Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction (KALDRR)

    Millennium Water Alliance Programme in Kenya

    Start Date: 01.01.13: End Date: 31.12.14

    Current Beneficiaries: direct 6,255

    The Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement a program on water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Northern Kenya. This program provides a platform for addressing other challenges affecting the communities in the arid and semi-arid lands of Northern Kenya. The community managed disaster risk reduction (CMDRR) approach is a key component in the project. This will enhance the communities? resilience to common disasters of drought and flash floods.

    To address sustainability, the program has integrated learning innovations that include multiple uses of water (MUS), water recharge, retention and reuse (3-R) and life cycle cost approach (LCCA) activities. These learning events are envisioned to serve as prototypes for future WASH programming in community water supply systems. KALDRR-WASH targets the three Counties of Garissa (Lagdera, Balambala and Garissa central) Marsabit (Moyale Sub County) and Wajir (Wajir North Sub County). KALDRR-WASH program is also currently implementing a school WASH project funded by UNICEF. The project purpose is to increase access to safe drinking water, construct gender sensitive sanitation facilities and improve hygiene behavior among 16000 pupils in 17 low cost boarding primary schools in Garissa County.

    Project Design
    To increase resilience to drought and flash floods while simultaneously increasing access to improved water supply and sanitation services, and improving hygiene behaviors, for poor and vulnerable populations in the arid counties of Turkana, Marsabit (including Moyale District), Garissa, Isiolo, and Wajir in Kenya.

    Strategic Objectives
    SO1: Increase water storage capacity in arid lands, through improving natural and artificial storage
    SO2: Improve WASH conditions at health facilities and nutrition centers frequently utilized during emergency response.
    SO3: Improve access to safe drinking water sources, improve access to and usage of point of use water treatment products, promote good hygiene behaviors and use of sanitation facilities as a means of reducing diarrheal disease in areas with recurrent emergency levels of malnutrition and around areas of improved water storage.


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