Celebrating World Toilet Day

Maji na Ufanisi joined the rest of the communities in Mombasa and Taita Taveta Counties in celebrating World Toilet Day, on 19th November 2015 in Bangladesh Informal settlement Mombasa County. Among the main activities involved included training primary school pupils and the community at large on good hand washing and toilet use.

 

 

Maji na Ufanisi signs MoU with Kakamega County Government

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Markets, Health and Educational Institutions

Maji na Ufanisi and Kakamega County Government have entered into a partnership agreement that is aimed at transforming the lives of the Kakamega County residents through strategic water and sanitation intervention in schools communities and public markets. The goal of the partnership is to enhance the county’s capacity to achieve water and sanitation security to respond to vulnerability and poverty and meet the socio-economic and environmental needs and therefore improve living standards for all citizens in Kakamega.

In May 2014 Kakamega County signed a Letter of Intent (attached) with Maji na Ufanisi aimed at providing a framework for cooperation in water resources development for social, economic, livelihoods and health to improve the citizens’ well-being. 

In pursuit of this agreement, a further meeting comprising of the Governor of Kakamega, the Ministers for health, Water, Trade and Education, with the Chairpersons of the respective County Assembly Committees and technical officers have decided to prepare a  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for development of water, sanitation and hygiene services on the complementary subsectors of Markets, Health, and Educational Institutions. 

The proposed partnerships will promote improved water and sanitation conditions for citizens and improve living conditions for communities especially the vulnerable and marginalized segments of society like the women, youth, aged and people with disabilities. 

The expected impact from the partnership will be increased school enrollment, retention and improved performance within the target schools, improved capacity by county government to deliver responsive laws, policies and services, improved personal hygiene and environmental sanitation in public spaces. 

It is expected to lead to increased citizens’ participation in management of development projects and decision making at county level, sustainability of projects through enterprise development and more awareness among the citizens on their right to demand for service provision by the primary duty bearer as enshrined within the Kenyan Constitution.

 

Recognizing benefits of Public Private Partnership

The draft National Water Bill 2014 took center stage during the courtesy call made to the CEC for Water Mombasa County Hon. Fatma Awale, by Head of International Department, Mr. Mads Jorgensen and Maji na Ufanisi team. During the discussions it emerged that, the delay to the passing of the National Draft Water Bill 2014 into law has led to the Mombasa County Government deciding to go ahead and draft the Mombasa County Water Bill to help sort out the myriads of challenges the County government has been facing in regards to water and sanitation.

DPA , Head of International Department, Mr. Mads Jorgensen (left), Maji na Ufanisi

team pose for a photo with Mombasa County CEC, Hon. Fatma Awale (centre) during a courtesy call to her office

During the talks both parties emphasized the value of citizen participation in the drafting of the County Bill. Hon. Fatma  Awale thanked MnU for playing a key role in the participatory process through mobilization training and facilitation of citizenry working groups that contributed to the entire process of ensuring appropriate clauses are put in place in the Water Bill that safeguarded the interest of the communities in the county.

The courtesy call was one of the activities that Maji na Ufanisi had put in place as it played host to Mr. Mads who is on an official visit to assess  the progress of the joint partnership programme between the two organizations (Maji na Ufanisi and DPA).

 

The partnership is rooted in the promotion of good governance (non-discrimination, transparency, accountability and participation), WASH rights and advocacy for marginalized citizens of Kenya (in particular women, children and other vulnerable groups) under the devolved governance system in Kenya.

Spearheading Community Development: Kaptagat Usafi Group CBO Unveils New Bus for Community

Kptagat Usafi Group CBO unveiled a new bus which the CBO says will be used to enhance more community development.  

Isaiah Waweru, Kaptagat Usafi Group Chairman said the following:

“The journey has been long but we are always looking forward to promoting development in the communities we live in to show that real development is possible even to those who come from poor background. This bus is just an addition to other developments we want to make.” 

Members of Kaptagat Usafi Group show their joy as the pose for a photo in front of their new bus

The success of the group came about through community water and sanitation interventions implemented by Maji na Ufanisi. The group embraced the MnU entrepreneurial model which creates a framework that treats the WATSAN facilities like a business, creating incentives towards success at every level .

Kaptagat Usafi Group have successfully used this model as a way of improving the livelihoods of their members. The community manages the facilities using the pay per-use system. As a result, Kaptagat CBO has been able to collect enough revenue to employ staff to operate and maintain the toilet facilities, pay Nairobi Water Company attendant service charges and operate a savings and credit scheme. 

These investments have transformed the Kaptagat community to a point where they now feel more secure about their future with less fear of being trapped in the poverty cycle.

The group has not only purchased vehicles for commercial and community use but also fulfilled their vision, by ensuring each of the members own a piece of land. 

 

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