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Florence Muthiani and her group farming their plot in the village of Kyeng'e.

Florence's story

A woman sings a deep, joyful tune. Her song lifts the spirits of the other women on the farm. This is Florence.

She is full of life, love and laughter. The women in her farming group look up to her.

She’s courageous, kind and a survivor. A few years ago, her husband died, leaving her a widow. At that time, she had no water to grow crops. Her children were hungry. She had to walk for hours on a dangerous journey to collect water. ‘Life was miserable,’ she told us.  

Florence could easily have been defeated. But Florence is a fighter, and she shows the women in her farming group that they can be fighters too. Next to her farm, Florence is proud to show us something remarkable – a dam, full of fresh water. It’s thanks to Christian Aid Week donations like yours that Florence and her community have built this water dam, with the help of our partner ADSE, just a short walk away from her village.  

I have been sustained by the earth dam. My life has changed. I am very happy. You can see it in my face: my face is shining. I have strength and power.

- Florence Muthiani.

 Florence after she has sorted the onions that members of her community have harvested.

Florence after she has sorted the onions that members of her community have harvested. - Tom Pilston/Christian Aid

With this dam, Florence can grow tomatoes, onions, papayas and chillies on her farm. 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. She sells the rich, golden honey for cash at the market. Now, Florence is reaping a good life for herself and her family.  

The dam gives Florence strength to withstand even the most unpredictable weather. It’s a reliable water source, whether she faces long drought or relentless rainstorms. 

I am thankful to people who have donated to build this earth dam. I am praying God will increase their giving.

- Florence Muthiani.

Florence is generous, and she knows other people are struggling to cope without a reliable water source. ‘There is a village nearby – they don’t have an earth dam. They travel for a long way to come to this water point. They are suffering.’ 

Give today and help more people like Florence stop this climate crisis. 

Your generosity this Christian Aid Week could help another community build a dam. Many more people will have the water they need to sustain their families.

Florence Muthiani says a prayer inside her church.

Florence Muthiani says a prayer inside her church. - Tom Pilston/Christian Aid

This is Florence

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