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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

3 days ago

Ekenywa

Join the Ekenywa family for the Virtual 5K Walk/Run for Water on Friday-Sunday, August 28-30. People all around the world are participating. Invite your friends, family, co-workers, Facebook/Instagram friends, and anyone who wants to have fun and help provide clean and reliable water to women, children and individuals in need. Registration opens tomorrow, August 1, 2020.

Stay tuned for more information. #5kwalkforwater
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Join the Ekenywa family for the Virtual 5K Walk/Run for Water on Friday-Sunday, August 28-30. People all around the world are participating. Invite your friends, family, co-workers, Facebook/Instagram friends, and anyone who wants to have fun and help provide clean and reliable water to women, children and individuals in need. Registration opens tomorrow, August 1, 2020.

Stay tuned for more information. #5kwalkforwater

2 weeks ago

Ekenywa

We were honored to recently team up with Rotary Club of Nakuru, Gilani's Supermarket, and a few other organizations to provide 319 families in Nakuru County with a month's worth of food to help offset the effects of Covid-19. See the recent writeup in the Rotary Club's In Your Community section. ... See MoreSee Less

We were honored to recently team up with Rotary Club of Nakuru, Gilanis Supermarket, and a few other organizations to provide 319 families in Nakuru County with a months worth of food to help offset the effects of Covid-19. See the recent writeup in the Rotary Clubs In Your Community section.

4 weeks ago

Ekenywa

Another 319 needy families have a month's worth of food to combat the economic effects of Covid-19. We were honored to team up with 🙏 #menlochurch & #rotaryclubofnakuru
We also found one of our handwashing stations that we are monitoring in use 💦👏
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1 month ago

Ekenywa

A huge THANKS to Menlo Church, who donated $5,000, and all of our individual donors who have made a contribution toward the purchase of a water bowser truck. Because of your support, we have raised more than $7,500, which is more than 75% of our goal of $10,000.

We are so close to reaching our goal by the end of June and still need YOUR help to get there! A gift in any amount will get us closer to purchasing the water bowser which will help transport water to our communities throughout Nakuru County.

Make a donation today and help us reach our goal of $10,000. Your gift will help us in the fight against the spread of covid-19, and ultimately save lives. To make a gift on our Facebook fundraiser: www.facebook.com/donate/303458907357373/
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A huge THANKS to Menlo Church, who donated $5,000, and all of our individual donors who have made a contribution toward the purchase of a water bowser truck. Because of your support, we have raised more than $7,500, which is more than 75% of our goal of $10,000. 

We are so close to reaching our goal by the end of June and still need YOUR help to get there! A gift in any amount will get us closer to purchasing the water bowser which will help transport water to our communities throughout Nakuru County.

Make a donation today and help us reach our goal of $10,000. Your gift will help us in the fight against the spread of covid-19, and ultimately save lives. To make a gift on our Facebook fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/303458907357373/

1 month ago

Ekenywa

The new Ekenywa website is live! Check out our brand new look at www.ekenywa.org, and see all of the important work being done by our Ekenywa team and the communities we serve. ... See MoreSee Less

The new Ekenywa website is live! Check out our brand new look at www.ekenywa.org, and see all of the important work being done by our Ekenywa team and the communities we serve.
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