Public, Society Benefit

WATER IS LIFE KENYA INC

The $1,626,732 raised by Water is Life Kenya since 2007 has resulted in 50,000+ lives and tens of thousands of livestock being impacted daily at an average cost of $30 per person.

Newark, DE

Mission

Water is Life Kenya helps remote villages in Southern Kenya bring water close to home. We train women and men how to benefit from their skills in raising cattle. We have a beaded handicraft division that helps artisans and their families immediately and the profits go back into our water projects. We listen, we ask questions, and we act so that everybody can escape poverty.

Ruling Year

2009

Executive Director and Founder

Joyce Tannian

Main Address

314 E. Main St. Kelway Plaza, Suite 2

Newark, DE 19711 USA

Keywords

Water, Kenya, Livestock, Microloans, Community Participation

EIN

26-3185829

 Number

5310798465

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Utilities (W80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Water is Life Kenya started in 2007 with the sole intention of focusing on assisting communities in southern Kenya to have easy access to clean water. Over the past decade that objective has expanded. The consistent constant interaction Water is Life Kenya has had with the communities we have served, has birthed two new programs to help these families to live a life they have never thought possible. Now, in addition to our clean water projects we have a Livestock as a Business program and an income generator through our beaded handicraft division and are a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Livestock as a Business

Clean Water Project

Beaded Handicrafts

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The goal of Water is Life Kenya is to reduce systems of poverty in communities in and around Amboseli National Park. For this to be possible, water must be available and accessible to every family. Once water is available, men and women must have the confidence and skills to pursue a variety of livelihood options to improve their well-being.

Water is Life Kenya uses two main strategies to reduce poverty in and around Amboseli National Park. First, we work with communities to initiate water projects that will sustainably provide for domestic and livestock usage. Secondly, we invest in groups of men and women by accelerating their business skills and providing capital to initiate cattle cooperatives. Earning income regularly means living a bit easier and having money to send home to areas where ladies carry water from shallow wells scratched out of the seasonal river beds. Our prospering handicrafts business allows us to employ hardworking people including Mary and Rahel, who hope for a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Water is Life Kenya is particularly skilled at initiating water projects in the Amboseli area. Our knowledge of the terrain and hydro-geological formations improve the likelihood of success for the water projects. Our relationships with the community ensure projects will be maintained for years to come. It is our small implementation area and longevity that allow us to effectively pursue our goals.

Our main indicator is to see an increase the number of people who can access water within one mile compared to the previous challenge of women walking 2-4 hours one way daily to contaminated water sources for their family. We have several indicators for success of our Livestock as a Business Program. Profit from the sales of the cattle they purchase with their micro-loans is one, taking the knowledge they learned and seeing them apply it to their other cattle is another way. For example, they were trained on harvesting grass and storing it in sheds for the dry season. This past rainy season, several different women and men are starting to implement this way of running their business.

As of 2018, Water is Life Kenya has completed 18 projects in 15 villages, impacting over 50,000 people and their animals. The average time traveled to water has decreased from 4 miles to less than 1 mile. Our Livestock as a Business program has touched over 300 households and improved the income and business skills of each group member.

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Financials

WATER IS LIFE KENYA INC

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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