KALDRR-WASH: The Foundation for Kenya RAPID

Kenya RAPID’s predecessor program, the Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction – Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program (KALDRR-WASH), provided services for more than 60,000 beneficiaries from December 2012 – December 2014. It was funded by USAID and MWA members in order to provide safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education (WASH) to areas of rural Kenya struck by drought and climate change.


In collaboration with communities, schools, and health clinics, the KALDRR-WASH program:

  • Improved the health and economic well-being of households and communities in drought prone lands by improving access to clean water and hygienic facilities through community training, school engagement and infrastructure development.
  • Provided community-level water management strategy and training to reduce vulnerability to drought and climate change, working with teachers and students to form school hygiene clubs focused on behavior change. Students performed plays, recited poems, and made artwork to spread the word about the importance of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.
  • Moved beyond direct provision of community infrastructure with the aim of supporting deeper, systemic changes in WASH service delivery. By creating a different demand landscape paired with community-based strategies to effect and sustain change, beneficiaries were engaged at each step in the process.
  • Deployed a service delivery approach (rather than a “handout” approach) which treats WASH as a basic, necessary service, rather than an externally conceptualized project.
  • KALDRR operated in five counties with arid and semi-arid lands: Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, and Wajir. Each of the four MWA member NGOs implemented WASH in specific districts of each of these counties.

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