Nasaru Project
Oldonyo-Nyokie Group Ranch

Project Location:
Magadi Division, Oldonyo-Nyokie, Koora sub location, New Kajiado North Constituency, Kajiado County, Rift Valley Province of Kenya.

Local Need:
The area is considered semi-arid with scattered vegetation and little rain. Due to climate change, the dry seasons have become longer than usual and water sources have dried up. There is some rainfall that locals manage to collect but their primary sources of water require long journeys, often 3-4 hours daily to retrieve water. In addition, 80% of households do not have access to latrines.

Local water source

Local Economy
The local Masai economy is centered around raising cattle. The drought and lack of access to fresh water has had a huge negative impact on their livlihood. Though average incomes in 1999 were already below the poverty line, they have since dropped by 80% as a result of the draught in 2001 and 2002. Loss of long term grazing, forest cover, irrigation, wildlife and severe shortages of water have had a devastating effect.

Maji Masasfi Initiative and Tata Chemicals have joined forces, along with the Magadi Water Council, Village Chiefs and local Women’s Groups to address this crisis. Tata Chemicals Magadi is a local manufacturing company that has been a stable force in the region since 1912.

Community (baraza) meeting with the Village Chiefs, council members, Elders and women’s group reps to approve water tank project.

Project Development:

After a year of field work, research and relationship building in the Magadi region we were convinced that the situation is nothing short of desperate. Meeting with all the community stakeholders, organizations and groups over this time, we gained great insight into the situation and have investigated many possible solutions. These include boreholes, catchments, pipelines and water tanks. Boreholes will not work in this region because the water has too much fluoride and salt for human consumption. Catchments are not dependable and dry up during drought and the dry seasons. Pipe lines might be the best long term solution but take years to plan and implement. In order to address the immediate need, a series of water tanks were found to be the best short term solution.

Maji Masafi raised funds to install 5 large water storage tanks for the villages in the greatest need. Tata Chemicals agreed to supply the water truck and make deliveries on a regular schedule. Guaranteed water availability helps dramatically to improve the overall quality of life for families in these rural communities, and more specifically allows women time to focus on their businesses and an education for their children.

    Phase I
  • The purchase and installation of (5) 10,000 liter water tanks.
  • Regular delivery of clean water to tank locations.
  • Health and Hygiene education program.
  • Local women's group training and preparation to manage community water resource.
  • Community capacity building.
Maji Masafi and Tata Chemicals finalizing the Memorandum of Understanding

Maji Masafi is ramping up for phase II of the project with a number of initiaives directed at creating greater stability within the community. They address the need for financial independence, diversification of income sources, and other challenges that have persistently limited opportunities for these communities. Learn more

    Phase II: Economic Stability
  • Water Trust Fund
  • Soap For Water
  • Micro Finance Program
  • Health & Hygiene Program
  • Bicycle Relief
  • Jerry Can Replacement
Members of Naserian Village Women’s group meet to discuss project.
From right to left: Lorna, Lucy, Felistas, Nafula, Grace and Rosemary

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