Kenya Ceramic Project (CeraMaji Water Filters)
The Kenya Ceramic Project (KCP) is a student-led international health initiative aimed at bringing access to clean, safe drinking water to areas of rural Kenya through the production of ceramic water filters. The filters produced by KCP are 99.9% effective at eliminating bacteria and other pathogens from local stream water, and are capable of producing clean water for a family of five for up to three years.
The vision of KCP is to achieve a self-sustaining system where filters are made widely available to all Kenyans at affordable prices with all revenue going toward sustaining production and further expansion. This way, we invest in the local infrastructure and economy by creating jobs and relying solely on local materials for production, as well as local leadership for direction. Over the past year, KCP has made significant advances toward these goals, which have brought us closer to the model of sustainability we have envisioned.
We have seen KCP grow from a relatively obscure project to a well-known and reputable name that stands for quality, integrity, and consistency. We have recently solidified a partnership with the Moi University Faculty of Medicine in Eldoret, which has agreed to host our impact assessment and epidemiology research. We have also begun a working relationship with the UNICEF Kenya Country Office, which has expressed interest in purchasing our products for disaster relief in Northern and Western Kenya. Nationally, we have begun professional relationships with key players in water sanitation including SWAP (Safe Water and Aids Project) and PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), both of which have purchased mass quantities of filters from KCP for distribution both within and outside of Kenya.
On the production and innovation front, the KCP has grown from a manually-run, inefficient operation to a smooth, well-oiled machine. We have recently transitioned to an entirely machine-based production process, with two hydraulic filter presses and formal training for all technicians on factory machinery. This has increased the rate of filter production by more than 50%, and improved efficiency so that we can focus on other areas of production including microbiological testing and quality assurance. This past year, KCP gained certification from the Kenya Bureau of Standards after our products were tested in a government laboratory and deemed to meet the national standard for a public health product. This news is very exciting for the KCP, as it means that the filters can now be marketed nation-wide.
Finally, the ultimate goal of KCP is to successfully get the filters into the hands of the people who need them most, and this is where we have experienced our greatest success this year. Over the past several months, we have successfully landed our products in all of the largest supermarkets in the region, including Suam, Transmatt, and Khetias Gigamart, which are stocking the filters not only locally in Kitale, but in other locations across Kenya. Through this, the vision of a locally sustained project that invests in local industry and economy is also taking shape. On a smaller scale, we have experienced success selling the filters at local open air markets and independently owned shops throughout Kitale and other nearby cities.
Today, our water filters are providing a simple, cheap, efficient pot that can eliminate disease simply by pouring water through it; a product that is being used by thousands of people as we speak. In fact, with the projected impact of 5 persons per filter used, our simple technology is currently affecting the lives of 25, 000 Kenyans, 4, 800 Ugandans and 16, 000 Somalis as you read this page. The vision of KCP is no longer a vision: it is a reality. Our filter is no longer an idea: it is a real solution that is saving lives today. With the support of people like you, we can continue the momentum that we have started, and persist on the path toward not only sustainability, but a healthier future.
Mobile Medical Clinics
Many Kenyans die every year of easily curable diseases because they don’t have health services within their reach. Mobile clinics provide a means for treating these people regardless of how far they may live from a health center.
Our mobile medical clinics provide quality health care to the uninsured, low income workers, and herders who travel from one village to another in search of water and pasture for their livestock in northern Kenya. Our primary goals include:
* The provision of free or low-cost medical care in a respectful, competent, culturally sensitive and compassionate manner
* Improved general health through both preventative and curative measures, especially for children
* Improved maternal health
* Patient education toward self-directed health management
* A decrease in the need for emergency medical care
We serve approximately 7,000 people annually with the help of our dedicated staff and volunteers. Many of our patients suffer from multiple ailments includidng HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, typhoid, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, hepatitis, parasites, asthma, allergies, orthopedic disabilities or cancer. Some of these patients have never seen a doctor. All struggle with the reality of a community whose need for quality health care exceeds its capacity to deliver. CGA is working hard to combat this healthcare shortage and, with the generous help of its supporters, it has made great progress in doing so.
_ CGA is increasingly emphasizing sanitation and advocating for an increased focus on sanitation by families and institutions. The focus of CGA's intervention is to help develop improved program models and to provide support to communities for implement successful models on a large scale. This approach involves significant work at the field level while engaging all stakeholders at the community level. CGA is also active in the development of improved sanitation technology. We develop and promote latrines and toilets that are affordable but that also satisfy criteria for safety, effectiveness, sustainability, environmental impact and child-friendliness. These approaches have been especially successful in West Pokot, Turkana and other counties in the lake region.