Low economic development coupled with low land productivity, recurrent drought, and poor roads in rural parts of the country have left many people to a destitute life without access to clean water.
Even in areas where a water tower exist, in the absence of piped water, rural women and children travel long distances daily to “fetch” water from rivers and wells, which are oftentimes far apart. They carry heavy containers of water on their backs or shoulders which causes severe health problems and is also very time consuming. This results in children missing school and mothers having less time to care for their families.
Until the infrastructural development reaches many communities, IGO is providing donkeys as an alternative to an immediate need. Donkeys are provided to carry water from the water points to the villages to reduce the burden of women and children who walk long distances for water.