In this year's Big Give Christmas Challenge, supporters helped to raise an amazing £108,285 (including Gift Aid) to help four rural communities in southeast Kenya to build sand dams, providing a clean supply of water, much closer to their homes.

On behalf of the dryland communities we support, we'd like to say a big thank you to all supporters, donors, campaign partners (our pledgers and champion funder - The EQ Foundation) for their generosity.

The donations will go towards helping farmers like Winfred Peter (pictured), Chairlady of Wikwatyo wa Mativo self-help group in southeast Kenya, to transform their own lives. Here, Winfred shares the difference sand dams built by her community (with the support of Excellent) has made on their lives and their land:

“We have really been utilising the water from the sand dam to grow our crops... Food security in the community is going to improve. I can picture ahead that most of the plots here, the land here, will be green with crops. Life will be different for my children and grandchildren.”

We hope that this demonstrates the tremendous impact that donations will have on these communities in southeast Kenya. And we look forward to sharing the impact and stories from the communities, stories such as these. Please stay tuned and stay in touch!

Missed our Big Give campaign? Give a dam this Christmas! Click here to make a donation to Excellent so we can support people in drylands to transform their own lives with sand dams and lifelong access to clean water close to home

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Watch here how sand dams work: