Removing the burden of water scarcity

Two farmers from southeast Kenya share the fruits of their labour, and impact thanks to sand dams and access to clean water,Read more

Breaking the cycle of dependency with sand dams

Farmer Veronica Mwende Mutua shares what improvements she and her community will enjoy once their sand dams are built.Read more

Excellent supports over 1 million people to access clean water for life

Excellent caught up with the Kyamukulu self-help group, to discuss their new project, and what it means to be part of the 1 million people that Excellent has supported to access to clean water for life.Read more

What a sand dam would mean to us

The Matumo Tree Growers self-help group was founded in 2012, with the incentive of finding solutions to many issues the community faced due to a lack of access to clean water. We discussed the current situation and future aspirations if they were offered enough funding to build sand dams.Read more

3,200 people benefiting from the Catipo sand dam in Mozambique

In May 2018, Excellent’s Programmes Officer, Callum Sheehan, caught up with some of the members of the Catipo community in Mozambique to see what changes their new sand dam has brought to the community.Read more

Embracing a new era of sand dams and shallow wells

Our partners ASDF (Africa Sand Dam Foundation) report on how a community is reacting to their new, completed sand dams, following their hard work to build them.Read more

"We feel we now have what was missing”

The Woni Witu self-help group in Kenya was set up in 2014, motivated by a desire to find a solution to the daily struggles they faced due to a lack of access to clean water. Through partnering with ASDF and Excellent, their achievements include building four sand dams and three shallow wells.Read more

Rural role models

Two inspiring women living in rural drylands share how sand dam projects have empowered them to develop their farms, support their families and each other.Read more

The impact of sand dam construction on local workers

Excellent has been working with the Lekurruki Conservation Trust in northern Kenya since 2015. Since then, we have had to adapt our development model of the communities contributing to the project through acting as labourers on site, as these are pastoral communities and not settled communities in the same way they are in southeast Kenya.Read more

Sand dams freeing dryland communities from "water crisis"

Excellent's strategic partners, Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF), provide the latest updates from a dryland community that is seeing vast impact thanks to recently built sand dams...Read more

"These are life-changing projects"

Katelembu Mazingira Initiative self-help group is made up of people from Kithatu village southeast Kenya, and they are the proud beneficiaries of our 1,000th sand dam. In commemoration of that, hear how this project came about, and what it means to the community.Read more

From drylands to lush green, birds and butterflies

Excellent Development's Head of Programmes, Christine Whinney, visits a southeast Kenyan community to hear about the impacts of their sand dam; 4 years after they had completed construction. The results are incredible she says...Read more