Mnazi Mmoja is an informal settlement in Mombasa, located in the Kisauni Constituency. The area encompasses around 10 acres of land and has a population of around 4000. In such informal spaces the inhabitants struggle with many challenges. Access to adequate water is a primary concern.
This project is one of two that TWP is working on with our partner in the field. We have been involved in the design process, and are hopeful that the model of community run water kiosks in urban environments is one that we can develop further in the coming months.
The projects are collaborative, and include the municipal water utilities, local community based organisations and community members in all project planning and delivery. The key aim of this program is to facilitate the installation of community managed water kiosks, providing both clean affordable water to people living in informal settlements as well as a source of income within the community.
These kiosk projects utilise the municipal water supply. The water is carried from the main line and stored in a tank above the kiosk, and feeds two taps at ground level. The Water User Committee (WUC) will manage the facility, serving the community and charging an affordable rate per jerry can. The committee will manage the funds - with support from Pamoja Trust - and pay monthly water bills at commercial rates.
As well as the kiosk and corresponding community management structure, Pamoja Trust, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health are also running hygiene and sanitation promotion workshops, and engaging the community in discussions around public health, hygiene and sanitation.
10/02/2012: Mnazi Moja Kiosk Complete and Functioning!
Pamoja Trust are delighted to be able to send through confirmation that the kiosk is now functioning and in use. This project has been an excellent example of how to gain consensus between multiple stakeholders, and achieve access to water for those living in urban informal settlements.
This project was part of a two kiosk pilot programme with Pamoja Trust, and is the first time TWP has been involved in tackling the growing urban water and sanitation crisis.
Great news coming from Kenya!
05/18/2012: Kiosk One construction complete!
Pamoja Trust have sent through the following report, detailing progress on site:
Capacity Building of the Group to manage the Project
The commissioning of the kiosk is expected to happen by end of the month after the kiosks have been connected to water and the operators trained.
NB: We will update this page with new images as soon as Pamoja Trust send them through.
03/14/2012: Spades in the ground, construction under way at Mnazi Moja!
Posted by Jack Owen, WASH Program Manager:
I'm currently in Kenya visiting partners, and as such have had limited web access for the last few weeks. I've had this update from Pamoja Trust sitting in my inbox for a week or so now, and I'm delighted to finally have the connectivity available to upload it.
As you'll see from the photos the team have sent through, we now have spades in the ground at the first water kiosk. The community at Mnazi Moja were present at the ceremony to mark the start of construction, as well as representatives from Mombasa Water and Sanitation Company (the municipal utility), the Council and Pamoja Trust themselves.
Since this has been sent through, I've also had a meeting with Pamoja Trust in Nairobi. They tell me that the construction phase should be completed before the end of the month. All being well, I'll be in Mombasa for the commissioning event, so I'll make sure to post an update describing what goes on, and I'll have a photo or two to share as well.
Please expect another update from me on this fantastic project around the end of March!
02/08/2012: Community sessions underway, contractor for construction agreed
Pamoja Trust have begun the process of building consensus with the community about the location of the kiosks, and the on going management post implementation. Local government officials are on board, as is the area chief. This is crucial if these projects are to enjoy long term support!
A contractor for the building works has been identified following a complicated tendering process. It has also been agreed that any non skilled labour on site will be undertaken by community members themselves.
Pamoja Trust has also developed an understanding with the Ministry of Public Health, and they have committed to undertaking a hygiene and hand washing campaign in the local area.
We expect the kiosk building works to be completed by the end of February, which is great news! And of course, once spades are in the ground we'll post updates as soon as we have them.
Pamoja Trust and The Water Project are working together to address access to clean water in informal settlements (slums) in Mombasa and Nairobi. The projects are collaborative, and include the municipal water utilities, local community based organizations and community members in all project planning and delivery. The key aim of this program is to facilitate the installation of community managed water kiosks, providing both clean affordable water to people living in informal settlements as well as a source of income within the community.
Pamoja Trust seeks to promote access to land, shelter and basic services for the urban poor in Kenya.
The key aim of this program is to facilitate the installation of community managed water kiosks, providing both clean affordable water to people living in informal settlements as well as a source of income within the community.
A new water point in an urban center
Project Type: Urban Water Kiosk
Location: Mombasa, Kenya