Where we work - Kenya (7)

Wasda is part of the Oxfam led consortium implementing the Lanina response phase two in northern.
Wasda is implementing cash for work program In Wajir south and North districts. The program targeted 4000 beneficiaries for both Wajir south and north districts.

The project started in February 2011 with phase one ending in October 2011. The second phase started February 2012 and is due for completion in June 2012. The project currently benefits 4,000 beneficiary households each receiving kshs 12,000 that will be paid in two phases.

Wasda in partnership with WFP and ALDEF K have played a key role in food aid intervention in Wajir south and north districts since 2004, with current caseload of 99,400 beneficiaries for Wajir south and Wajir north following the recommendation of Kenya food security assessment report dated February 2012.

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General food distribution in Basanicha  Location    

The organization undertook series of frequent droughts to save lives and livelihoods. The program has undergone various changes in terms of programmatic approach and target caseload based on the performance of the long rain and short rain seasons.

WASDA in partnership with Save the Children is currently undertaking the emergency education program in Wajir South and Habaswein district. The purpose of the program is to mitigate the impact of drought on education attainment by diversifying education opportunities for both school dropouts and out of school children from the nomadic pastoralist communities.

The program has three specific objectives considered critical during emergencies:

  1. Increased access to formal education for children whose families have been displaced by drought.
  2. To improve the learning environment for schools with upsurge in enrollment due to the drought so as to cope with pressure exerted on over stretched resources.
  3. Explore alternative education programs for out of school children that are flexible and appropriate for their diverse needs.

WASDA in partnership with OXFAM GB with financial support from ECHO considered the occurrence of recurrent drought as an entry point for participatory community managed disaster risk reduction. DRR project is therefore conceived with an intention of minimizing drought hazard/ effects and diversifying livelihood means, through community empowerment.

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A vegetable garden in Sabuli DRR project    

In response to the drought emergency response in Northern Kenya, WASDA has designed and implemented a number of water, sanitation and hygiene projects whose aim is to improve access to water and sanitation facilities for the communities affected by the drought.

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Construction of VIP latrines Airing of radio programmes on hygiene  

Key project activities:-
Water trucking to water insecure communities, fuel subsidy, water points rehabilitation, Construction and renovation of VIP toilets for primary schools, training of community own resource persons and mass hygiene campaigns.

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Men involved in environmental cleanup A pupil demonstrating proper handwashing techniques  

Wasda in partnership with Save the children UK is implementing an EC funded safe motherhood project aimed at reducing maternal, neonatal and under five morbidity and mortality in line with the Government Of Kenya (GOK) health sector performance targets and in so doing contribute to the achievement of MDG 4 and MDG 5 in Kenya.

The project aspires to achieve the following results:-

  • Increased community awareness and involvement in improved maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH) and nutrition services
  • Increased coverage and access to community MNCH and nutrition services
  • Increased capacity and quality of government MNCH and nutrition services


WASDA has undertaken research into the underlying causes of poverty and vulnerability in the ASALs of north east Kenya.  This has found that; levels of poverty are increasing; markets are weak; investment in livestock production is negligible; and income available to poor and middle income groups is far below the cost of a basic diet. In response to these gaps, Wasda is piloting on integrated livelihood model.

Project goal: To enhance alternative livelihoods of pastoral drop out families affected by drought in Wajir County.

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Fatuma holds on to her share of the goats A beneficiary receives her goats  

Key activities

  • Provision of agricultural inputs to 40 farmer groups
  • Construction of a 25,000 m3 water catchment dam to support irrigation for groups.
  • Restocking of pastoral drop out households with 20 goats per family
  • Provision of motivational grants to 10 livestock based commodity groups.
  • Training and capacity building of farmer groups


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