Our Mission is to unlock opportunity for Kenya’s poorest residents, county by county, by ensuring everyone has clean water, safe toilets and good hygiene - forever.
Where we work, 8 out of every 10 people lack access to clean water, safe toilets and good hygiene. Most residents live in rural communities and spend hours every day walking to collect dirty water or find a safe place to relieve themselves. Dirty water and poor hygiene spread diseases meaning even more time is lost to sickness that could have been used to learn and earn. For a child, this can mean the difference between dropping out of primary school and completing a full education. For a parent, this can mean the difference between struggling to get by and earning enough to improve the standing of their family. By reducing the time lost to water collection and preventable disease we remove these barriers to learning and earning, allowing people to lift themselves out of poverty.
Our work is currently focused in Bomet County, in the South West of Kenya. Bomet has a population of around one million people. Currently these residents have the 3rd lowest access to clean water sources of Kenya’s 47 counties with only 23% having access to both clean water and a safe toilet. We won’t be leaving until we’re sure that everyone in the county has clean water, safe toilets and good hygiene, forever.
To achieve this, we don’t do projects and walk away - we’re working with government and business to set up services and build systems that are self-sustaining. Our team of 15 Kenyan and UK staff and 300+ volunteers are able to bring together the diverse range of people and organisations needed to achieve this because of the reputation our work has developed. We’ve been on the ground in Kenya since 2008 and have reached just over 120,000 people so far. We are the first international NGO ever to be honoured with the direct support of Kenya’s grassroots Constituency Development Fund - which is testament to the trust and respect the work of our local team inspires in everyone from the teachers we work with at schools to the MPs supporting our work in parliament.
Our Kenyan team’s office is based on the heart of Bomet County. Our UK team is distributed between London, Birmingham, Sheffield and York.