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Providing clean water for households with young women and children living with disabilities in semiurban areas.

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Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (city or town)?

Kiserian,Kajiado County.

You are submitting as:

  • An organization

If part of an organization or group, what is the name?


What is your organization or group’s website? (If applicable)

How does your proposed solution support emerging middle-class families in urban areas in the Global South to adapt and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Millions of young women and children with disabilities live in segregated and often overcrowded residential settings where they can face neglect, abuse, and inadequate health care. There is a problem of lack of access to clean water in semi-urban areas. With the current issue of the Covid-19 pandemic, water has become a resource of paramount importance as it is needed to alleviate/ prevent the spread of the virus by means of washing hands with clean water & soap. There are some young women and children living with disabilities in semi-urban areas who do not have water connections, those who cannot find means of fetching, the quality is not good for drinking or use for washing hands posing a serious threat of the spread of the virus to the occupants. Our solution is the provision of easily accessible potable water in such areas and homesteads that have young women and children living with disabilities through the supply of treated borehole water. We will do this by providing piped connections, delivery using water browsers, and water kiosks.

What stage of development is your Idea in?

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

What tier are you applying to?

  • Global South Open Prize Tier: Open to submissions focused on any country in the Global South, at any stage of development.

Do you intend to implement your idea in Peru?

  • Not sure

In what countries do you expect to implement your idea initially (in the first 2 years)?


Feasibility: where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve accomplished to date, what barriers to implementation might exist, and what next steps you plan to take.

People with disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in the world. People with disabilities in Kenya have poorer health outcomes, lower education achievements, less economic participation, and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities.COVID-19 has further marginalized persons with disabilities yet they are more vulnerable to the virus because of their physical, sensory, and cognitive limitations. Our organization deals with programs focusing on elevating women and children to reach their full potential through empowerment, protection, resilience, and livelihoods. We are also passionate about young women and children with disabilities and is important for us to fill the gaps brought about by COVID-19. We would therefore like them to be able to access clean water at ease. We will do this by providing piped connections, delivery using water browsers, and water kiosks. Our competitive advantage is that we will have an agreement with municipality and water utility corporations through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to supply the community with clean water. The cost of water provided per each homestead will be lowered and we'll have a subsidized cost for poor households. Our water will also be treated ensuring it's safe for consumption.

Viability: what needs to be true for you to be able to implement your idea? What stakeholders, partnerships and resources might be required to implement this solution?

1.2000 Water pipes 2. 500 Water Tanks, Water browsers, and 500 Water Kiosks 3. Transportation of equipment and personnel to rural areas. 5.The goodwill of the local government. 6. Bore-hole treatment facilities 7. 20 staff members and man-power.

Adaptability: how does your idea adapt to frequent changes within the context you are implementing, due to COVID-19? Consider the rapidly shifting government policies, and healthcare economic realities that might influence end users.

COVID-19 presents particular risks for many people with disabilities in Kenya and in the world. It is for this reason that the Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility have called upon all relevant authorities to adopt measures to appropriately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring inclusion and the effective participation of persons with disabilities. It is for this reason we, ANANI, having observed and experienced the condition we as a nation have found ourselves since the pandemic would like to work and make extra efforts to protect the rights of young women and children with disabilities in responding to the pandemic. This way they will have improved mental health by lowering their stress levels on accessing clean water to frequently wash their hands, a COVID-19 safety requirement and the risk of them contracting the disease will be lowered by 90%.


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