Projects Summary

Overview:

The creation of sustainable resources isn’t as simple as the drilling, building, and pumping required to get water to the surface. Mechanical systems are deeply intertwined with social and political systems so a primary focus is the development of relationships that can serve as their foundation. This begins through a number of visits and several stages of information exchange.

A set of established criteria is used to assess proposals from local communities.  The categories are: need, organizational capacity, community support, viability, sustainability and population served.

A series of meetings and investigations are held with each prospective Village. We have requested and received proposals from 9 communities using the Community Water Investment Program guidelines.

In a second round of meetings with community Elders and local community groups, further plans were formulated based on the specific needs, locations, budgets and timelines of each community. In 2013 we began our first pilot program --Project Nasaru--on the Oldonyo-Nyokie Group Ranch.

Pilot Program Projects:

Project Nasaru -  Oldonyo-Nyokie Group Ranch

The first pilot program community is Oldonyo-Nyokie Group Ranch located about 120 km south east of Nairobi. Oldonyo-Nyokie is a Masai Group Ranch with a handful of villages within its borders and a population of 3,000 people. High levels of salt and fluoride in the ground water prohibit the use of wells to access clean water. In the first stage of this project, five reservoir tanks were installed at key points between Magadi and Kamukuru located 32km to the north. They allowed the surrounding community to travel shorter distances and to more reliable water while other solutions were developed. As of fall 2014 Maji Masafi is preparing to impliment phase II projects, working to secure greater economic stability within the community.

Nasaru Project
Phase II Initiatives
people waiting for the water truck