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Public Water Fountains

Aims to install sustainable tap water stations near playgrounds, city centers, parks, schools, and bus stations in Africa to ensure accessible clean drinking tap water. The project also works to bring awareness on the environmental impact of production and waste of single-use plastic water bottles.

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PROJECTS

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DAILY BENIFICIARIES

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COUNTRIES

Madoya is located in the informal settlement of Mathare. It is the second largest informal settlement in Kenya, with an estimated population of 206,564 people. The area is characterized primarily by makeshift housing, insufficient water supply, poor sanitation, and poor solid waste management and disposal. Disposal is usually along the Nairobi river bank, which borders Madoya.

In collaboration with the Join the Pipe Foundation (JTP) and the Down Yard Self-Help Youth Group from the Madoya area, a new project was initiated to improve the sanitation facilities run by the Down Yard Self-Help Group and clean up the dump site on the river bed. ITF’s goal was to provide clean, usable washroom facilities and install a water tap station with the purpose of improving the environment in Madoya, making it more habitable by distributing water bottles to schools and also using the youth group to sell JTP bottles and drinking water. The project is funded by Leiden University in the Netherlands.

The project was implemented between November 10th and January 26th, 2022, when two toilets and two bathrooms were constructed in Madoya, Mathare. The toilets and bathrooms were built on the grounds of and for a local youth group called ‘Down Yard Self-Help Youth Group'. The construction process was managed by ITF technician David Munyu, who employed members of the aforementioned youth group and other local (mostly unskilled) casual workers to assist. Overall, a total of KSH 417,483 was spent on the project. Two toilets and two showers operating with cold water were then finalized, as well as a JTP water tap with clean drinking water.

The Madoya Clean-Up activity took place on January 28, 2022, from 9am to 2pm in collaboration with the Down Yard Self-Help Youth Group. It was a successful event with community participation as well as the participation of a Year 8 class of a local school, Furaha Community High School. Moreover, we collaborated with NMS (Nairobi Metropolitan Services), who provided us with lorries. At the end of the clean-up, local youth gathered in a nearby church, and a representative of each group (including ITF and NMS) introduced themselves. JTP water bottles were then distributed to everyone who had participated in the clean-up, and refreshments. A total of 150 bottles were distributed during the event. ITF’s presence was appreciated, and two youth leaders from local groups asked ITF for collaboration on similar projects.

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Beneficiaries

Madoya

STATUS

Completed

YEAR

2022

COUNTRY

Kenya

LOCATION

Madoya - Nairobi

FUNDING AGENCY

Leiden University

In 2022 the International Transformation Foundation (ITF) installed a tap station at Kencom Centre bus station. The tap aims to serve passersby and passengers that regularly use that particular route. In collaboration with the Nairobi County Government and the Nairobi Water Sewerage and Company, ITF was able to secure the necessary permits and collaborate with the local government entities to construct a tap water station. The tap station was successfully installed in July 2022, however, due to a number of emerging issues related to the water connection, the tap was launched and officially put into use on December 14th, 2022. The tap stands to benefit at least 800-1200 people in a day who are likely to utilize the public drinking water stations on a daily basis.

1000 daily

Beneficiaries

Kencom Bus Stop

STATUS

Completed

YEAR

2022

COUNTRY

Kenya

LOCATION

KenCom- Nairobi

FUNDING AGENCY

ITF Europe

On a daily basis, about 400,000 people pass through Uhuru Park in Nairobi to relax, work, or catch up with friends. A majority of young people use the park as a waiting place: These are young people who spend time in the park after traveling from home (mostly from upcountry) to look for employment in Nairobi. Plastic water bottles, a source of clean drinking water for those who can afford it, litter the area.

After the successful implementation of the first tap station at water point 4 in Uhuru Park, Nairobi, the International Transformation Foundation, in conjunction with the Join The Pipe Foundation and the Nairobi City County Government, decided to set up another tap station in the busy Nairobi park. The team decided on Water Point 1, which is near a very busy footpath to the Upper Hill area and near the busy Freedom Corner. The construction of the new tap station began in April, with the launch date settled on June 5, 2018, which coincided with the World Environment Day.

400 daily

Beneficiaries

Uhuru Park 2

STATUS

Completed

YEAR

2018

COUNTRY

Kenya

LOCATION

Uhuru Park - Nairobi

FUNDING AGENCY

Join the Pipe Foundation

November 15, 2016 marked a great milestone for ITF as we launched the first ever Join the Pipe drinking tap station at Uhuru Park, Nairobi. The launching event was attended by our esteemed partners: the C.E.O., Join the Pipe Netherlands, Mr. Geraldo Vallen, Pollination Project Representative, Ms. Beth Wanjiku and Ms. Anne Lokidor, and Nairobi City County executive members. ITF volunteers and members were also present, led by their Secretary General, Venuste Kubwimana.

Uhuru Park is a centrally located recreation ground within our city center. Just like any other parks, it houses a lot of activities, ranging from business setups that people have put up to manage their day-to-day lives, a shelter for the homeless people in the city centre, a relaxing ground for youth who frequent the park and also a perfect space for those who are enthusiastic about keeping fit and love jogging.

On a regular day, about a third of the Nairobi population accesses the park. They all enjoy the place but have one problem in common: Clean drinking water is very hard for most to get to quench their thirst. Since most of the youth around don’t have jobs, purchasing bottled water is very difficult, leaving them dehydrated throughout the day. For those who can afford to purchase a bottle of water, they end up littering the environment with plastic bottles, causing pollution.

The main motivation for launching the Join the Pipe tap station was not only to give residents access to clean drinking water but also to help clean the environment by getting rid of the plastic water bottles that used to litter the park. To help with this activity, we invited students from Patriana Educational Center, who, together with the other attendees, cleaned the park by collecting all plastic materials. This activity also drew the attention of park users, who joined us in the clean-up and were sensitized on the importance of keeping their environment clean.

Previously, Uhuru Park had water drinking points, but all of them had been vandalized, leaving the necessary authorities shutting down all the pipe networks that fed water into them. After several consultations with the relevant offices within the Nairobi City County Government about reinstating a water drinking point, we were given the green light to do so.

We are pleased to say that installing the tap station has already had a large impact. Many people were seen visiting the place from early morning to late in the evening, serving an average of 400 people in a day, who not only use the tap station for drinking purposes but also to fetch water and for washing purposes.

400 daily

Beneficiaries

Uhuru Park 1

STATUS

Completed

YEAR

2016

COUNTRY

Kenya

LOCATION

Uhuru Park - Nairobi

FUNDING AGENCY

The Pollination Project

N/A

Students, Community, Teachers

Beneficiaries

Simerro Primary School

STATUS

Completed

YEAR

2014

COUNTRY

Kenya

LOCATION

Simerro- Siaya

FUNDING AGENCY

Join the Pipe Foundation

This first installed tap water station at Maximum Impact Center, Kayole, Nairobi, Kenya, was created by collaboration between Rabobank Foundation in the Netherlands in partnership with Join the Pipe and International Transformation Foundation in Kenya.

Students, Community, Teachers

Beneficiaries

Maximum Impact Centre

STATUS

Completed

YEAR

2013

COUNTRY

Kenya

LOCATION

Kayole- Nairobi

FUNDING AGENCY

Rabobank Foundation

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