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ALERT: MWA has received recent reports in Kenya of unauthorized persons posing as staff of Millennium Water Alliance Kenya by placing false advertisements for tenders. Please contact Millennium Water Alliance Kenya in Nairobi at 0728-272-279 if you witness any illegal activities concerning this.

Kenya News

Smallholder Farm Groups Form in the Village of Nagis, Turkana Kenya

Posted August 24, 2017


In First Year of Kenya RAPID, More Than 30,000 Kenyans in Arid Lands Linked to Water Services

Partnerships Formed, Better Governance Underway to Increase Pace of Improved Water and Sanitation in Five-Year Push


4 May, 2017, Nairobi, Kenya – Since the February 2016 launch of the Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development program (Kenya RAPID), more than 30,772 people have gained access to safely managed water services, according to the Millennium Water Alliance – Kenya (MWAK).

 “This five-year US$35 million effort is incredibly important given the serious and continuous drought facing the five Kenya RAPID counties,” said Kenya RAPID Chief of Party Doris Kaberia. “The main goal is to build resilience to help these communities combat drought conditions. In 2016, the first year of the program, we laid the foundation for faster progress, and will provide water and sanitation to an increasing number of people every year of the program.”

The ambitious MWAK program now includes 15 national partners and funders. Major funding comes from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at US$12.5 million for five years, the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) at US$7.5 million for five years, and major ongoing investment by Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, and Wajir counties and the Government of Kenya.

Four non-governmental organization members of MWAK – CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry, and World Vision – also provide matching funding, and work directly at the county and local level to increase delivery and build resilience to climate change and other factors. The program seeks to bring improved water, sanitation, and hygiene education to more than 450,000 people by the end of 2020.

Installation of a sensor on a Kenya RAPID project in Kapedo, Turkana County. This is one of the initiatives undertaken by the program under private-public partnership models to monitor functionality of boreholes and hand pumps. Photo credit: CRS Turkana.

MWAK in Nairobi and its parent organization, the Millennium Water Alliance based in the United States, see the program as a step forward in the way it engages the private sector, foundations, and the county governments in planning and implementing the initiative throughout the entire five years.

Aqua for All (based in the Netherlands), Acacia Water, SweetSense Inc., Davis & Shirtliff, IBM Research–Africa, the KCB Foundation, Vitol Foundation, and The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation are partners, contributing skills and resources in various ways.

“The Government of Kenya and the five County Governments were deeply involved in the design and planning of Kenya RAPID,” Kaberia noted. These counties have long had high poverty rates, chronic food and water insecurity, and low access to basic services. Kenya RAPID seeks to increase the average water access coverage in these five counties from the present 37% to 50%. 

In its first year, the program also helped give water access to more than 5,200 cattle, 11,600 goats and sheep and 72 camels in the arid lands, supporting 184 farmers with improved technologies and management practices. One goal is to increase the diversity of household diets, and to expand the multiple uses of water for humans, livestock, crops, and conservation.

Kenya RAPID also works with other organizations to support a better devolved system of governance with strengthened institutional capacity in the water sector. The USAID program called AHADI, designed to support Kenya’s ongoing devolution process, is a key partner. AHADI is working with Kenya RAPID across the five counties in developing water sector policy, water laws, rules and regulations, and a water strategic plan. Community participation is a priority to both Kenya RAPID and USAID AHADI.

“We acknowledge the tremendous contribution also of former President of Kenya, His Excellency Mwai Kibaki,” added Kaberia. “Long before the formation of Kenya RAPID, His Excellency joined with us to find partners and to ensure that we address the daily lives of people, and stay on track. His leadership has been indispensable.”

H.E. Mwai Kibaki, who served as President of the Republic of Kenya from 2002 to 2013, serves as Patron of the Millennium Water Alliance Kenya and presided at the Nairobi launch event of Kenya RAPID in 2016.


For more information, contact:

Ignatius Bichanga, MWAK

John Sparks, MWA (US) 

Posted May 4, 2017


Launch of Kenya RAPID in Wajir County

Wajir County Governor Hon. Ahmed Abdullahi (left) and Swiss Ambassodor in Kenya H.E. Ralf Heckner (right) during the Kenya RAPID launch in Wajir County at Alimao Women Group Project on 22nd February, 2017.

A newly built 2-door improved toilet for both males and females at Alimao Women Group project that Kenya RAPID has supported.

Kenya RAPID staff supervise the works at the Alimao water pump which has been refurbished and rehabilitated including increasing water storage and installation of solar panels. Photo by Ignatius Bichanga, MWA-Kenya.

As a scale up of the water supply system for the Dulqub community, the program also installed a solar system to increase sustainable water supply for the community. Photo credit – World Vision Wajir.

Kenya RAPID supported the installation of a water supply system for the Dulqub community in Wajir South to serve domestic and livestock needs. Photo credit -World Vision Wajir.

Kenya RAPID Nurgows Water supply project in Wajir County. The project has benefited more than 6000 goats and sheep which use the water source as a watering point. Each farmer pays per animal per day. On a given day, the local water committee can collect up to 6000 Kenya shillings, covering the maintenance and management costs for the project. Photo credit – World Vision Wajir.


Posted May 10, 2017


MWA Kenya Invites Bids for Goods and Services for 2017-2018

Instructions and forms to apply for pre-qualification to supply goods and services to the Millennium Water Alliance Kenya this year and next are available here:

MWA Kenya Pre-qualification Application

Posted February 15, 2017


Kenya RAPID Restores Ulauli Community Borehole

The Ulauli community, located 130km from the town of Marsabit, recently celebrated the restoration of the community borehole with assistance of the Kenya RAPID program. The community had been without water since February 2016 when the borehole pump broke down and the community searched for water from other sources, mainly unprotected shallow wells 20km away. Women and children were suffering most due the long walking distances. These unprotected shallow wells, located on river beds, served both livestock and humans and were prone to contamination.

In September, the community approached the Marsabit Department of Water, and Kenya RAPID and Davis and Shirtliff, a leading supplier of Water related equipment, undertook the joint technical assessment. This entailed retrieving the pump as well as an analysis of water quality. The borehole was reequipped with a new pump and operation resumed in October.

“We would like to thank Kenya RAPID program for coming to our help the community during the dry period,” said Mesiamo Lengima, a member of Ulauli Self Help Group. “We used to walk over 20km in search of water from unprotected shallow wells for both domestic and livestock use. Much of our time was wasted in search of water. The unprotected shallow wells were prone to contamination resulting in diseases such as typhoid, diarrhea, and cholera.”

Consultations with Ulauli Water Management Committee on enhancing water source sustainability with Marsabit County Kenya RAPID CCU team. Photo by FHK

Consultations with Ulauli Water Management Committee on enhancing water source sustainability with Marsabit County Kenya RAPID CCU team. Photo by FHK

The children used to miss school for two reasons:  searching for water and suffering water-related illness. With rehabilitation of this borehole, the walking distance has reduced from 20km to 500m. The Ulauli Primary school has re-opened. Teachers had cited the lack of water as requiring closure. Teachers and children are concentrating on class work and the water related illness has reduced.

The borehole, originally drilled in 2012, has a yield of 3.46m3/hr translating to 34.6m3/day assuming 10 hours pumping. The water infrastructure as a whole includes the borehole, a 10m high 27m3 steel tank,  2 water kiosks, a solar power system, and a distribution pipeline of approximately 1.5 km serving surrounding communities. Other infrastructure includes a 25m3 Ground Masonry tank and water troughs. To ensure water project sustainability the community has elected a water management commitee (WMC) tasked with responsibilities of borehole management, water billing, record keeping, and water provision on a daily basis.



MWA Appoints Regional Program Officer in East Africa


The Millenniuchristine-banga-2016m Water Alliance announces the appointment of Christine Banga as the organization’s first Regional Program Officer. Ms. Banga will be working closely with MWA secretariat staff in Ethiopia and Kenya, and with East Africa Regional Director Chris Mzembe, who joined MWA earlier this year.

Ms. Banga has more than 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of WASH programs in Kenya. Prior to joining the Millennium Water Alliance, Ms. Banga was WASH/Nutrition Manager for the Kenya Integrated Water Sanitation and Hygiene Project in the western Kenya region. She previously worked for Catholic Relief Service – Kenya Program as WASH Manager, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Kenya Methodist University.


 MWA Launches $35.5 Million 5-Year Program to Accelerate WASH Services for 450,000 Kenyans in Arid Lands

MWA Kenya Patron Mwai Kibaki (right) greets MWA Board Chairman Malcolm Morris at the Feb 18 launch in Nairobi of the new $35.5million Kenya RAPID program. In the center are special guests Ralf Heckner, Swiss Ambassador to Kenya, and Robert Godec, US Ambassador to Kenya.

MWA Kenya Patron Mwai Kibaki (right) greets MWA Board Chairman Malcolm Morris at the Feb 18 launch in Nairobi of the new $35.5million Kenya RAPID program. In the center are special guests Ralf Heckner, Swiss Ambassador to Kenya, and Robert Godec, US Ambassador to Kenya. (Photo: KBC1)

Nairobi, Kenya, 17 February 2016 – Leaders of 14 government agencies, private companies, and nonprofits today launched an ambitious five-year program to bring better access to safe water and sanitation to five northern counties.

Funded by a range of partners, including the United States Agency for International Development, (USAID) and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), the program, called the Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development (Kenya-RAPID), will increase WASH coverage from the current average of 37% of the population to more than 50% by 2020 in Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, and Wajir.

Leaders of the program were joined at a special event at the Safari Park Hotel by His Excellency Mwai Kibaki, the Third President of Kenya, who was also named last year as the United Nations Special Envoy for Water. The Third President also serves as the Patron of the Millennium Water Alliance Kenya (MWA-K), a consortium of nonprofit organizations working with the Government of Kenya and county governments to achieve full WASH coverage in the country by the year 2030.


3R Final Reports

Posted Aug 18, 2015

KALDRR IP Report – Marsabit Final 2013-10-14

KALDRR IP Report – Turkana Final 2013-10-14

KALDRR IP Report – Wajir Final Dec 2013 IRC Acacia




Posted Dec 16, 2014

As the KALDRR WASH program implementation period comes to a close, the Kamotonyi community in Marsabit county looks into the future with more hope. The seasonal river that used to be dry after long periods of dry spells will no longer be the same.

Water will now be permanently stored in the river sand and accessed through an infiltration well rather than scooping from the sand. This has been effected as a result of the construction of the Sand Dam across the Kamotonyi river through FH Kenya a MWA Kenya Implementing partner

The sand dam has already harvested water from the recent rains that will now be permanently be stored in the sand and accessed by community and the nearby school all the year round.

A sand dam is a wall(weir) constructed across a river section well anchored to the basement rock and to the river banks to ensure its stability and performance.
An infiltration gallery is a structure put in place within the sand storage area to ensure filtration of water before collection at the well.
The surrounding environment is also expected to change in a matter of time.

FH Kenya is ensuring that in the coming weeks, the Kamotonyi community access safe water through the infiltration well which is at the final stages of completion.

A similar sand dam has been constructed in Illaut community in the same county to improve water access for the community members.

In the implementation of these projects FH has closely partnered with the county government and the beneficiary communities.




Nairobi, Kenya, November 5-7, 2014 – Nearly 40 representatives of Kenyan and international civil society and business leaders met to launch the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan of the Millennium Water Alliance Kenya, a new entity created with the leadership of the Millennium Water Alliance (US).

Former President of Kenya, The Honorable Mwai Kibaki, the official Patron of Millennium Water Alliance Kenya (MWAK), made the keynote speech at the launch ceremony on November 5 and also addressed top business community leaders on November 7.

For television coverage of the events, click here:  (the 2 minute 34 second segment begins at 6:31, stops at 9:06).

Also:  (NTV Kenya, 1 minute 43 seconds segment)


“Water being such a critical resource, a mission to ensure its universal availability to the people of Kenya deserves all the support one can muster from both public and private sector actors,” the former President said in his keynote.

Morris & Kibaki MWAK Strategy Launch Nov 2014

That is why we are here today, calling for greater and closer collaboration of three critical partners,” he adding noting that only through cooperation can the public sector (government), private sector (business), and non-governmental actors (international and local NGOs and civil society), can the country accelerate its progress toward 100% coverage for all Kenyans in safe drinking water and sanitation access.

MWA Board Chairman Malcolm Morris noted the former President’s long association with the substantial progress made in Kenya in recent years toward that goal. President Kibaki’s personal commitment “did not cease with the millions added during his term but he has committed to continue in that commitment for universal WASH coverage as Patron of the Millennium Water Alliance of Kenya,” Morris said.

Morris stressed that the purpose of gathering business leaders for part of the event was to heart their perspective on universal water supply as it affects their business, not necessarily as providers of water solutions, “but in the importance of this water supply to you, realizing that no business can exist without good availability of water.”

Morris said that even those businesses not directly involved in the water sector will be dependent on a disciplined water sector to achieve the economic growth envisioned for Kenya.

Business leaders in attendance included Dr. Helen Gichohi, Equity Bank; Mr. Joseph Ogutu, Safaricom; Ms. Carole Kariuki, Kenya Private Sector Alliance; Mr. John Kiarie, Deloitte; Dr. Susan Mboya, Coca-Cola; Dr. Romano Kiome, International Livestock Research Institute; and Mr.  Edward Davis, Davis & Shirtliff.

Susan Mboya, TCCAF at MWAK Strategy Launch Nov 2014

Attendees also heard from James Teko Lopoyetum, Principal Secretary for the Kenyan Department Of Water; Dr. Khadijah Kassachoon, Principal Secretary for Health; Sjef Ernes, CEO of Aqua for All, the Dutch partner in MWAK; and Stanley Murage, Board Member of MWAK.

The launch included partners of the Millennium Water Alliance in its current  US$9.8 million Kenya Arid Lands – Disaster Risk Reduction WASH program in five Kenya counties (Turkana, Marsabit, Garissa, Isiolo, and Wajir), funded by the United States Agency for International Development and MWA partners CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry, IRC  , Living Water International, World Vision,, and Aqua for All.  Very importantly, the ministers of water from the five counties of the KALDRR program also participated.

The Millennium Water Alliance Kenya (MWAK) is a subsidiary of Millennium Water Alliance (MWA), based in the United States. Founded in 2002, MWA is the consortium of leading development organizations helping to bring safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) education to the world’s poorest people. Both entities offer sustainable solutions through collaborative programming, advocacy, and knowledge sharing.

For more information, contact:

Rafael Callejas 202-296-1836

Susan Dundon 313-815-3609

John Sparks 202-296-1833

Doris Kaberia (Kenya)