Almost 50 million people live in Kenya, of which 43% do not have access to clean water. For decades, water scarcity has been a major issue caused mainly by years of recurrent droughts, poor management of water supply, contamination of the available water, and a sharp increase in water demand due to relatively high population growth.
Lack of rainfall has caused acute water shortage affecting the ability to acquire food leading to a cycle of violence and poverty within Kenya’s pastoral and nomadic communities. In most of these areas, water shortages have been amplified by the lack of adequate investment in water. Clean water, improved sanitation, and proper hygiene are important ways of ending extreme poverty, making our existence of paramount urgency.
We drive innovation to communities around access to clean water
Smart Water Systems
Our focus on the water means children can attend school because they are not sick or wasted collecting water. Their family benefits from a sustainable income and improved hygiene practices, and their community are healthier and prosperous.
We build local capacity to effectively drive innovative initiatives around water and healthcare service delivery.
To transform Africa from poverty and disease to wealth and well-being by leveraging water technology and enhanced competencies.
To harness the potential of communities to help themselves, assume control of their own development and improve their standard of living through poverty reduction and prevention of diseases.
Africa Alliance for Health Research and Economic Development (AAHRED) is registration number OP. 218/051/16-081/10345 impact-driven independent non-governmental organization.
We promote access to safe water, sanitation infrastructure, and basic hygiene education to schools and communities, greatly reducing the risk of preventable disease for universal health and wellbeing. We work on evidence-based poverty and disease-responsive solutions for long-term development.
Our water program operates in north-western Kenya, in particular, Uasin Gishu, Trans-nzoia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, West Pokot, and Turkana Counties combined population of about five million (5,000,000) people.
We build capacities of communities towards water and sanitation, hygiene behavior change affecting their health and wellbeing.
We promote equitable access to water for domestic use, sanitation, food security, and sustainable environments so that communities have better hygiene, education, self-reliance, nutrition, and better agricultural outcomes.
We train water user committees on operations, maintenance, and financial management to effectively manage water supply projects and help in the protection of freshwater ecosystems that provide drinking water.
To build local capacity to effectively drive innovative initiatives around clean water access, sanitation, hygiene, and healthcare service delivery.
To enhance community capacities for sustainable water, health, and development that is responsive to individuals, families, and communities needs.
To assess, monitor, and share information on national and county level healthcare access and quality gaps, and strengthen the capacity of civil society and communities for the financing, prevention, preparedness, and rapid assessment and response to infectious disease threats and healthcare management
AAHRED works on water projects such as borehole drilling, solar-powered water systems, digging of shallow wells, and building water dams, allowing the above communities access to clean water sources at all times and especially during droughts. Additionally, the organization gives the communities reliable access to clean water through gravity systems, water system rehabilitation, and the protection of intakes from natural springs.
We lead community-based management of water facilities, household and community sanitation, hygiene lessons, and efficient and sustainable water use for economic development.
To scale up interventions, AAHRED works in partnership with community-owned water projects in the mentioned geographical areas.