Why water matters

Providing Safe Water Solutions

The World's Population is Growing

but our water supply is under threat

Recent years have seen a rapid decline in the amount of safe, clean water available for use by farmers and people around the world. Reversing this is a global challenge – and unfortunately there are no quick fixes. But we have a secret weapon – technology.

The Aqua Nirvana Foundation recognises the astonishing work that is already taking place at specialist water research facilities around the world. We are inspired by their scientific ideas, dedication, talent and drive, to solve the acute global water crisis.

We therefore believe that further investment in the technologies already developed – and those that are yet to be discovered – is key.

In order to evolve and find new solutions, scientists and engineers need financial support. We believe that serious, sustained investment in technology – and in the people who create it – is vital. Combined with increased public awareness of the global water crisis, we believe we can help secure access to safe water in areas that need it the most.

Health

The world’s population is growing – but our water supply is under threat, 2.5 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water.

Agriculture

Irrigation problems, the high demand for water and a decline in ground water levels are making life very difficult for farmers.

Food supply

Water scarcity has a critical impact on food security. Contaminated ecosystems and dried-up rivers reduce supply levels and inflate food prices.

This is Kenya

Kenya is one of the most struggling populations in the world. For decades, water scarcity has been an urgent issue, caused mainly by years of poor management of water supply, recurrent droughts, contamination of the available water and an increase in demand for water as the result of a growing population.

Kenya’s natural water resources and water basins do not reach the whole country.

Priority is given to planned urban areas and wealthy rural communities that can pay for services, which leaves 43 % of the Kenyan population without access to clean and safe water, this is why many of our projects are based in this part of the world.

Urgency

Urgency

More than half of the rural population in Kenya do not have access to clean, safe water. Drinking water that is left unprotected from bacteria, viruses and parasites has a detrimental effect on the population’s education and livelihood. Education suffers when children are absent due to sickness. Economic opportunities are routinely lost to the impact of illness and the extreme time-consuming process of acquiring water where it is not readily available. These issues cannot be ignored.

Masai Mara

Masai Mara

Creating access to clean water and efficient water management becomes even more important when looking at creating better conditions for people living in semi-arid areas in Kenya, such as the Masai Mara. The Masais make their living primarily on cattle rearing and growing crops and clean water is essential for their livlihood. Unfortunately only the wealthiest can afford to divert water – leaving almost all of the Masais without any access to safe, readily available water.

Change is Possible

Change is Possible

We believe that the water crisis is solvable. The Aqua Nirvana Foundation has five ongoing projects in the Masai Mara area that will bring water closer to the people who need it. By working with both local and global experts we have developed what we believe is the best approach to build and sustain water solutions in the chosen areas. We work hard to make sure that the community’s needs always come first.

Health

why-healthLack of safe, clean water has huge health implications for people in the developing world. Millions of people are forced to drink dirty water every day causing death and disease. The effort it takes to find water every day affects people’s ability to work and the opportunity for children to get an education.

The Aqua Nirvana Foundation’s main priority is to develop water technology solutions as well as fund projects that will be fully sustainable in the long-term future.

 

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Agriculture

w-agricultureIt takes a lot of water to grow food and care for animals. Globally, the agriculture sector depletes about 70% of the worlds freshwater. Unfortunately, between 15-35% of the water used in agriculture is estimated to be unsustainable.

Unsustainable water use harms the environment by changing the water table and depleting ground water supply. Depleting water levels is having a detrimental effect on farming; crops that need water to grow have a lower yield and livestock die.

 

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Food supply

Water is the biggest restrictive factor in the world’s ability to feed a growing population. Contaminated ecosystems and dried-up rivers reduce supply levels and inflate food prices. Developing areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and South America are worst affected by water scarcity.

Water shortage can lead to food shortages, famine, and starvation, and affect the economic future of the nations. Water is the link between food, energy, climate, economic growth and human security challenges. We recognise the need to tackle this global challenge and we strive to develop solutions so that people can access clean water.

 

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