Kalawa Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


400 households gained access to drinkable water when we equipped a well with a solar power pump and extended a pipeline by five miles to reach more families. To reduce water pollution caused by open defecation, we initiated a total sanitation campaign in communities living upstream of main rivers. As a result, families constructed latrines in homes and villagers began to construct latrines in the community. We educated local leaders on water resource management, and they played a vital role in the construction of a new well and in the community ownership of the project. 2,800 students benefited from new latrines and sanitation facilities we constructed at 10 schools. Two of these schools were on the verge of being closed by the Ministry of Health because of a lack of sanitation facilities. We formed a local advisory committee to advocate on issues related to child rights, as well as care for the elderly and vulnerable members of the community.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Disability|Advocacy|


  • Kenya>Machakos


  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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