Community health workers: Champions of affordable and accessible sanitation products

Photograph of a womanThe Ivingoni Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Makueni County, led by their chairperson Catherine Nyaka, are taking steps to encourage community members in 20 villages to invest in improved and affordable sanitation products for adequate toilets. The 35-member group are among 3,600 community health workers trained and supported by USAID’s Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project and other partners.

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The “miracle well” of Makueni County

Photograph of a man picking tomatoesLeonard Ngoa owns a greenhouse at the heart of Makueni County. Despite recurring drought, he is able to run his agribusiness thanks to a reliable water source - the Masaku Water Supply Company.  The enterprise is owned and operated by the Muange Masaku family and supported by USAID’s Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (KIWASH).

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Toward an Open Defecation Free Kakamega County

Photograph of a woman washing her handsEunice Onyango from Lukusi village in Kakamega County learned the health benefits of using a latrine through a community forum. “All along, I believed that defecating in faraway bushes was safe especially because it was a normal occurrence in the village,” she said. The community forums organized by USAID’s Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project opened Eunice’s eyes to the benefits of improved hygiene and sanitation practices such as using a latrine and handwashing.

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Sustainable Water Services for Communities in Busia County

Photograph of children at a water pumpThe Ogallo Community Project is one of hundreds of small and rural community water projects constructed by Kenya’s 47 county governments to meet the country’s commitment of ensuring all citizens have access to water. While this should be viewed as a positive step in meeting the needs of its citizens, less emphasis has been placed on sustaining and maintaining these water schemes and services. 

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Families construct first-time latrines in Nyamira County

Photograph of a woman opening the door of an out buildingFor most of her 48 years, Agnes Daudi never enjoyed the luxury of owning a toilet. The mother of three is a tea and maize farmer in Nyamira County. She could not hide her happiness and satisfaction after constructing her first toilet. “I never had a toilet all this while and entirely depended on my neighbor’s which was five minutes away.”

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Establishing sustainable water businesses, one at a time

Photograph of a woman at a water pipe junctionFrida Musyoka, the revenue clerk and project manager at the Kithambangii Water Project (KWP) in Kitui County, is passionate about her job. She describes it as “tough but manageable.” On her daily trips to the KWP borehole, chlorine dosing station and solar pump house, she inspects that the amount of chlorine in the water is just right, empties the chlorine residue and balances the piping system to ensure that there is efficient water flow to the distribution pipes.

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Supporting community-managed water in Kibera

Like many slums and shantytowns worldwide, water in the Kibera area of Nairobi is scarce, costly, unreliable and contaminated. The largest slum in East Africa, Kibera is comprised of single-room rental units built side-by-side along unpaved avenues. Unregulated water points with toilets and faucets charged residents often exorbitant amounts each time they need to use them.

But that is starting to change.

In December 2018, the USAID Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (KIWASH) completed the Soweto Highrise Savings Scheme Water Project located in Line Saba Ward of Kibera. The project is communally owned through membership and obtains its water from the Nairobi County Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC), through a delegated management water service delivery model.

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Water boosts health and education outcomes

Photograph of a man standing outsideFor years, the Sivilia Primary School struggled to provide water to its students. The school is in hilly Navakholo village in Kakamega County. “The school did not have piped water and we relied on a river which is about a kilometer away. This meant that pupils had to disrupt their classroom time to fetch water,” explains Evans Juma, the school’s head teacher.

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A concrete improvement plan brings dividends to small water suppliers

Photograph of a woman outsideTindinyo Water Scheme which serves rough 7,800 people is growing from strength to strength courtesy of the Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) which has been their roadmap. Happy customers mean more revenue for the Scheme. The hilly and rocky village of Tindinyo in the border of Kakamega and Nandi County sits Tindinyo Water Supply Scheme. It was started in the year 2010 built by the Lake Victoria North Services Board and is under the management of the Kakamega County Water and Sanitation Company (KACWASCO).

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Contributing to a gender-balanced WASH sector

Report cover IllustrationPurity Kerubo is a laboratory technologist at the Gusii Water and Sewerage Company (GUWASCO). The company is among 13 water utilities that USAID’s Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) project is supporting to improve service delivery. One such support has been on gender equity mainstreaming.

 

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The Ivingoni Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Makueni County, led by their chairperson Catherine Nyaka, are taking steps to encourage community members in 20 villages...
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Leonard Ngoa owns a greenhouse at the heart of Makueni County. Despite recurring drought, he is able to run his agribusiness thanks to a reliable...
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Eunice Onyango from Lukusi village in Kakamega County learned the health benefits of using a latrine through a community forum. “All along, I believed that...

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