ACF work in Naivasha concluded in September 2013.

ACF worked in Mirera-Karagita, Kamere and Kwa Muhia, peri-urban settlements which lie close to Naivasha Town, on the banks of internationally renowned Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley of Kenya.

The communities are large and fast growing. Mirera-Karagita alone has a current estimated total population of 54,000 people distributed in two major blocks: Karagita, a densely populated slum with a population of 27,000 people; and Mirera, also with 27,000 people. People in 80 percent of the households in the area live on less than US $ 1 dollar each per day.

Some of the highlights of the project to date have been:

  • A delegated management model was implemented which has become recognised throughout Kenya, designed to ensure high-level services at affordable cost through effective partnership between the service provider and local operators. A topic brief on the model can be found here.
  • Support has been given to latrine artisans to register as a Community Based Organisation (CBO) and create linkages with suppliers of construction materials
  • Water supply has been extended into Karagita, Kamere and Kwa Muhia, enabling access for around 30,000 beneficiaries. Kiosks were built into this network, for people to access the water – these have storage to ensure that even when pipes run dry, water will be available to the community.
  • Fluoride is a particular issue in Naivasha, and ACF has brought filtering to each kiosk, as well as monitoring of fluoride content of water and education to the local community about the risks of high fluoride water, to ensure uptake of the treated water.
  • The price of a 20l jerry can of water was reduced by 60% through the programme (40% for fluoride-free water), making it much more affordable.
  • Nearly 400 latrines have been newly built or improved through ACF, resulting in improved access to sanitation for around 10,000 people.
  • Over 60,000 people have been reached with hygiene messages about hand-washing and other key practises, with 90% of children understanding why to wash hands after this intervention compared to 7% pre-intervention.
  • A master-plan for WASH in the Mirera-Karagita area was developed, along with a plan to scale up the business management model highlighted above.

Just over 100,000 residents of Naivasha benefited as a result of ACF.