Provide Millions of Kenyans with Safe Water



The chlorine dispenser program provides safe water in Kenya through a simple, convenient, and affordable system.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Diarrheal diseases are the second largest cause of death for children, after respiratory infections, and much research has shown that treating household drinking water with dilute chlorine can significantly reduce diarrhea in children. Despite the low cost of available solutions and numerous chlorine education campaigns, only one out of every ten people purchases chlorine each month.

How will this project solve this problem?

The chlorine dispenser system includes a simple, low-cost water treatment system that allows individual users to treat their water with the correct dose of chlorine after it has been collected from the source. In pilot programs, we found evidence that over half of households in these communities were benefiting since they tested positive for chlorine.

Potential Long Term Impact

By reducing chronic diarrhea in children, the long term impact of this program includes a reduction in child mortality rates and an increase in overall nutrition as well as increased resistance to infection, physical growth, and cognitive development. There is also evidence that chronic diarrhea has negative long term impacts on education and income, and so a reduction in diarrhea would multiply the initial impact of chlorine dispensers over the long-run.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £1,608

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled £1,608 .  The original project funding goal was £56,652.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Innovations for Poverty Action
Innovations for Poverty Action

New Haven, CT, United States

Project Leader

Heidi McAnnally-Linz

New Haven, CT United States

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