, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 11 – The East African Breweries Limited (EABL) Foundation plans to invest in projects to provide access to clean water in the East African region.
The foundation has launched new plans to reach over 150,000 people in the initiative by producing about 193 million cubic metres per year.
The program is part of a larger programme dubbed ‘Water for Life’ under which the foundation has implemented over 50 community water projects in the last 10 years, impacting over five million lives directly and indirectly in areas that are encountering perennial water shortage in the region.
In Kenya, the initiative involves developing 10 sustainable water projects in 10 counties to benefit communities struggling with access to water.
The 10 counties to benefit include Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Kericho, Murang’a, Narok, Siaya, Kiambu, Kakamega, Nairobi and Mombasa.
The project will also be extended to Uganda and Tanzania.
“We are not only critically conscious of the important role that provision of clean drinking water plays for sustainable development but are aware that population expansion has stressed existing water resources, hopefully this project will free up time for women to be involved in other social economic activities and provide children adequate time to study,” said Julie Adell-Owino, Group Corporate Relations Director, EABL.
She said the location of the water projects comes from informed research by the foundation establishing demand for the community based on population density and geographical set up.
The National Water Master plan 2030 indicates that Kenya has up to 60 billion cubic metres of ground water potential that requires investigation to locate and map out the aquifers for exploitation.