WHO: The Watha people are Cushitic people living in the semi-arid Galana region of south-eastern Kenya ( made famous as elephant poachers in the 1950’s and known as “elephant people”.) The Watha are master of bush. The land on which the Watha live today has shrunk over the last 60 years. It once stretched from the coastal areas around North Malindi to most parts of Galana area. The community boarders with the Tsavo National park and mainly depends on charcoal burning, farming and subsistence hunting as their way of life. The Watha are not recognized officially as an ethnic group by the Kenyan government, but their
traditional role in intertribal economics was established centuries ago. Their history as a people has many surprising twists and turns and, yet, with remarkable adaptability they have persisted, preserved and define themselves. Relatively little has been documented about the Watha, yet to those who have heard of them they hold a near mythical status as mystic masters of the deep and and wild places. Their tribe is referred to by many different names from different groups adding to their obscurity and mystery. However, this community has been unable to fully participate in integrated social and economic life of Kenya as a whole. It implies the traditional pastoral, hunter and gatherer persons and communities that out of need or desire to preserve its unique culture and identity from assimilation, has remained disadvantaged by discrimination. There are very few educated community members to carry their cause forward.A clean water source for the community
WHAT: Safe domestic water is a necessity for good health; unsafe drinking water is always a significant carrier of diseases such as cholera, typhoid and others. Moreover, the cases of crocodile attacks is alarming in the region, the situation is desperate and even life threatening. The plans to construct a boreholes could be the only hope for the Watha community to end the fate of crocodile attacks and access clean drinking water in their villages.
WHEN: We look forward to the project tcommence as soon as possible to mitigate the situation
WHERE: GALANA region in Kenya, within Kilifi County, Malindi Constituency, ADU Ward, Chakama Location, Kisiki Sub-location in Garsemuke village. (Kisiki sub-location is where majority of Watha community lives)
WHY: Never has the Watha community of Galana had access to their own clean water supply. Not only does the community have to contend with waterborne disease but also the continuous threat to our people for this necessary resource is the devastating effect of crocodile attacks. Every family has been affected by this. This affected my own personal life greatly. When I was 12 years, my mother was attacked and badly injured by a crocodile. This hindered her ability to work for several years. My twin brother and I had to make a choice between which of us would stay home to help and support my mother for all our sisters had been married by then. I remained in school my brother went home and grew tomatoes to help me fund my education and assist our mother.
Donating to the Watha Project will support creating a clean water supply for the community.