Transform Lives with Maji Na Ufanisi

"Water for All in Kenya's Arid and Semi-Arid Lands"

Mission and Vision

Maji Na Ufanisi, with over 27 years of expertise in the Water sector, has been transforming the lives of local communities in Kenya.

Our vision is “Water For All,” and our mission is to be a leader in the water and sanitation sector (WASH), influencing resilience, governance, knowledge management, and promoting best practices in environmental sanitation in Kenya.

Arid and Semi Arid Project Background

Chronic water shortages are a significant issue in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) regions, affecting the quality of life for local communities.

Maji Na Ufanisi, with over 27 years of expertise in the water sector, has been working tirelessly to improve access to water and education on water management in these areas.

We employ a variety of technologies and strategies, including collaboration with stakeholders such as local communities, governmental bodies, and private sector actors, to maximize water resources.

Our work has transformed the lives of local communities in Kenya through the development of highly successful policies, programming, and implementation of our portfolio of projects in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH).

Arid and Semi Arid Areas

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Impact of Our Work

Our initiatives are making a significant difference in the arid and semi-arid lands, bringing about transformative changes in the lives of the communities residing in these regions.

Here’s a detailed look at how we’re achieving this:

  • Water Troughs

Water is a fundamental necessity, not just for humans but also for livestock that forms the backbone of the economy in these regions.

We’re constructing water troughs in strategic locations, providing a reliable source of water for both people and livestock. These troughs are designed to be easily accessible, ensuring that water can be fetched with minimal effort.

  • Water Purifiers

Access to clean water is a basic human right. To ensure this, we’re distributing water purifiers to those fetching water from boreholes, dams, and water troughs.

These purifiers are simple to use and effective, ensuring that the water consumed by the communities is safe, clean, and free from harmful contaminants.

  • Underground Tanks

The climate in arid and semi-arid lands is characterized by long dry periods interspersed with short rainy seasons.

To make the most of the rainfall, we’re constructing underground tanks that store water during the rainy season, providing a crucial reserve during dry periods.

These tanks are designed to keep the water clean and prevent evaporation.

  • Boreholes

In many areas, the only source of water is underground. We’re drilling boreholes to tap into these underground water reserves, bringing this vital resource to the surface for communities to use.

The boreholes are strategically located to serve as many people as possible.

  • Dams

Rainwater is a valuable resource that needs to be harnessed effectively. Our dams capture and store rainwater, providing a large-scale solution to water scarcity.

These dams not only serve as a source of water but also help to recharge the groundwater levels.

  • Shallow Wells

In some areas, water is available just a few meters below the ground. We’re digging shallow wells in these areas, providing an accessible source of water for communities.

These wells significantly reduce the distance people need to travel to fetch water, saving time and effort.

  • Rock Catchments

Nature has its way of storing water, and we’re learning from it.

We’re constructing rock catchments that collect and store rainwater that falls on rocky areas, providing an innovative solution to water scarcity.

These catchments are designed to maximize water collection and minimize evaporation.

  • Natural Water Pans

We’re creating natural water pans to collect and store rainwater, providing an additional source of water for communities.

These water pans are designed to blend in with the natural environment and provide a reliable source of water during the dry season.

  • Rain Harvesting Technology

Education is a powerful tool for change. We’ve installed rain harvesting technology in schools, teaching the next generation about sustainable water management while providing a reliable water source.

This initiative not only solves the water problem but also instills a sense of responsibility towards water conservation in the young minds.

  • Solarization of Boreholes

Renewable energy is the future, and we’re harnessing it to address water scarcity.

We’re using solar power to pump water from boreholes to the surface, reducing the dependence on non-renewable sources of energy and making water fetching a less labor-intensive task.

Each of these initiatives is a step towards a future where water scarcity is a thing of the past. With continued efforts and support, we believe that this future is within our reach.

Target Locations

We’re focusing our efforts on the following arid and semi-arid regions in Kenya:

  • Mandera: Located in the North-Eastern part of Kenya, this region faces severe water scarcity. Our initiatives are providing much-needed relief to the local communities.
  • Kitui: Despite being rich in mineral resources, Kitui struggles with water scarcity. Our projects are helping to alleviate this issue.
  • Garissa: Located near the Tana River, Garissa still faces water scarcity due to inconsistent rainfall. Our initiatives are helping to bridge this gap.
  • Wajir: In this arid region, our water projects are making a significant difference in the lives of the local pastoral communities.
  • Laikipia: Despite being home to a diverse range of wildlife, Laikipia struggles with water scarcity. Our projects are helping to address this.
  • Samburu: Our initiatives in Samburu are providing reliable water sources for both the local communities and the wildlife.
  • Baringo: In Baringo, our projects are helping to combat the water scarcity that threatens both people and livestock.
  • Isiolo: Our initiatives in Isiolo are providing much-needed water resources for the local pastoral communities.
  • Kajiado: Despite its proximity to Nairobi, Kajiado faces severe water scarcity. Our projects are helping to address this issue.
  • West Pokot: Our initiatives in West Pokot are providing reliable water sources for the local communities, transforming lives and livelihoods.

Our work in these regions is not only about providing water but also about empowering communities, promoting sustainable practices, and fostering partnerships with local governments.

We believe that by focusing our efforts on these areas, we can make a significant impact on the lives of the people living in these arid and semi-arid lands.

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Our Partnerships in Kenya's ASAL Regions

At Maji na Ufanisi, we believe in the power of collaboration.

We understand that addressing the complex issue of water scarcity in arid and semi-arid lands requires a multi-faceted approach.

That’s why we’re proud to partner with a diverse range of organizations, each bringing unique expertise and resources to the table.

  • Community-Based Organizations (CBOs): We work closely with CBOs who have an intimate understanding of their communities’ unique needs. They are our eyes and ears on the ground, helping us tailor our initiatives to have the most significant impact.
  • Water Users Associations: These associations play a pivotal role in managing water resources at the community level. Our collaboration ensures that water is used sustainably and equitably, benefiting all community members.
  • Water Service Providers: These are companies formed by counties to manage water resources on a larger scale. Our partnership with them allows us to maximize the reach and impact of our initiatives.
  • Faith-Based Organizations: We’re working with foreign missionaries from the Anglican Church and Catholic dioceses. Their influence and resources are invaluable in helping us reach more people and make a more significant impact.
  • County Steering Groups in ASAL Counties: These groups guide the implementation of projects in their respective counties. We collaborate with them to ensure our initiatives align with local needs and priorities, thereby increasing their effectiveness.
  • County Secretary in Each ASAL County: We work closely with these government officials to ensure our initiatives comply with local regulations and have the support of the county government. This partnership is crucial for the smooth implementation of our projects.
  • Kenya National Government Represented by National Drought Management Agency: This agency plays a critical role in managing drought and its effects in Kenya. We’re proud to partner with them in our efforts to combat water scarcity in arid and semi-arid lands.
  • Pastoralists Parliamentary Group: This group advocates for the rights and needs of pastoral communities. We collaborate with them to ensure our initiatives meet the unique needs of these communities, thereby enhancing their effectiveness.

Through these partnerships, we’re not just providing water; we’re building resilient communities, promoting sustainable practices, and empowering people.

We’re making a difference, one drop at a time.

Join us in our mission to bring clean water and sanitation to arid and semi-arid lands. Your support can transform lives.

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Case Study: Maji na Ufanisi's Impact in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands

Maji na Ufanisi, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing water and sanitation solutions, embarked on a transformative project in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) of Kenya.

Funded by DFID, the ASAL programme aimed to address the critical issue of water scarcity in these regions.

This case study explores the key outcomes, learnings, and future plans of this impactful initiative.

Expanding Project Scope

The ASAL programme initially focused on providing domestic water supply. However, as the project evolved, its purpose expanded to include water for livestock consumption, promotion of hygiene practices and sanitation, and provision of water for schools. This holistic approach ensured that all aspects of water needs in the ASAL regions were addressed.

Transition to Sedentary Lifestyle

The provision of reliable water supplies led to a significant lifestyle change among the nomadic communities. With access to consistent water sources, these communities transitioned to a more sedentary lifestyle.

The project also successfully reduced the time spent on fetching water from an average of 4 days to less than 4 hours.

Policy Influence and Grassroots Impact

The ASAL programme also engaged in policy discussions regarding new water policies. However, the focus on national-level policy overshadowed grassroots-level policy articulation and influencing. This learning underscores the need for a balanced approach to policy influence at all levels.

Hygiene, Sanitation, and Economic Independence

The integration of hygiene and sanitation practices into water supply systems led to improved water quality and reduced waterborne diseases. Partner organizations like PISP and Ngua Mlambo Development Trust achieved a measure of economic independence by raising funds independently and initiating income generation activities.

Capacity Building and Future Plans

Maji na Ufanisi worked with four ASAL water partners, each at different stages of maturity.

While some partners demonstrated the capability to work independently, others required capacity-building support.

Future plans include technical support, networking, advocacy, governance, policy issues, and capacity building in various areas such as project management, community development, and financial management.

Water Technologies and Infrastructure

The project implemented a range of appropriate water technologies, including underground tanks, gravity water schemes, ferro-cement tanks, sand dams, wells, and masonry dams. A total of 101 water structures were developed across the project areas, significantly improving water access for communities.

Training and Maintenance

Maintenance and training of water points were key components of the project. Local artisans and water user associations were trained in construction, management, and operation of the water structures. Community fundis, management committees, women groups, and youth were also trained in the operation and maintenance of various water systems.

Conclusion and Future Needs

The report concludes by highlighting the need for ongoing support and funding for the partner organizations to ensure the sustainability of the water programmes. Continued capacity building, fundraising support, and consolidation of achievements are crucial for the future success of the organizations.

Overall, the ASAL programme made significant progress in providing water access, improving hygiene and sanitation practices, and empowering partner organizations to become self-reliant in delivering effective community-based water, hygiene, and environmental sanitation programmes.

Download the complete report here.

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501(3)(c) Status

One of the unique features of donating to Maji na Ufanisi is that it uses the Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships as its fiscal sponsor. 

This means that all donations sent to Maji na Ufanisi are tax-deductible, making it a smart and impactful way to support a worthy cause.

Your donation can help provide communities with access to clean water, build sanitation facilities, eradicate period poverty and educate individuals on proper hygiene practices.

By contributing to Maji na Ufanisi, you can help break the cycle of poverty and illness that is caused by lack of access to clean water,  sanitation, and period poverty

Your donation, no matter how big or small, can make a real difference in the lives of people who are struggling to access basic necessities. 

Join us in our mission to provide sustainable water and menstrual health solutions to communities in need by donating to Maji na Ufanisi today.

Proven track record

Maji na Ufanisi has been operating for 27 years, and during that time, they have been making a significant impact in providing clean water and sanitation to Kenyans. Our long track record of success is a testament to Our commitment to Our mission and Our ability to deliver effective solutions.

Recognition for excellence

The organization has won several awards for their work, including the 2015 AfricaSan Youth Award. This recognition is a testament to our dedication to our cause and our ability to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in need.

Strong partnerships

Maji na Ufanisi works closely with national and county governments, as well as over 100 community-based organizations. These strong partnerships help to ensure that our solutions are tailored to the specific needs of the communities we serve, and that they are effectively integrated with broader development efforts.

Good Stewardship of Donations and Grants

Water and Development (Maji na Ufanisi) uses in-kind grants to provide clean water and sanitation to Kenyans. This means you can be confident that your support is being used to directly provide essential resources to those in need.

Sustainable impact

Solutions provided by Maji na Ufanisi are designed to have a long-lasting impact. By partnering with us, you can contribute to a sustainable solution that will improve the lives of people in need for years to come.

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What our Beneficiaries and Partners have to say:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - "Maji na Ufanisi has transformed our community by providing access to clean water and sanitation. Before their intervention, we struggled with waterborne diseases and inadequate sanitation facilities. Now, we can live healthier and more dignified lives. We are grateful for their tireless work and commitment to our well-being."
Josephine
Community Leader
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - "As a partner of Maji na Ufanisi, I have witnessed firsthand their impact on the ground. Their team of experts is dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to the water and sanitation crisis in Kenya. Through their innovative projects and collaborations with local communities, they are making a real difference in the lives of thousands of people."
John
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Maji na Ufanisi has helped us in so many ways. Before, we had to walk long distances to collect water from a polluted river. Now, we have a well in our community that provides us with safe and clean water. We have also received training on how to practice good hygiene. Thanks to Maji na Ufanisi, our lives have been transformed
Jane

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