Formed in 2008, Friends is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit in the USA, Its main objective is to raise funds to drill water wells in Kenya. Founder Evalee Treen from Santa Barbara, California, USA, has spent many months in Kenya identifying locations that need water. The lack of local water has women and girls walking four miles to twenty-five kilometers every day. As a result, girls are not educated due to the responsibility of having to help their mother fetch water for the family.
WATER EXTENSION DEVELOPMENT AT MUTHWANI COMMUNITY
The latest news from the Water Extension Development by the local government of Machakos to the neighboring community of Muthwani is that the clinic has been connected and is currently receiving enough water for its operations. Progress is underway to connect the water from the clinic to the nearby Muthwani High School where the government had in the past drilled two unsuccessful (dry) wells before the officials approached the members who manage a well that FRIENDS & the Rotary Club of Santa Barbabra North coordinated and funded the drilling which has produced prolific results in the adjacent community. In the community health concerns had placed a disproportionate amount of pressure on the families and the local government whose resources are already limited to trying to improve the water, health and the sanitation of the area. There is a big relief on healthcare through the clinic and progress is ongoing.
Most women, girls and men in the Muthwani community are disproportionally burdened by scarcity of clean drinking water. Women have been the managers, and guardians of water for household chores like cooking, washing, and child rearing. Because of these families spend more time in the drier periods each day collecting water, which translates to a decrease in the amount of time available for education, income generating activities, house-work or childcare. The detriment water scarcity affects young girls more on educational attainment as a result, it affects the social and economic capital of women in terms of leadership, earnings, and working opportunities.
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PEOPLE IN RURAL KENYAN VILLAGES have to walk over four miles each way to obtain clean drinkable water. To help alleviate the burden, Evalee Treen founded Friends of Woni Kenya International Inc.