Find out more about our generous supporters, Fondation Ensemble, the impact of our partnership and what we've got planned for the nest few years...

Who are Fondation Ensemble?

Fondation Ensemble was established in 2004 and is a member of various international networks for the exchange of expertise and experience - working for sustainable human development incorporating environmental protection. They believe all the elements in the chain of life are interconnected and the greatest poverty is always found in areas where environmental problems are greatest; but if we treat the earth with respect, following sustainable farming practices, the land comes back to life and nourishes us once again.

How are they supporting Excellent and why?

Fondation Ensemble first generously supported Excellent Development in 2012-2013, enabling the Wendano wa Kithyululu and Mawa Women’s self-help groups in Makueni County, south-east Kenya to construct three sand dams and gain a year-round water supply for life. With clean water near their homes and through learning sustainable farming techniques, these communities are now able to grow a rich variety of crops for their families, with surplus to store and sell at the local market. Fondation Ensemble’s grant gave these communities the kick start they needed to increase their food and water security and to benefit future generations.

Excellent has expanded the success of our sand dam programme in south-east Kenya to new areas and contexts, to support more dryland communities to work their way out of poverty with dignity.

Protecting Elephants with Sand Dams

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Fondation Ensemble in 2016-2017; supporting our programme in Lekurruki Conservancy - protecting elephants with sand dams.

Lekurruki suffers from increasing drought. People and wildlife, particularly threatened species such as elephants, are forced to travel far in search of water, and often come into conflict at dwindling water sources.

The Lekurruki Conservancy in Kenya suffers from increasing drought, with no improved water sources. People and wildlife, particularly threatened species such as elephants, are forced to travel far in search of water, and often come into conflict at dwindling water sources. The project will increase access to safe water and help reduce human-wildlife conflict through building sand dams - Excellent's low-cost, multi-use rainwater harvesting solution built in seasonal riverbeds that can store up to 40 million litres of water.

We are grateful to supporters like Fondation Ensemble for their continued support for this exciting programme and look forward to sharing our progress over the next year.

"We have already supported Excellent Development in south-east Kenya, giving access to clean water to 4,000 farmers and their families. Fondation Ensemble is glad to support again a new sand dam project which will also mitigate human/elephants conflicts. For us, sand dams are a triple win: win for the people, win for the environment in general, and in this case, win for the fauna and elephants in particular. This corresponds to Fondation Ensemble’s raison d’être" - Benjamin Gicquaud, Fondation Ensemble Administration and Communication Manager.

Sand dams can transform millions of lives. See below on how you can contribute.

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