Water Improvements a Boon

Kiwanjani Village, Kenya


Kiwanjani is our seventh village in which GHNI has started the project of transformation. The villagers of Kiwanjani are a mix of tribes; the village is more like a rural-urban setup where the rich and the poor live in the same area due to immigration from urban areas to rural ones.


Our first successful programme targeted water. In this area we only have one borewell, which serves over 350 households alongside the water piped in by the Ministry of Water, which serves part of the area. The rest depend on the salty borehole water, and that water is pumped from the Isiolo seasonal river to the purification plant before being filtered and cleansed. Safe, clean water is pumped through pipes to the surrounding rural community. Kiwanjani lies on the far end of town, and, with its high population, the community faces occasional water crises.


The effort made by GHNI to place water kiosks has produced great returns. The following story demonstrates the success of the project and the amazing new opportunities given to the communities through the increased water supply. Villagers were having to walk for up to 18 kilometres a day just to reach safe drinking water for their families; this has now been drastically reduced.


Murithi, a father of four from Meru Village, used to have to endure an 18 kilometre walk to and from the nearest water supply to fetch drinking water for his family. He now only needs to travel four kilometres for clean drinking water, saving a tremendous amount of time each day. By using a wheelbarrow to transport his jerry cans, the trip is also less strenuous. Murithi has even been able to start a small food kiosk alongside several other men from the area, making use of their spare time not spent walking to get water.


Thank you!



GHNI National Field Leader