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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


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


    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.


    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.


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


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


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    Our Outcomes


    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 


    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


    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


    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


    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.

    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


    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.


    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


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

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