Hi, My name is Yusuf Mapenzi. I have been working as a self appointed community social worker in Chakama Location, Kilifi, Kenya for over one year now. I left my work in Nairobi with a mission to improve the social welfare and lives of the marginalized people of Chakama.
So far in just over 12 months of volunteering in Chakama, with the help of a few friends, the community and one NGO, I have been able to facilitate construction of two classrooms with four more ongoing, drilled three boreholes, constructed twenty toilets for primary and secondary schools, Built six latrines for different households with a projected plan of constructing one hundred more this year, constructed a water harvesting shade with thirty thousand liters of water tanks installed, supported planned and emergency medical interventions, supported tens of children through school, Distributed water treatment kits, Distributed over fifty tons of relief food among many other community education and empowerment activities.
One of the primary problems in the location that I am currently trying to address is access to clean drinking water. Most of the villages depend on inadequate harvested rain water. The water is harvested in open water pans, it does not last very long and it is mostly contaminated since it is shared by both humans and animals. During the common droughts the situation leads to unspeakable suffering of humans and livestock.