Mumbuni-Katalwa Water Supply Project
Katalwa and Mumbuni are both semi-arid areas in Mwingi, in Eastern Province. They both receive very little rainfall in rather unpredictable patterns. Katalwa centre has a population of 7,500 people while Mumbuni's population is estimated at 9,000. the Katalwa community used to walk 15 kilometres to draw water from the river or natively, use raw water collected from ground catchments (pans). The Mumbuni community used raw water fetched directly from the Tyaa River. The source of the water for the Mumbuni- Katalwa project was a borehole drilled in the year 2002. Although drilled and equipped with a submersible pump and a generating set, no pipe work or point of off take was set up hence the project had limited benefits to the community. It is with this in mind that
The Safaricom Foundation in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross and ActionAid Kenya has been running community based water projects dubbed "Maji na Uhai". These projects provide clean and safe water for domestic use, livestock and agriculture; with a view to improving food production and food security in arid and semi arid areas. The Mumbuni-Katalwa water project was funded by the Safaricom Foundation and implemented by the Kenya Red Cross Society. The Kenya Red Cross Society partnered with Safaricom Foundation to complete the project and improve on accessibility of safe water to the broader community of Katalwa and Mumbuni.
The project benefitted an estimated 8,500 residents directly, including communities in seven primary schools, three secondary schools and three health centre.