About the project

The Challenge

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Kenya, there were several informal settlements in Nairobi County which either lacked a steady supply of water or whose residents could not afford water. Medical experts had outlined several measures to fight the coronavirus which included regular handwashing with soap and water.


The residents of Korogocho, Kibera, Mathare and Kawangware were at risk of getting the disease because of lack of water for handwashing.

The Intervention

Safaricom Foundation partnered with Shining Hope for Communities (Shofco), Provide International and Ushirika School to set up several water projects in Nairobi’s slums. In Korogocho, water tanks were set up in nine villages; Grogan A, Grogan B, K.A, K.B, Kisumu Ndogo, Nyayo, Ngomongo, Gatuthiru and Highridge. The water tanks provide water to over 500 households.


In partnership with Shofco, water is being supplied to Kibera, Mathare and Kawangware using water bowsers for 45 days. Residents of these slums will have the water free of charge. In Kibera, residents of Laini Saba will get water from a 10, 000 litre water tank at Ushirika Primary School.


The water projects cost KES 5.7 million.

The Impact

The residents of these slums are able to fetch water which they use for handwashing among other domestic activities. They are at a low risk of being infected and spreading COVID-19 because they keep hygiene.




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