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 pandemic. Lack of proper sanitation, water and hygiene has many other serious consequences. Children - and particularly girls - are denied their right to education because their schools lack private and decent sanitation facilities. Women and children are forced to walk long distances and spend large parts of their day collecting water. Extreme thirst and diseases result in children’s diminished learning. Crops fail, livestock die and people are less productive due to illness. Without W.A.S.H., sustainable development is impossible. Access to clean water, decent sanitation together with hygiene practices, reduce
child mortality, improve health and education outcomes, and contribute to reduced poverty and sustainable development. Hence, it is high on the ChildsLife agenda.
Since 1998, ChildsLife has been involved in borehole and irrigation projects. In extremely dry areas of Africa wells are drilled, water storage tanks are built and if possible irrigation lines are installed. Wells of up to 180 meters deep are sometimes the only way water can ever be found. Since 2002, ChildsLife also installs water tanks and water catchment systems at schools in several regions of Kenya. In most cases, a couple days rain is able to fill four 10,000 litre water tanks which is enough water to prepare lunches, allow for good hygiene practices and for the children to take home a little water to their families.
Sanitation & Hygiene
Together with water systems, ChildsLife equips schools with toilets and hand washing basins. ChildsLife’s work doesn’t stop there. ChildsLife works closely with school teachers and communities so they can bring about change in local hygiene practices like hand washing. As part of the covid response program, advice and products for the prevention of Covid19 were high on the agenda in 2021. Protective supplies and hygiene products were in huge shortage and controlling the corona virus, particularly in slums where people are packed together in unhygienic circumstances, posed a serious threat.
ChildsLife field staff distributed mouth masks and products such as soap, gel and chlorine to many vulnerable families in slums and rural areas. They also gave advice on hygiene practices and information about the virus. Many schools were equipped with hand wash stations and additional hygiene products so children were able to return safely after the long closures in 2020.
Food Security
Together with local communities ChildsLife fights hunger and improves access to food. On a daily basis, school children are offered healthy school meals, which often is the only meal they will receive in a day. ChildsLife stimulates and gives people tools to look after themselves. Therefore, vulnerable mothers in slums are provided with their own kitchen gardens to grow their own vegetables. Also, greenhouses are installed at schools to supple- ment the lunch program but also to sustain and financially empower schools. Food security is increasingly under threat; the corona pandemic and climate change have a huge impact. In 2021 ChildsLife continued to provide school lunches, built greenhouses and supplied kitchens to schools and communities.
Clinic project at Oloropil Community
At the beginning of 2021 ChildsLife was able to resume the construction of an urgently needed clinic at the Maasai Oloropil community of Olepolos. There is no clinic in Oloropil and the nearest small clinic is over 15 kilometres and nearest hospital over 60 kilometres away. An ambulance for emergencies is
not existent in the area. The area suffers an extremely high infant mortality rate. With the generous support of multiple donors ChildsLife was able to commence this project. Unfortunately, the construction had to be put on hold during lock downs in 2020. Despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic and subsequent significant increases in costs of construction materials, the clinic is nearly finished and due for completion in 2022.
ChildsLife | Annual Report 2021

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