Life Straw – Bringing Help and Hope to the Children of The Horn of Africa

With the conditions for the people and children of the Horn of Africa worsening, one small idea is helping bring relief to many.  Life Straw is a simple, easy to use portable water purifier that is bring relief and hope to many in a region where the provision of safe water is one of the critical aspects of relief, along with the provision of food, to help save 4.14 million children from the worst famine to hit the region.

This Life Strawcan be carried around for easy access to safe clean drinking water, is just 25cm long and 29mm in diameter and can be hung round the neck – at the cost of only GBP30.  More information on Life Straw can can found at or by watching how it has helped in Haiti

Life Straw is a point-of-use water treatment system intended for routine use in low-income settings Filters up to 18,000 litres* of water, enough to supply a family of five with microbiologically clean drinking water for three years, thus removing the need for repeat intervention Ensures high flow rate and high volume of purified water.  It:

Complies with US Environmental Protection Agency 1987 Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers:

  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction)*
  • Removes minimum 99.99% of viruses (>LOG 4 reduction)*
  • Removes minimum 99.9% of protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction)*
  • Removes turbidity
  • Requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts
  • Requires no running water or piped-in water supply
  • Has an easy-to-clean prefilter and purification cartridge
  • All raw materials are US Food and Drug Administration compliant or equivalent

*Clasen, T. et al. 2009. Laboratory assessment of a gravity-fed ultrafiltration water treatment device designed for household use in low-income settings. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 80(5), 2009, pp. 819–823

In Northern Kenya, especially at this time of drought and famine, the threat of  diarrhoeal disease is even more evident – and EnKI is now investing in this simple device to help children in the schools that we support.

If you would like to donate to help the children of Northern Kenya in this desperate time, please use our Just Giving link or contact Rakhee at

EnKI is a 100% volunteer charity which means that over 95% of all funds donated go directly to helping the children.

Thank you so much for all your ongoing support!!