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Cecilia (right) carries a jerry can of water back from a water hole in Isiolo County, Kenya

Alice Oldenburg/ActionAid

Realising human rights with Safaricom

ActionAid has enjoyed a long term partnership with Safaricom via its Foundation, under an innovative programme known as Maji na Uhai (a Swahili term for ‘Water and Life’). The programme adopts an integrated approach, whereby enhancing community access to water is not an end in itself, but a means of improving the realisation of wider human rights, and attaining sustainable development goals. By shortening the distance that school children need to travel in order to fetch water, school enrolment and performance has improved, whilst school drop outs and early marriages have fallen. So girls like Cecilia can look forward to a brighter future. 

Improved access to water for women, meanwhile, means that they have more time to build sustainable livelihoods. New water resources have been used by communities to diversify into agricultural production not only for subsistence use but also commercial purposes.

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