Safe Water & Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI) is a Non-governmental organization registered with the NGO-Coordination Board, Kenya. SAWASHI was founded in November 2015 as a community-based organization (CBO) and later attained the NGO registration in November 2016.

Since inception, the organization has successfully drilled and equipped over 20 boreholes, rehabilitated over 40 boreholes and shallow wells for communities and equipped them with hand-pumps and wells as constructed a water supply for a school abstracting water from a spring. The organization has been supporting operation and maintenance of 180 existing rural water points fitted with hand-pumps in western Kenya in bid to enhance access to a reliable service in rural Kenya.

Borehole drilling, development and equipping

Community Water Need

Imagine a world with no safe water! Water is an essential commodity for all. In Western Kenya, households rely on groundwater resource for domestic water supply. However, this essential commodity is not safe for communities consumption. Most communities fetch their domestic water from unprotected water sources. These water points are associated with many risks such as snakes and leeches attacks.

Broken borehole at Kamashia Primary School

Schools in western Kenya are victims of the water crisis. The majority of them lack water resources relying on learners to secure it; interrupting normal learning and affecting performance in schools. The use of pit latrines and lacking clean water in schools has contributed highly to illnesses among school-going children.

Emakhwale Primary School

Save a child’s life. Helps us bring clean water to schools and communities in remote areas of western Kenya.

Western Kenya Water Crisis

Households in rural Western Kenya rely on the abundant groundwater resource for domestic water supply. Protected wells and shallow wells are the most common sources of communal water points. These water points are prone to contamination. This in return has contributed to the high prevalence of water-borne and water-related ailments. The table below shows the distribution of waterborne and water-related diseases in western Kenya.

Table 1: Distribution of the population in five counties of Western Kenya

CountyPopulation ProjectionPopulation density per sq Km% without access to improved water sources% without access to safe sanitationPrevalence of diarrhoea cases (Children under five years)

Our Projects

The map below shows the distribution of our past projects in the four counties of Western Kenya: Kakamega, Bungoma, Vihiga and Busia.

Distribution of SAWASHI Projects

Where we are located

About Us

Safe Water and Sustainable Hygiene Initiative (SAWASHI) is a nonprofit organization whose main goal is to enhance access to clean, safe and reliable drinking water and promote proper hygiene practices in the communities in Western Kenya. SAWASHI founded in November 2015 as a community-based organization (CBO) and later attained the NGO registration in November 2016. The organization is mandated to work in five counties of Western Kenya:

  • Nandi;
  • Kakamega;
  • Bungoma;
  • Vihiga; and
  • Busia.


To achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water as well as sustainable sanitation and hygiene for all communities within our areas of coverage.

Our Mission

SAWASHI’s’ mission is to enhance access to safe, convenient and reliable drinking water through drilling & equipping of boreholes, rehabilitation of boreholes and shallow wells, spring protections and offering long-term operation and maintenance support through a robust water point functionality monitoring program.

Our Goal

To reduce the prevalence of poor hygiene, sanitation and unsafe drinking water related illnesses and health issues among vulnerable communities in Western Kenya.

Our Core Values

We believe every community has the ability to enhance their quality of life; and it all begins with having access to convenient, safe & reliable drinking water.

It is because of this deep belief that we work to ensure water is within reach of deserving communities to relieve in particular women and girls who often disproportionately suffer to collect water. Safe water is medicine and an antidote to many preventable illnesses especially in children under five. We invest in reliable water points because we believe running water is the first step to meaningful development.

1. We are our brothers & sisters’ keeper

We believe working with all people regardless of their colour, race, age, religion or creed is working for our Creator. We do not engage in activities that deny fellow humans their rights and dignity, instead, we work to advance and preserve the dignity of life by ensuring access to basic water service for all.

2. We inspire responsibility

Throughout our work we empower people to be proactive. We believe, when people are empowered, they actively take action and ownership of their circumstances hence make the right choices to advance their well-being. We work with people in need to change the conditions that deny them access to safe and reliable drinking water.

3. We work with others to achieve more

We realize our work is complex and resources to reach more people remain limited. We believe through coordination and collaboration we are able to continuously improve our capacity, efficiency and effectiveness in our work. We work with like-minded individuals, organizations and institutions towards enhancing access to reliable drinking water for all.

4. We always say the truth

We believe the truth is effortless. By saying the truth, we built trust, eliminate unfairness and create honest avenues for feedback. Truthfulness helps us to learn, innovate and continuously improve our work and the people we serve.

5. We trust the quality of our work

We remain accountable for our actions. We commit and to invest in reliable water solutions for rural communities. We engage intending to create a sustainable enterprise in what we do.


Safe Water Org

Communities in need of Borehole Rehabilitation Kenya Finland Cooperation (KEFINCO) water program had a considerable impact on access to improved sources of drinking water in Western Kenya from 1981 to 1996. However, in the post-implementation period access seems to have decreased due to deterioration in operation and maintenance, changes in technology, climate change and rapid …


Physical Office Address

Our head offices are located at Ambwere Complex Building,

Block A, 2nd Floor, Room No. 6,

Kakamega Town, 037 50100 Kakamega, Kenya