Our Approach

 

Community Water Investment Program
MMI’s work begins with the development of new clean-water resources. Kenya has a seemingly endless number of communities in critical need of clean water, that has been established. But what Maji Masafi Initiative seeks to do goes beyond giving water. It is about supporting communities so they can grow and develop, it’s about ensuring that these resources are sustainable.

Water Resource Council
At the center of every project is the formation of what we call a Water Resource Council. The Council is a partnership between Maji Masafi, local organizers in women’s and youth groups, and partnering NGOs. All members sign on to certain roles and responsibilities and share in the ownership of the project. Throughout the process, educational programs help to foster health in the community and ensure lasting use of the well. Additional responsibilities are shifted progressively to local members of the council until they are sole managers of the project.

Financial Structure
When beginning work with a new community Maji Masafi finances the first stages of the project. Stakeholder meetings, community outreach, organizational and educational programs help organize the community to leverage those resources for their economic and community growth. With time local community groups and stakeholders become partners in the development of new and existing resources.

The goal is to create self-sustaining fresh water systems owned and operated by the communities. This process could take the form of vertical delivery systems, using deep water wells and distribution kiosks, or horizontal delivery and storage systems connecting existing water resources to the places most removed from them. A combination of those and other strategies are used to match each circumstance.

Empowering Woman
One of the main objectives of the program is to help provide community stability, health and accountability by preparing women to take leadership roles in the project. MMI partners with local women’s groups, NGOs, and other Community Based Organizations and provides them with the training to manage the project, and carry forth educational initiatives into the wider community.