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Aqua Clara Kenya
   Q3 | July - September 2020                                              

Dear Friend, 

Another quarter has come to an end and we are excited to bring you some new updates. Despite the ongoing challenges due to COVID, our team has been busy serving customers and supporting partners in various parts of the country. This quarter has seen us make and distribute soap, train new Community WASH Promoters, support health care facilities improve their safe water and handwashing as well as roll out a pilot to test instalment payment for water filters.   We hope you enjoy our Q3 Newsletter.

Water Filter Distribution and Training in Narok County
in Partnership with Africa Hope

Staff of Aqua Clara Kenya and Africa Hope Distributing water filters to 160 community members in Narok County

Since 2018, we have been partnering with Africa Hope, an NGO operating in Narok County, to train community members through our WASHiriki approach. So far, we have trained and supported 30 Community WASH Promoters who have jointly recruited and trained 290 community members leading to the adoption of household water treatment and safe storage. In 2019, 55 WASHiriki members acquired water filters. In August of this year, despite the pandemic, the two organizations visited to deliver an additional 160 filters to newly graduated WASHiriki club members. We thank Africa Hope for their continued faith in us and look forward to serving many more people together. 


Community members with new water filters in their homesteads
Rent-to-Own Pilot with funding from Aqua for All

A group of Community WASH Promoters being trained on the PaygOps software that will be used to process instalment payments. 
We are happy to report that this last quarter we received funding from Aqua for All, a Dutch non-profit organization that invests in WASH, to pilot the sale of water filters through instalments. We will be running the pilot together with our partner organization, Basic Water Needs. With the majority of our customers living on less than $5 a day, the possibility to pay through several small instalments will enable more people to afford the water filters. We are grateful to Aqua for All for this funding and are already underway with the pilot. 
2020 International Conference for Sustainable Development

Aqua Clara Kenya participated in this year's International Conference for Sustainable Development. The conference is hosted annually to evaluate how different stakeholders are working to ensure the achievement of the SDGs. We were represented by Josephine Orare, our Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager. Josephine supported Lauren Trepanier, a Ph.D. Student at Penn State University, to present on Partnerships for Clean Water and Sanitation Water Quality. The presentation was based on a research which was done in July 2019 covering Narok, Kisii and Nyamira Counties. 
Partnership with ECLOF
Our partnership with ECLOF, an MFI we are collaborating with to sell water filters on credit, is picking momentum. Our staff, led by Benson Nyandusi, Betty Kerubo, and Rose Kiptoo, have so far visited and trained 5 branches with some early good sales results.

Changemaker: Emma Chepkoech

On September 22, 2020, Emma Chepkoech, our Community WASH Promotion Officer (or Mama WASHiriki as she's fondly referred to in the community) was featured as a Changemaker by our partner CAWST for her work in community WASH promotion.
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New Employee: Sarah Wangechi

We are excited to welcome Sarah Wangechi to our growing Aqua Clara Kenya family, after almost 2 years of association with us. Sarah has been working with us since June as an intern, and previously served as a water filter sales agent while studying at Kisii University.  She joins our Finance team as Accounts Assistant and will be based at our Kisii Office. All of us at Aqua Clara Kenya would like to welcome Sarah and wish her all the best in her new role. 
Water Filters for Health Facilities through Waterlines International

In August, we were privileged to supply water filters to 9 health facilities in Bomet County through Waterlines International.  Aqua Clara team led by Douglas Makora delivered the filters and trained staff of the health care centers on how to use and maintain them. 
Are You Interested in supporting schools and health facilities have access to safe drinking water? Please reach out to us!
Training of New CWPs in Bomet County

In September, the H2OPE Accelerator team of Jeremiah Ouko, Emma Chepkoech, and Irene Murere trained 99 Community WASH Promoters (CWP) in Nyamira and Bomet Counties. The CWPs will help us train households on WASH, leading to household water treatment and safe storage as well as improved handwashing practice. 
Soap Making and Distribution to Aid in the Fight Against COVID-19

In our last newsletter, we updated you on our ongoing partnership with Procter and Gamble (P&G) and Transform International to distribute P&G purifiers of water and handwashing soap. In July, our staff were able to make 3,000 litres of soap which we have been distributing through Community WASH Promoters. The exercise is ongoing and we hope to distribute 6,000 litres before the end of the year leading to effective handwashing in the communities we serve. This is especially important at this time as it is one of the ways to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. 

Aqua Clara Kenya and KHCI Filter Distribution in Laikipia VIDEO!
In our Q1 Newsletter, we featured our ongoing collaboration with Kenya Healthcare Initiative (KHCI)  in Laikipia County with the distribution of our water filters in households, health care facilities and schools. We are excited to share a video we made documenting our work together. 

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Aqua Clara Kenya is a Social Enterprise whose mission is to increase access to safe drinking water in Africa by building local capacity, providing effective solutions and implementing sustainable approaches.

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