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KWAHO, through the watershed program largely contributed to the development of the Laikipia County 2nd Generation CIDP (a 5 year implementation plan) through ensuring that all people, particularly young, marginalized and vulnerable groups, get a platform to express their views on decisions directly affecting their lives. This fundamental right can only be honored if Government-citizen connections are further strengthened, which has been streamlined through a series of trainings and capacity strengthening sessions at both right holder and duty bearer level on an assertion that participation is not an end in itself but a procedural right, it represents the means through which citizens may take part in and influence processes, decisions and activities.

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.

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