Kenya: USAID finances new safe water programmes

The Kenyan government, US Embassy, and representatives of international donors and private corporations have launched two drinking water projects worth US$86.5 million in a bid to ensure local water sources are safe for consumption for 1.5 million Kenyans. More than 16 million Kenyans still lack access to safe water and 33 million don’t have access to adequate sanitation. It is the first initiative to make use of US$51 million in USAID funding in order to improve access to nutritional information, water, sanitation, and hygiene in Busia, Kakamega, Kisumu, Kitui, Makueni, Migori, Nairobi, Nyamira, and Siaya. The partnership is funded through a joint investment from USAID, the Swiss Development Corporation, and private sector partners including the Coca Cola Africa Foundation.