Dig Deep works to ensure that Kenya's poorest residents have access to clean water, good hygiene and safe toilets. As a result, this unlocks opportunities often taken away by sickness, meaning that residents are able to stay in education, earn money, and provide for their families.
In Kenya, 8 out of 10 people don’t have access to safe toilets, clean water and good hygiene. For people living in rural communities, they often have to walk for hours each day to collect dirty water and find somewhere safe to go to the loo. As a result of poor hygiene and dirty water, residents lose time to sickness and diseases.. For children, this is the difference between dropping out of school and completing their education; while for parents, this means they can struggle to make ends meet and provide for their families. Shockingly, sickness caused by dirty water kills more people every year than war. As a result of these diseases, children miss over 400 million school days while £200 billion is lost from the global economy. Simple things that we often take for granted such as having clean water and safe toilets can remove these barriers and improve the lives of Kenya’s residents. For example:
- Clean water reduces diarrhoea by 21%.
- Safe toilets reduce diarrhoea by 37%.
- Hand washing reduces diarrhoea by up to 35%.
How Do Dig Deep Help?
Dig Deep’s long term goal is for every household, school, workplace and hospital to have safe, private toilets and a good supply of clean water. Their vision is for handwashing with soap to be part of everyday life for Kenya’s residents, allowing more children to be free to learn and more adults to be able to work and earn.
Since 2007, Dig Deep have reached 120,000 people in Kenya, supplying them with safe toilets and clean water and ultimately unlocking opportunities for them.
Link Your Loo: With 40% of people in Africa practicing open defecation, 1.6 million children die every year. The Link Your Loo initiative aims to provide “a loo for every poo,” thus reducing disease caused by open defecation and poor hygiene.
Period Pride: Menstruation is considered to be the most significant barrier to schooling in Africa, and girls end up missing out on 20% of their education because of their period. The Period Pride initiative provides menstrual health education and builds taps and toilets in Bomet County, ensuring no young women or girls are held back because of their period.
How You Can Support Dig Deep
Dig Deep are one of our four charities taking part in our charity poll for January 2021. You can help them on their mission to unlock opportunities for the residents of Kenya by providing clean water, safe toilets and better hygiene by casting your vote for them this month.
Find out more about Dig Deep by visiting their website: https://www.digdeep.org.uk/.