In January 2018, a key workshop on climatic changes reaction steps was held in Laikipia region of Kenya. The course dealt with one of the most rising crisis societies need to face today: WATER.

Water is the most quintessential resource on our planet for the survival of all living beings. As humans, our bodies are about seventy percent water, the same as the percentage of water on our planet Plants are between eighty and ninety percent water. Whether we are talking about a natural or a human ecosystem, the importance of water is crucial in the development and sustenance of life.

As we dwell deeper and deeper into the 21st century, human environments expand exponentially and economic growth is set as a priority, most of the times to the expense of our surrounding natural ecosystems and our precious leftover resources reservoirs.

From Green Revolution on, India has been facing the worst water crisis in its history[1], while Cape Town today is entering urgent water restrictions. Restrictive measures in water consumption have been the reality in the small island of Cyprus as long as I can recall: those raised in the 80s and 90s, can clearly remember how during droughts, household municipality water access was limited to only a few days a week. Today, water situation in Cyprus is ever more urgent, with the island receiving twenty percent less rainfall, and that, in the lapse of only twenty years.

Feeling the urgency to train and act on what is predicted to be the next great global challenge, I searched for people who are active in the field of 27337228_2293013027391096_4930491397309337068_nwater-crisis solutions. Brad Lancaster and his books on water harvesting, were the foundation and inspiration to understanding the principles of welcoming more water on your site and the implication that has, to establishing a healthy and resilient ecosystem. Lancaster’s writings lead me to another great figure in water work, Warren Brush: a scientist who devoted the past twenty five years of his life educating and designing resilient systems worldwide, including an extensive work in Africa. Finding out that he was leading a workshop[2] on water harvesting in Kenya this past January, I did not miss the chance – I enrolled and attended in what turned out to be one of the most impacting and yielding educative experiences of my life.

The experiences and lessons accumulated from visiting Natuum women’s community, in North Laikipia of Kenya, will follow in the form of six short diary-like articles.

[1] https://qz.com/931878/india-is-facing-its-worst-water-crisis-in-generations/

[2] The course held was “Water Harvesting for Food Security” and it was led by Warren Brush and co-facilitated by Joseph Lentunyoi and Istvan Markuly. The workshop was organized by Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya (PRI) and the Laikipia Permaculture Center. If you want to learn more about the course and the community involved, you can visit PRI Kenya’s website.