Our final product - The Roadmap - was delivered to WSTF in May as planned. After that, the WatBus team has had a joyful summer in Finland and some time to reflect on the whole process. All in all, one of the learning outcomes of the project has been the importance of communication. Information and … Continue reading The Roadmap is officially ready and the project is finished!
Hello Spring! Helsinki is slowly getting warmer, the snow has melted and the birds are warbling. Hope you are all doing well and enjoy the sun! The final outcome of our project, the roadmap for rural water user association, is now under progress. Additionally, we have compiled the data and recommendations for each visited association … Continue reading How’s the WatBus going?
We have now been organizing and processing our data for a couple of weeks and the outline of our roadmap is starting to get some shape. As mentioned at the end of our field trip, compiling all challenges from different utilities into one guideline is not simple: Every WUA has some similarities but they mostly … Continue reading Different Project, Different Challenges – Findings from the Trip
Two weeks no see! The field trip is now behind us and our team has safely landed back to Finland. After some rest we have recovered our energy levels, started to process our data and plan the final roadmap. After the trip, only the four of us, Kiia, Fang, Sanni and Esra will focus on … Continue reading Back to reality – tons of data but what next?
We have now visited all three utilities and are headed back to Nairobi. There, we will still have two meetings on Friday after which we are finished with the project here in Kenya and can start to think about the final roadmap. The field trip has been very informative and intense. Feelings have been changing … Continue reading Reflection after the field trip
Sipili water project has 360 connections to households within 4 zones and 2 active water kiosks. Although the water network is a bit complicated, three boreholes provide good water service. With Sipili water project, we had the similar timetable as with the other utilities. We got to know to their systems, interviewed the committee and … Continue reading WUA3: Sipili Water Project
Our second utility meeting started off by meeting the WSTF county coordinator Martha. Martha gave a brief introduction on the Sirimon water project after which we headed to the field. The Sirimon water project office had recently been built and funded through the WSTF J6 program. We were warmly welcomed there by the chair and … Continue reading WUA2: Sirimon water project
The first utility visit was finished yesterday. Kamwene Water Project is located in Tharaka Nithi county just in the feet of Mt Kenya forest. They have 2500 members of which around 750 have a household connection for water supply. Aim is to expand their services to all members and that's what we are here for! … Continue reading WUA1: Kamwene water project
This morning we left from Nairobi and headed towards Tharaka Nithi where we will visit the first WUA. On our way, after three hours of driving, we visited two sites of Embu Water and Sanitation Company EWASCO which is an example of a well performing urban water utility. We got to know to their decentralized … Continue reading Day 3: Visiting EWASCO and travel to Tharaka Nithi
On Tuesday, we continued the project preparations for a meeting at the Embassy of Finland in Nairobi. Deputy head of mission and advisors of different sectors shared their expertise and experience on Kenyan operating environment. Finland has a strong focus on accountable governance and the Embassy is working a lot with the devolution to support … Continue reading Day 2: Views from the Embassy of Finland and WSTF