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We are excited to bring you another newsletter from Aqua Clara Kenya activities for the months of April to June. This quarter's newsletter includes a feature of ACK's School WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Programme, our activities in sales, training and monitoring & evaluation. The quarter also features our annual staff retreat, which took place at Kabarak University, Nakuru County. 

FEATURE STORY

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene in Schools

Since early 2017, we have been evolving the way we work in schools to enable us to provide WASH products that respond to school needs, but also take account of varying school sizes and budgets. 

 


ACK systematically selects sub-counties it considers to be in need and launches our WASH packages there. A launch involves working with local authorities to invite principals and school managers to a WASH workshop. At this workshop, they learn about the impact of WASH on their school and pupils. They are also introduced to ACKs WASH products and given the opportunity to express an interest in purchasing them. 


School Principals brainstorming during a WASH Workshop.

Once a purchase is made, ACK arranges with the school to deliver the products and install all necessary components, usually within 1-2 weeks. ACK then trains staff and pupils on the use and maintenance of the products.

Once installed, ACK returns at least twice in the following year to check how the school is progressing and deal with any issues they have encountered. ACK also has a dedicated helpline that schools can call if they encounter any issues. 


Staff and pupils of a primary school being trained on how the School Filter (SF) works by ACK Staff, Douglas.

ACK partnered with Transform International to roll out the School WASH Programme at the beginning of 2019 and has so far reached 122 schools, providing safe drinking water and improved hygiene to 12,567 students. 

Schools that have invested in our WASH products  to date have seen: 
  • Less disease among their pupils
  • More attentive pupils
  • Less absenteeism 
  • Greater enrollment
  • Better pupil performance
  • Improved WASH in the homes of their pupils
While our WASH packages offer value and are within the standard budget provided by the local government for WASH in schools, there are some schools who are unable to afford our products. For these schools, ACK would like to provide a subsidy which will allow them to also improve the health and performance of their students. Support from funding partners will be great to ensure no school, and indeed no child is left behind in the quest to provide safe drinking water for all. 
 
Community Filter Installation in Homa Bay County



In June, ACK staff Dominic and Daniel installed a Community Filter for Obanga Mixed Secondary School in Homa Bay County. The Community Filter uses hollow fibre membrane technology and can purify up to 10,000 litres per day with a lifespan of more than 5 years.
One Year Ago | Muko High School Project

In June last year, we implemented a Rainwater Harvesting and Filtration project at Muko High School in Western Uganda. It is great to see that the school with a population of more than 500 students and teachers are still continuing to enjoy safe drinking water. 

         

QUARTER 2 ACHIEVEMENTS

Household Filter Distribution

ACK  partnered with the Dutch NGO Connect International in 2018 to increase distribution of household water filters and to especially ensure low-income households were not being left behind. Through this partnership, we trained 41 sales agents with 6 drawn from CBO 3-Way Care Foundation and 35 from Connect Youth Consortium in Kilgoris, Narok County, enabling us to provide safe drinking water to 1,206 people. 

H2OPE Accelerator Services

Through our partnership with Canadian NGO, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) the  H2OPE (Water Products and Expertise) Accelerator was founded to provide sustainable access to capacity development services in East Africa for organizations and entrepreneurs implementing WASH initiatives. In Quarter 2, we trained 113 people drawn from County Governments, NGOs as well as individual WASH entrepreneurs. This group has the potential to reach at least 16,000 people in the community with WASH Training and Products. 
  • Training sessions covered include
    • Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage
    • WASH Entrepreneurship
    • Community WASH Promotion
    •  Delivery of Effective WASH Training
Monitoring and Evaluation


Research Study by Pennsylvania State University Student
June 2019


Lauren Trepanier, from Pennsylvania State University in the United States, joined Aqua Clara Kenya during the month of June to evaluate community achievements towards Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG) in Narok, Nyamira, and Kisii Counties. This will not only provide fuel for Lauren's PhD in Water Resources, but she is also hopeful it can continue to advance Aqua Clara Kenya's vision to ensure that all of Africa has clean water as well as provide critical feedback for the WASHiriki programme. Lauren was also joined by colleagues Elena Brookes from  ECHO Community and Taylor Hysell from Purdue University. 
 

Carbon Credit Audit Exercise
June 2019



Aqua Clara Kenya had a carbon credits audit done in June by David Lubanga a Carbon Credits Auditor and Sally Gakii a Project Consultant from our partner organization Climate Care. As featured in our previous newsletter,  595 households were monitored and their water filters tested as part of this year's exercise.

 
PARTNERSHIP NEWS

Partnership Development


We are proud to announce our new partnership with Global Distributors Collective (GDC), who are a collective of last-mile distribution companies. Their purpose is to make last-mile distribution the first priority so that life-changing products can be made affordable and available to all. GDC helps members reach unserved customers with life-changing products like solar lights, clean cookstoves, water filters and nutrition products.








 



 

Stew Martin's visit from Transform International
April 2019


Aqua Clara Kenya was privileged to host Stew Martin from Transform International in April. During his visit, we had fruitful discussions leading to the start of our work in Sanitation. ACK is looking at technologies that can be sold alongside our water filters to improve sanitation. Shown above, is the SaTo innovation that can be retrofitted in existing latrines to reduce smell and flies. 

Aqua Clara Kenya Staff Retreat
May 2019



 


Every year, Aqua Clara Kenya staff participate in a week-long annual retreat. The retreat gives staff an opportunity to be away from the office and their daily duties, in order to relax and evaluate ACK work in the previous year and plan for the future. 

This year's retreat was held at Kabarak University in Nakuru County. The different departments at ACK shared their achievements and challenges in 2018. Staff members also gave input on different goals for the new year and what they would like to see improved. The days concluded with the staff participating in various sports and team-building activities. 


 

 

YEP Reunion


ACK staff Jeremiah Ouko and Sijmen Weesie, who are part of the Young Experts Programmes (YEP), a Dutch Government supported initiative, participated in a reunion that brought together 45 YEPers from across East Africa. The event was held at Fisherman's Camp, Naivasha.

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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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