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Who We Are

Ekenywa is an organization that is committed to the universal access of safe, clean and affordable water for the communities we serve.

Our Values

Community

We believe in working in harmony with the communities we serve to promote ownership in the projects we engage in.

Partnerships

We believe in value-based partnerships and understand we can achieve better results for the communities we serve by collaborating with reputable water focused organizations.

Accountability

We make clear promises, deliver on them and keep delivering on them while also upholding the highest standards of integrity for both our communities and partners.

Education

We are committed to inspire the next generation of Kenyan leaders through the transfer or knowledge and the creation of opportunities.

Transparency

We make results and practices visible through metrics and monitoring to all of our stakeholders.

EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO SAFE, CLEAN AND RELIABLE WATER

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Our Outcomes

WATER ACCESSIBILITY

371,000 Gallons (1.4 million liters) of clean and safe water pumped from Ekenywa boreholes

15,000 People provided with sustainable access to clean water daily

13,140 Kilowatts of solar energy harvested for pumping water 

Education 

90% Reduction in school absences at primary schools due to WASH Program

80% Higher exam scores at primary schools due to WASH Program

1,400 Students provided with school supplies

HYGIENE & SANITATION

1.5 Million Handwashes annually at community and school handwashing stations

222,000 Gallons (840,000 liters) of wastewater treated for irrigation use

500 Community members trained on safe water practices and hygiene

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

90,000 Hours reclaimed where residents no longer waste up to 6 hours a day walking to collect water

45,000 Gallons of free water supplied to primary schools

9,000 Vegetables planted on the school farm

BECOME A PROMISE PARTNER

At Ekenywa, water is at the heart of what we do. We believe every child should have access to clean drinking water, and we firmly support sustainable, affordable and stable water solutions. Become an Ekenywa Promise Partner and help us to leave no child behind. When you sign up with your monthly gift, you help to deliver the promise of valuable resources to our children, their schools, and their communities in Kenya. Whether you give $5 or $500, your monthly gift will make a world of difference. To make your monthly promise, and to find out the impact your gift will have, please click on the button below.
BECOME A PROMISE PARTNER

Our Approach

Ekenywa is committed to the universal access of safe, clean and affordable water supply across the African Continent. Our organizational scope extends into the development and implementation of WASH activities that includes:
  • Infrastructure Development

  • Project Management

  • Water filtration

  • Tech-enabled payment structures

  • Hygiene and Sanitation

Ekenywa is currently operating community scale decentralized water treatment and selling points that operate in parallel with the Host Government’s water infrastructure from point of extraction, filtration and through to the point of distribution. Innovative solutions are deployed in the kiosks (point of use) to provide purified water via tech enabled payment software relying on mobile money.

Our Services

Ekenywa provides the following services in the water sector

Community Engagement and Sensitization

Project Management

Hygiene Education and Training

Feasibility Studies

Infrastructure Development

Water Distribution

Water Treatment

Our Impact

Key Pillars: Our success is predicated on our ability to establish a sense of ownership with those individuals who are ultimately the beneficiaries of the numerous projects we have completed to date:

Point-of-use Safe Water Kiosks

WASH program in schools

Climate Smart Agriculture

Our Projects

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Our Story

The Ekenywa story begins with two childhood friends, Ashley and Elsie: Nestled deep in the mountains of the Kenyan Rift Valley lies a Christian boarding school where deep friendships are forged and classmates become family. High school can be a time of discovering who you are and while there are many moving parts to becoming a successful graduate the one constant that remained was a friendship of two girls that grew to be sisters.
As part of Ashley and Elsie’s story, the drive and compassion to help others was a core value they shared. Although they stayed up late chatting about all the usual high school drama, they could be found volunteering at the local mission hospital on Sunday where they were able to provide care and compassion to burn victims that often had no money, resources, or family with them at the hospital. It was one particularly cold and rainy night in the rift valley when Ashley and Elsie were in their room (supposed to be sleeping) and they talked of all the children they saw without shoes, tattered uniforms, and the lack of opportunity to ever get out of poverty. They vowed one day they would do something to change that. 14 years later, two successful careers in energy and healthcare, they have returned to Kenya and co-founded Ekenywa. Their way of being part of a collective impact movement to break the cycle of poverty through innovative programs that address the multi-faceted needs of poverty in rural primary schools.

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Meet the Team

Ekenywa is part of a generation that believes in creating a sustainable world where everyone has access to opportunity and basic human needs. Ekenywa is part of a social impact movement to break the cycle of poverty in Kenya one primary school at a time.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Chris Gasperi
Chief Executive Officer
Elsie Mbugua
President of the Board,
Co-founder & Finance
Ashley Gasperi
Secretary of the Board,
Co-founder & Programs Director
Ian Kibet
Community Water Technician
Wilson Kinyanjui
Site Supervisor Construction Works
Hillary Wafula
Creative Arts Teacher & Painter

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Elsie Mbugua
Board President & Treasurer
Co-founder Ekenywa
Elcy Investments
Ashley Gasperi
Board Secretary
Co-founder Ekenywa
Luke Bollerman
Board Member
VP of Bollerman
Companies
Tracey Chebra
Board Member
Voice Department Head
Rider University
Jeanne Downs
Board Member
Retired Finance/Admin
Non-profit
Greg Wozniak
Board Member
C-Suite Executive, Healthcare
Excellis Health Solutions
Chris Gasperi
CEO Ekenywa
Founder
Fresh Crop LTD

ADVISORY Board

Osbourne Macharia
Digital Artist
K63 Studio
Edward Wahome
Retired Financial Advisor
Rotarian, Service Projects
James Wanjohi
Strategy Consultant
Partner Alpha Strategy Consultants

In the News

1 day ago

Ekenywa

The Ripple Effect, A Year in Review:

Improving Lives for the Most Vulnerable: Last year, we provided support to two orphanages, Miti Mingi Village and Hope for Life. At Miti Mingi Village, we addressed a waste management issue, treating 14,800 Gallons (56,000L) of black water from 15 households at the orphanage daily. The project consisted of black water treatment, in-line chlorination, sand filtration and carbon filtration with a holding reservoir of 1.5 million liters that is connected to farm irrigation. At Hope for Life, our expert services converted the orphanage’s current water pump system to solar power. This allows the facility to generate 30 kilowatts of energy per day, giving them the ability to pump 8,500 Gallons (32,000L) of water daily for their needs as well as supplying the surrounding community.

Please visit our website to see our Annual Report and other stories like this which outline many of our key accomplishments, outcomes and impact from last year: www.ekenywa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Ekenya-2020_Sep14.pdf
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The Ripple Effect, A Year in Review: 

Improving Lives for the Most Vulnerable: Last year, we provided support to two orphanages, Miti Mingi Village and Hope for Life. At Miti Mingi Village, we addressed a waste management issue, treating 14,800 Gallons (56,000L) of black water from 15 households at the orphanage daily. The project consisted of black water treatment, in-line chlorination, sand filtration and carbon filtration with a holding reservoir of 1.5 million liters that is connected to farm irrigation. At Hope for Life, our expert services converted the orphanage’s current water pump system to solar power. This allows the facility to generate 30 kilowatts of energy per day, giving them the ability to pump 8,500 Gallons (32,000L) of water daily for their needs as well as supplying the surrounding community.

Please visit our website to see our Annual Report and other stories like this which outline many of our key accomplishments, outcomes and impact from last year: https://www.ekenywa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Ekenya-2020_Sep14.pdf

2 days ago

Ekenywa

The Ripple Effect, A Year in Review:

Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic: During the unprecedented pandemic with Covid-19, our Ekenywa team (as a WASH organization) has been at the forefront of both National and Local committees in Kenya that bring together partners from public, private and nonprofit sectors. The response has been influenced by a robust analysis of the key issues with a view of finding immediate and long term solutions to flatten the curve. We have made a tremendous impact on our local Nakuru County communities with the distribution and provision of disinfectants, delivering more than 350 gallons (1,300 liters) of sanitizers and 260 gallons (1,000 liters) of soap.

Please visit our website to see our Annual Report and other stories like this outline many of our key accomplishments, outcomes and and impact from last year www.ekenywa.org/.../2020/09/Ekenya-2020_Sep14.pdf
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The Ripple Effect, A Year in Review:

Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic: During the unprecedented pandemic with Covid-19, our Ekenywa team (as a WASH organization) has been at the forefront of both National and Local committees in Kenya that bring together partners from public, private and nonprofit sectors. The response has been influenced by a robust analysis of the key issues with a view of finding immediate and long term solutions to flatten the curve. We have made a tremendous impact on our local Nakuru County communities with the distribution and provision of disinfectants, delivering more than 350 gallons (1,300 liters) of sanitizers and 260 gallons (1,000 liters) of soap. 

Please visit our website to see our Annual Report and other stories like this outline many of our key accomplishments, outcomes and and impact from last year https://www.ekenywa.org/.../2020/09/Ekenya-2020_Sep14.pdf

5 days ago

Ekenywa

The Ripple Effect, A Year in Review:

Volunteer Spotlight: In support of our tree planting project of 350 indigenous trees on the campus' of Piave and Kaiyaba Primary Schools, we were honored to have the volunteer services of Mary Kiige, a Rotaractor with Rotary International. She connected with Ekenywa through the Rotary Club of Nakuru’s Adopt a River Initiative. With a lifelong passion toward the outdoors, Mary focuses on projects that create awareness and the importance of a healthy environment. Mary says, “the tree planting project has made a great impact on the Nakuru community. I hope Ekenywa continues doing more of the great work that they do.”

Please visit our website to see our Annual Report and other stories like this outlining many of our key accomplishments, outcomes and impact from last year: www.ekenywa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Ekenya-2020_Sep14.pdf
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The Ripple Effect, A Year in Review:

Volunteer Spotlight:  In support of our tree planting project of 350 indigenous trees on the campus of Piave and Kaiyaba Primary Schools, we were honored to have the volunteer services of Mary Kiige, a Rotaractor with Rotary International. She connected with Ekenywa through the Rotary Club of Nakuru’s Adopt a River Initiative. With a lifelong passion toward the outdoors, Mary focuses on projects that create awareness and the importance of a healthy environment. Mary says, “the tree planting project has made a great impact on the Nakuru community. I hope Ekenywa continues doing more of the great work that they do.”

Please visit our website to see our Annual Report and other stories like this outlining many of our key accomplishments, outcomes and impact from last year:  https://www.ekenywa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Ekenya-2020_Sep14.pdf

7 days ago

Ekenywa

The Ripple Effect, A Year in Review:

Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic: During the unprecedented pandemic with Covid-19, our Ekenywa team (as a WASH organization) has been at the forefront of both National and Local committees in Kenya that bring together partners from public, private and nonprofit sectors. The response has been influenced by a robust analysis of the key issues with a view of finding immediate and long term solutions to flatten the curve. We have made a tremendous impact on our local Nakuru County communities with the distribution and installation of 95 hand washing stations, delivering more than 26,000 gallons (100,000 liters) of clean water, which has provided more than 1.5 million hand washes.

Please visit our website to see our Annual Report and other stories like this outline many of our key accomplishments, outcomes and and impact from last year www.ekenywa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Ekenya-2020_Sep14.pdf
... See MoreSee Less

The Ripple Effect, A Year in Review:

Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic: During the unprecedented pandemic with Covid-19, our Ekenywa team (as a WASH organization) has been at the forefront of both National and Local committees in Kenya that bring together partners from public, private and nonprofit sectors. The response has been influenced by a robust analysis of the key issues with a view of finding immediate and long term solutions to flatten the curve. We have made a tremendous impact on our local Nakuru County communities with the distribution and installation of 95 hand washing stations, delivering more than 26,000 gallons (100,000 liters) of clean water, which has provided more than 1.5 million hand washes. 

Please visit our website to see our Annual Report and other stories like this outline many of our key accomplishments, outcomes and and impact from last year https://www.ekenywa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Ekenya-2020_Sep14.pdfImage attachmentImage attachment

1 week ago

Ekenywa

Schools in our Kenyan communities have recently reopened on short notice for exam candidate classes and were in need of supplies to help keep the students and teachers safe. Last week, Ekenywa donated the much needed sanitizers in addition to the regular water supply to Kaiyaba Primary and Piave Primary Schools. This week, we will be donating liquid soaps to the schools as well. We have also received a request for masks for some students who do not have them. ... See MoreSee Less

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