"The future looks bright"

From water and food scarcity to lush mango and papaya farms, this community share how their climate-smart agriculture activities have transformed their lives. Read more

Excellent founder is finalist in UN Land for Life award

Excellent Development founder and former Executive Director, Simon Maddrell, has been shortlisted for the 2019 UN #Land4life award. Read more

Watch how sand dams work (Arabic)

Film explaining how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's drylands (with Arabic subtitles). Read more

Watch how sand dams work (Kamba)

Film explaining how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's drylands (with Kamba subtitles). Read more

Watch how sand dams work (Hindi)

Film explaining how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's drylands (with Hindi subtitles). Read more

“The last three years have been fruitful… there is a wave of change”

Our partners in southeast Kenya report on the progress Wonu Witu self-help group have made since the start of their sand dam project and climate-smart agriculture training. Read more

Sand dam projects keeping communities "young" and healthy

Meet two southeast Kenyan farmers to discuss the impact on the people and their land since their sand dam projects started in 2014. Read more

Kenya February 2020 expedition resources

Excellent Development supports communities in drylands around the world to transform their own lives with sand dams and climate-smart agriculture; empowering them to achieve lifelong access to water and food. Please donate what you can today to help a community in southeast Kenya, as well as other dryland farmers to transform their own lives through climate-smart agriculture. Read more

"Water here means there is no excuse or reason to miss school”

Harrison and Emaculate, two 11-year-old students of the Muangoni school, described how access to a clean water tank helps them stay engaged in their studies and protect their health when we visited them earlier this year. Read more

"Life in school has become more enjoyable"

When water supplies are low, drastic measures are often turned to in efforts to collect it. The construction of a water tank in Utini Girls Secondary School in southeast Kenya has helped to lift this burden, according to testimony from members of the school community. Read more

Enabling greater success

Having access to water on-site provides schools with the opportunity to grow and to try new things. In this story we see what new endeavours a water tank has enabled at Ngomeni Primary School, Kenya. Read more

Washing away water scarcity

Clean water is essential to improve sanitation levels in water-deprived areas. Looking at the case of Muunguu Secondary School, we see the positive effects a water tank has had on health and well-being in their community. Read more

"We are now getting enough water for our needs"

A visit to a school in a remote area of south-eastern Kenya reveals how a rainwater harvesting tank represents a solution to a number of issues that might otherwise harm students' ability to succeed at school. Read more

Creating sustainable futures – leaving no one behind resources

Support communities like the Ilengeni self-help group in Kenya to build sand dams and transform their own lives with lifelong access to water that will ensure no one is left behind. Read more

More than just water

A lack of clean water can impact nearly all areas of school life. In Maongoa Primary School in Kenya, we see how school life can be transformed with access to clean water. Read more

September 2018 sand dam expedition with Barclays Isle of Man

Barclays Isle of Man volunteers and community members share highlights from the construction of a sand dam they worked together to build in southeast Kenya in September 2018. Read more

Watch how sand dams work (Malagasy)

Film explaining how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's drylands (with Malagasy subtitles). Read more

Watch how sand dams work (German)

Film explaining how sand dams work and their potential impact in the world's drylands (with German subtitles). Read more

525,000 children die each year from drinking dirty water resources

Supporting people in drylands to build sand dams, which provide a local supply of water, means that less children die each year from curable diarrhoea and women no longer have to bare this burden. Can you help by making a donation that will stop the suffering of communities living in drylands? Read more

July 2018 sand dam expedition - hear from the volunteers and the community!

Hear from the Excellent Development volunteers and community members who worked together to build a sand dam in southeast Kenya in July 2018. Read more

School water tanks

Water tanks store rainwater collected from the roof of schools. A typical school water tank can collect up to 104,000 litres of water, and they refill every rainy season. Each water tank can last over 25 years and require little maintenance. Each one provides water for generations of children. Read more

Southeast Kenya (Partner: Africa Sand Dam Foundation)

Excellent Development and ASDF have a strategic partnership based on shared values and philosophy. Together we have committed to community-led sustainable development and the global promotion of sand dam technology in drylands. Read more

Northern Kenya, Lekurruki (Partner: Lekurruki Conservation Trust)

Excellent Development and Lekurruki Conservation Trust have enabled the construction of several sand dams in the Northern Rangelands of northern Kenya, benefiting thousands of lives and many species of wildlife. Read more