external loans to increase the capital for business. Projects for sustainable development in, for example, poultry, dairy goat breeding, tree plantations and improved agricultural methods are based on the participation of these groups.
The need is great for building new schools and repairing existing schools and the contribution from the government is not sufficient. The standard of the schools is low. Support of schools, including construction and repair, is therefore part of our program.