Tomorrow marks the start of my third week in Kenya, and I’m really starting to feel at home. The matatu lines are becoming second nature and I have favorite markets for food and cafes for wifi.
Amy and Thomas from Mama Hope arrived last Thursday and are still recovering from their jet lag. They are currently sleeping on the floor of our living room under a jerry-rigged mosquito net and filling their days with visits to project sites. They are energy machines! I am not sure how they do it, but I suppose they have a lot to fit into their three-week visit to Africa.
I was so excited yesterday to have the opportunity to go out to the Wandiege Water and Sanitation Company to speak with the Chairman and Festus, a founding member of the company, two of the most awesome men I have ever met!
Wandiege started out in 2001 as a group of individuals that came together to figure out how they could bring clean water and sanitation into their community. They now distribute water to 35 kiosks and hundreds of private homes hooked into their network, providing water to a community of 30,000 people. No mean feat for a couple people from the neighborhood!
Since the beginning their main focus has been on community participation, mobilization and sensitization, all of which are my main priorities in the expansion of the Chiga water project. Sensitization, otherwise known as community education, is of particular interest to me because it will increase the impact, scope and viability of the kiosk.
I am looking forward to meeting them again later this week at OLPS to speak about the water project and the best plan moving forward to increase community involvement and sensitization!