WASDA was established as a non-governmental organization under Kenyan Law in 1995. its work is to supplement the efforts of government and other stakeholders to address some of the developmental challenges facing the Horn of Africa.In its 20 years working with Pastoralist, WASDA has reached 1.5 million people in Northern Kenya and Southern Somalia with improved sources of livelihood, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene.
WASDA’s vision is to have empowered communities in the Horn of Africa that are resilient, innovative and peaceful.
WASDA’s mission is to mobilize and engage communities and other stakeholders in creating strategic partnerships for sustainable management of the environment, water resources, livelihoods, education and public health services in the Horn of Africa.
- Commitment to community service and social responsibility
- Responsive to community needs
- Neutrality, impartiality (Non alignment)and Independence
- Cooperation, coordination and working in partnership to avoid duplication
- Quality services
- Accountability to stakeholders
In our 2011-2015 Strategic Plan we have prioritized livelihoods, water resources development and management, education and public health services for the communities in the Horn of Africa which is the region covered by the current states of Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia.
The HoA is one of the most important and strategic areas of Africa and the global economy. It is a bridge between Africa and the Middle East, as well as a gateway to the Persian Gulf.
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WASDA was established as an NGO in 1995 by a group of professionals and entrepreneurs from Wajir South to supplement the efforts of government and other stakeholders in addressing development challenges in the region. The main focus then was education. However, over time WASDA has grown in its services and scope and in addition to education, is currently addressing a number of issues related to animal health, human health, water resources and peace not only in Wajir District but also in most parts of Northern Kenya and neighboring Somalia.
The 2011-2015 Strategic Plan builds on WASDA’s achievements over the past 15 years of work in addressing the needs of pastoralist communities. The development of the Strategic Plan was informed by a thorough assessment and analysis of our history and growth over time, the changing operating environment and the evolving needs of our communities. In this Strategic Plan we have prioritized livelihoods, water resources development and management, education and public health services for the communities in the HoA. The process involved a participatory engagement of various stakeholders in a series of analyses and discussions.