In support of Waterlines, a sister NGO based in Santa Fe, NM, WEFTA volunteers Scott McKitrick and Paul Kennedy traveled to Tenwek, Kenya in October 2016. Their goal was to provide engineering support to a program built by Tenwek Community Health and Development (TCHD).
The Tenwek Community Health and Development group focuses on building rainwater collection tanks and latrines, providing bio-sand water filters, and building a strong educational program at area schools. Water contamination is a big problem in these small villages, as water is usually collected from springs and rivers, which are also used for watering livestock and discharge of wastewater from larger communities.
Teachers of the schools are trained at the Tenwek facility, followed by implementation of the educational program in schools. Implementation includes training of older students, who work with younger students (Child to Child program) and formation of Environmental Clubs at the schools to allow students to work on relevant issues. Educational issues include handwashing, environmental stewardship (including landscaping of schools and tree planting), and recently the addition of menstruation hygiene. Menstruation hygiene and education is critically important to prevent girls from dropping out of school.
The WEFTA volunteers also met with officials of the Bomet County Government who need help building a landfill.