Notes to broadcasters
When we talk of water, we’re talking about life. Our bodies need water. Our daily chores need water. Animals, whether domestic or wild, need water. Plants, too, need water. There are also machines that must have water to operate. So, without water, there is no life.
Sourcing water is at times a major problem for some communities, usually because of the long distances they must cover in search of water. And often, there is not enough to meet all a community’s daily needs. For this reason, some communities initiate water projects to address their water problems and improve their quality of life. The script below tells us how a community in western Kenya has solved its water problem by initiating and sustaining a water project for more than 10 years.
This script is based on an actual interview, conducted in western Kenya. To produce this script on your station, you might choose to use voice actors to represent the interview participants, and change the wording in the script to make it suitable for your local situation. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interview, and that the program has been adapted for your local audience, but is based on a real interview.
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Like many other parts of Kenya, rural households in this district do not have tapped water. Though many households are within a reasonable distance of water sources such as springs and rivers, tea and dairy farming can be labour intensive. This means that time and attention must be split between these activities and fetching water for both domestic consumption and livestock. Residents of Kiptegan village know that water is key to their survival and livelihood, and chose not to wait for the government to bring piped water to their community. Instead, they decided to take action themselves. Now, over 40 households have tap water within their homesteads. Today, we meet with Mr. Reuben Tanui, treasurer of the Chesilot Water Project, for a deeper insight into this project.
Listeners, we will be hearing from Mr. Tanui after a short break. Stay tuned.Musical break
Members have also started their own tea nurseries, which supply seedlings to replace destroyed tea bushes. We have started bee keeping. All this adds immense value to the quality of life in Kiptegan, particularly for members of the Chesilot Water Project.Musical break
Our main challenge has been the lack of change in leadership. For instance, I have been the treasurer of the group since 1998, while the chairman, Richard Kiget, has been in the same position over this period. However, I am glad to report that we will soon be handing over direction of the project to new people in a few weeks’ time when we hold an election.Musical break
Contributed by: Damas Ogwe, Ugunja Community Resource Centre, a Farm Radio International radio partner.
Reviewed by: Alan Etherington, independent consultant in water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, and ex-WaterAid staff.
Interview with Mr. Reuben Tanui, the treasurer of the Chesilot Water Project, September 6, 2008
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