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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

5 days ago

Ekenywa

Ian Kibet, Ekenywa Community Water Technician, is out on the road again ensuring that the Nakuru County police officers continue to be well protected. The police have requested more hand sanitizers since they were running low for their mobile forces. Thanks again to the ongoing support and contribution of sanitizers from our partner, KPC (Kenya Pipeline Corporation). ... See MoreSee Less

Ian Kibet, Ekenywa Community Water Technician, is out on the road again ensuring that the Nakuru County police officers continue to be well protected. The police have requested more hand sanitizers since they were running low for their mobile forces. Thanks again to the ongoing support and contribution of sanitizers from our partner, KPC (Kenya Pipeline Corporation).

4 weeks ago

Ekenywa

Thanks to the incredible support from our many 5K participants from around the world and our numerous donors and supporters, the Ekenywa Virtual 5K Walk for Water was great success this past weekend. Because of your support, we raised more than $6,900 which will provide 138 people in Kenya with a lifetime of water!

Congratulations to our top three finishers for the 5K: Frank White who came in first place, our very own Director of Operations, Ashley Gasperi, who came in second, and Tish Calla who came in third! We also want to congratulate everyone who participated in the event and who represented different countries around the world including Kenya, the United States, and Great Britain.

Though the global health crisis has presented many challenges to our daily routines, finding ways to stay active and giving to those in need is not one of them. The success of our event demonstrates that as a global community we can truly make a difference. Thanks again to everyone who supported this event, helping us to provide clean and reliable water for women, children and individuals in Kenya! #5kwalkforwater
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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Ekenywa

Back at it again! Thanks to KPC (Kenya Pipeline Corporation), our distribution of sanitizers throughout Nakuru County has been able to continue to groups who need it most including matatus (public transport vehicles), kinyozis (barber shops), and bodas (motorcycle taxis). ... See MoreSee Less

 

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1 month ago

Ekenywa

The Ekenywa Virtual 5K Walk for Water is taking place this weekend starting on Friday, August 28th and running through Sunday, August 30th. REGISTER TODAY and join the Ekenywa family this weekend to help raise essential funds for providing children and families in Kenya with clean water. Registration for the event is $30, and if you are unable to participate, you can help out our cause by making a donation. #5kwalkforwater

To register for the event or to make a donation, please visit our event page: www.ekenywa.org/virtual-5k-walk-for-water/
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The Ekenywa Virtual 5K Walk for Water is taking place this weekend starting on Friday, August 28th and running through Sunday, August 30th. REGISTER TODAY and join the Ekenywa family this weekend to help raise essential funds for providing children and families in Kenya with clean water. Registration for the event is $30, and if you are unable to participate, you can help out our cause by making a donation. #5kwalkforwater

To register for the event or to make a donation, please visit our event page: https://www.ekenywa.org/virtual-5k-walk-for-water/
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