In a rural village in Kenya, Florence Muthiani (pictured) sings with joy as she works her plot of land and tends to her beehives. She is full of life, love and laughter. She’s courageous and kind, a survivor. She has to be.
A few years ago, Florence’s husband died, leaving her a widow. At the time, she had no water to grow crops, and her children were hungry.
Every day, she walked for up to eight hours on a dangerous journey to collect water. ‘Life was miserable,’ she told us.
The once-reliable rains in Kenya have failed year upon year. Now, millions of people are desperately struggling to cope. Climate-induced extreme weather is making it harder and harder to survive.
Florence used to be one of these people. With no water, she struggled to grow the food her family needed. But thanks to Christian Aid something remarkable happened.
Florence and her community have built a water dam, just a short walk away from her village. Florence is proud to show us how, thanks to the dam, she can grow tomatoes, onions and chillies on her farm. With this dam, her children can eat healthy, nutritious vegetables. It’s her source of life and joy.
Florence also uses the water from the dam to keep honey bees, selling their golden honey for cash at the market. Trees that have sprung up around the dam provide the bees with a source of nectar.
Now, thanks to funding from Christian Aid, Florence is reaping a good life for herself and her family. I have been sustained by the earth dam,’ she says. ‘My life has changed. I am very happy. I have strength and power.’ She is grateful to Christian Aid and the gifts of people in the U.K. that have transformed the lives of her and her community. She prays for peace for her children and for rain.
(Text mostly from the C.A. Week Supporters Leaflet)
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