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Maji ni Uhai

Literally translate the title to “water is life.” I do not know if it was by coincidence that yesterday and today’s dates came close to close with forests and water days been marked throughout the world but whoever thought of these days did so good at bringing them together. Today was World Water  Day and we all know how water is important to our day to day living. Just imagine going for a day without drinking water or a day without water in your house! It is usually chaos as we try to imagine where to buy water or what happens to the dirty laundry and dishes.

Water rationing has been on the rise even in rural areas where you thought rivers served them right. The rate at which streams, dams and rivers have said goodbye is alarming. We continue to dump industrial, human and animal wastes to our rivers without giving a hoot of diseases like cholera and typhoid. We continue to plant trees that rob off water in rivers at river bends. We continue to cultivate near rivers and have turned the area as a grazing field for domestic animals. Take for instance today where i embarked on a journey to Ndakaini Dam for a tree planting activity with groups such as East Africa Breweries, BEFEDO and Road to recovery. Even the CS of environment Mr. Tobiko was there to witness it all. First of all the glimpse of the dam from the Ndakaini Water Company is shocking. Its water levels are so low not even the ongoing rains are doing it a favor.

To even more surprising observations was when we took a tour to Wanyaga where the dam had its origins. If you ever visit Ndakaini dam. the main water source for Nairobi Residents, then don’t stop at the sight where we have Resorts. Go past Kimandi and make that trip to the whole of Wanyaga environs. Be ready for the hills but our buses survived, phweks!  Well, it is at Wanyaga where you shamelessly see logging at river banks and small streams that served communities have been replaced by bushes and other wild vegetation. Moreover, if you thought the dam was only what you see when you alight at Ndakaini, then think again! At Wanyaga, you see the dam so clearly, it’s origins and where  trouble started.

In a community where tea thrives, the climate is cold and wet. Here we were arranged in different groups and mine was composed of seven members. Guided by two community men, we set off to plant our trees. Well, i did plant twenty trees today (i deserve a clap) while as a group we did a total of 210 trees (more claps). This is not the end for preserving our water sources nor was it the start. We continue to preach that water is life. Everyone deserves it. It is a right and no one should take it away from you. So what are you doing to ensure that water for all exists? How did you mark this day?

the group i was in
state of Ndakaini dam from Wanyaga
me planting a bamboo tree
the main agriculture practice at the area is tea