New Video Shows Gains in Water, Sanitation in Kenya

Washington, DC | July 31, 2012

The Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) today released a short documentary film chronicling the Alliance’s work to bring safe drinking water and better sanitation to nearly 200,000 people in some of the poorest regions of the east African country of Kenya.

The 21-minute film focuses on the impact of MWA’s water projects, latrines, and hygiene education on community health and school enrollment, in the words of Kenyans who work with and benefit from the program.

MWA is a 501(c)(3) coalition of the leading U.S.-based charities that implement programs in water, sanitation, and hygiene. In Kenya, MWA and its members Food for the Hungry, Catholic Relief Services, CARE, Lifewater International, Living Water International, and World Vision have helped to bring safe drinking water and safer sanitation systems and practices to villages in four distinct regions of the country.

“Our alliance’s flexibility allows our member organizations to coordinate their efforts in a given country,” said MWA executive director Rafael Callejas. “They each realize greater efficiency and a great ability to adapt to new information by working together. The particular strengths of each organization are best used when shared strategies and approaches are implemented.”

Kenya is a water-scarce country. Safe drinking water for human consumption is at only 43% of the nation’s 41 million people, compared to the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of 70%, while current sanitation coverage is at only 71%, against the Millennium Development Goal of 90%.

More information on MWA programs is available at, or by contacting Rafael Callejas at 202-657-5183, or John Sparks at 202-296-1832.

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