Hope springs from carbon-water project

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Nov 29 2012, 01:59:01

An innovative scheme financed by carbon credits is providing clean, safe water to about 4.5 million people in Western Province

Judy Sitati is going to a funeral. She is dressed in her best clothes and in her black handbag she carries a bottle of water. It is clear and safe - the product of a unique project financed by carbon credits.

"I used to buy firewood to boil water. I would spend 150 shillings [about £1] a week. Now, I use the money to buy books, or sugar for tea, or soap," says Sitati, who stops to chat to volunteers from the carbon for water project on a rutted road in Kenya's Western Province.

In April and May last year, Swiss-based disease control company Vestergaard Frandsen distributed more than 877,000 LifeStraw Family filters to households in this land of sugar cane plantations and mist-capped hills where piped water is rare and unsafe for drinking. The microbiological filter is composed of a plastic container and a long hose leading to a tube equipped with a hollow fibre filter, which catches bacteria, parasites and viruses.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Kenya:   Obama's Travel to Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya (document)
United States Department of State
30 March 2015

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the President's Travel to Africa [read more]

Kenya:   États-Unis - Barack Obama attendu au sommet mondial de l'entrepreneuriat au Kenya (news)
Les Dépêches de Brazzaville
31 March 2015

Le premier président noir américain, Barack Obama, est attendu au Kenya en juillet prochain pour prendre part au sommet mondial de l'entrepreneuriat. Cette visite annoncée le ... [read more]

Kenya:   Barack Obama sur les terres natales de son père en juillet (news)
Radio France Internationale
31 March 2015

Barack Obama sera en visite officielle au Kenya au mois de juillet prochain. Ce voyage sur la terre natale de son père était attendu par les Kényans depuis son élection ... [read more]

blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!