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Organized by: Nicholas Harrison

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We have lived in Maasai Land for 8 years. When we first arrived we put in a pipe line for the surrounding villagers. At that time we were one of 16 'branches' from the main line from the Mt. Meru spring. The tap served around 25 families. Today there are over 200 'branches' off the main line and the tap we maintain provides the only fresh water to over 200 families. Efforts from large NGOs all fall into the same trap of one off donations and no budget for maintenance. There are several shiny looking drinking troughs and water points in our area - all bone dry. Our little tap, wired to an old fence post continues to quench the thirst of our Maasai neighbors. However the demands on this water means that supply is intermittent and getting worse. We have paid for a survey and there is a 'good' chance that we may have underground water. We need to raise $12,300 to sink a borehole. If we are successful we will provide the pumps, power and maintenance to a water supply point. We will sell the water to Maasai - not to make money - it will not even cover the costs of getting it out of the ground but because everybody needs to know how precious a commodity water is. It is a little thing we have picked up living here in the bush - rather than planning water relief in a air conditioned office.


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