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swapSafe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) is a Kenya registered Non Governmental Organization (NGO) working in close partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), stakeholders in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) sector and communities to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of health interventions, products and technologies targeting vulnerable and underserved communities in Western Kenya.

SWAP established a water laboratory in 2007 where quality assurance of research samples was done. In order to have a self-sustaining laboratory that no longer requires external support, SWAP received financial assistance from the Procter & Gamble’s Children Safe Drinking Water Program through CDC Foundation. The aim was to strengthen Laboratory infrastructure; procure required laboratory equipment and ensure laboratory maintenance.

The water laboratory has been used for several research studies and innovation of water technology devices including; LifeStraw water devices; a low cost MSR Venturi Automatic Chlorine doser; EP water solar disinfection device; Ceramaji water filters and PATH water filters. Additionally, water analysis for different partners such as CARE Kenya, Water Sanitation for Urban Poor (WSUP), Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI) and International Institutions such as University of Illinois and Stanford University and Local Universities for Students training The Laboratory has a capacity to process and analyze about 60-70 samples per day.

Camel Caravan Ewaso Ngiro Joy Kivata sept 2017On 15th September 2017 more than 200 participants from different counties concluded a 5 day trek along the Ewaso Ng’iro basin. Withstanding the scorching sun in an almost bare ground the teams trekked for 240 kms from Merti county to Archer’s post, Isiolo county in a week, to raise awareness on issues affecting river Ewaso Ngiro. The campaign dubbed the “Camel Caravan Walk 2017”, saw 6 communities’ Journey across the basin, the first team making its way from the upstream area-Nanyuki and the second from the downstream area-Merti. Making various stops along the way to teams promoted and advocated for protection and restoration of Ewaso-Ng’iro River basin ecosystem and promote a peaceful co-existence among the communities in Isiolo, Laikipia and Samburu Counties who depend on this river as their lifeline.

conservtz imageConservtz, is a Water conservation organization working in rural arid and semi arid areas to create awareness using practical approaches, as well as communication tools and media products on the need to conserve water, be it in the form of rain, underground water, water runoff, or piped water. We gain entry into communities through using early learning institutions through which we engage in activities which seek to increase children’s and by extension the community knowledge on the importance of engaging in practices that enhance tree cover and promote water harvesting and conservation for improved lives and livelihood.

Conservtz since it commencement in 2016 has partnered with the Makueni County government, Muangeni Primary school and Muangeni Secondary school, in Kibwezi West Sub County to implement a practical holistic water conservation awareness creation project. The project has engaged in sensitization of the school management, parents as well as staff and the children on the importance of engaging in activities that promote and sustain the growth of trees for an improved environment.

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