Who We Are
‘Haki Water’ is derived from the Kiswahili word meaning ‘right and fair’ – we believe in ‘right and fair’ access to water and sanitation. We believe ‘there is a better way’ to access water and improve sanitation.
We therefore focus on the most disadvantaged, and vulnerable groups. Our program supports capacity building, as well as effective and participatory approaches for broader participation of stakeholders, including children, nonprofits, the government, and communities in water and sanitation programs.
Haki Water launched its initial operations on the basis of thorough research report in three of Nairobi’s slums namely: Kayole-soweto, Mukuru Kwa Njenga and Kawangware where municipal water projects were underway to assess the overall impacts and sustainability of informal operational water supply models to serve the urban poor. The findings highlighted gaps in the planned institutional, civil society and private sector initiatives to provide essential and sustainable water and sanitation services, and enable Kenya’s transition towards Vision 2030.
Haki Water as a result of the findings developed an innovative approach to address these transition gaps based on the ground demand, working in cooperation with statutory bodies, partner organizations, private sector and local communities. The Haki Water approach identifies water supply, distribution and treatment problems among un-served and under-served communities, and solves them through a combination of engineering/technical and diaspora expertise.
Our Core values are:
- Sustainability: we ensure that the water management systems we put in place are technically and financially sustainable.
- Innovation: we work with engineers and scientists to deliver expert solutions, which are adapted to the needs of the targeted communities.
- Transparent: we believe in exchanging information about our work, as well as being accountable to our partners and communities we serve.
What We Do
Haki Water does this by:
- Solving water management problems through design and delivery of innovative water engineering and treatment solutions that are reliable, valued, useful and cost-effective for the end-users
- Promoting improved health and hygiene education and training, customized to the needs of the end-users
- Provision of technical and financial support and management customized to the needs of the end users, ensuring long-term post-construction sustainability.
- Establishing strategic and programmatic partnerships to continuously strengthen HW implementation and network.
- Measuring the impact of our programmes by focusing on both quality and quantity metrics that target the quality of service delivery in the supply and treatment of water and health implications for targeted communities, operations and maintenance of water management systems, as well as financial management and built-in cost recovery.
Why does Haki Water do it?
Technical and financial post-construction sustainability of water management systems is a major impediment to achieving the MDGs particularly in Kenya. Public and privately owned boreholes lack a sustainable approach, including plans for long-term maintenance. Community level structures for management of water facilities remain weak making more than 30 per cent of community managed water facilities fail.