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    Water is Life Kenya (WILK) is a non-profit organization that has been bringing clean, accessible water to communities in Southern Kenya since 2007. We work mainly in drought-prone areas, populated by rural Maasai people who rely on cattle as their main source of income. Our dream is to help them create solutions to access and manage available water and then use water to escape poverty.

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Water is Life Kenya helps remote villages in Southern Kenya bring water close to home. We train women and men how to benefit from their skills in raising cattle. We have a beaded handicraft division that helps artisans and their families immediately and the profits go back into our water projects. We listen, we ask questions, and we act so that everybody can escape poverty.
Learn more about our dream here.
2019  Report to the Community

Thirst Reverse postcard announcementThirst Reverse VI  is happening on Wednesday, Nov. 13th!

Join us at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant  for lunch or dinner. Present this card  or this coupon to your server and 20% of your food bill will be donated to Water is Life Kenya.  Reservations highly recommended. (302) 266-9000.  Iron Hill is once again crafting our “Kenyan Quench” signature beer.  $1.00 of each pint will be donated to Water is Life Kenya.  Come learn more about our newest well.  Kenyan handicrafts will be available for purchase.
water projects, livestock as a business and beaded handicrafts photos

OUR IMPACT: 21 clean water projects, over 12 years – all operational

Average Distance to Water:

Previously 4 Miles
Now 1 Mile

Number Served:

over 50,000 and tens of thousands of livestock everyday

Hours Saved as a Result of WILK:

13,500 per Day

The nearly $1.5million dollars raised by Water is Life Kenya since 2007 has resulted in 50,000+ lives and tens of thousands of livestock being impacted daily at an average cost of $30 per person. 

women waiting for water Currently, the community of Namelok is drinking water from surface runoff or shallow wells built in homes. Also, the water is easily contaminated by chemicals through their open irrigation process for their crops. In addition, these wells are drying out in the drought times resulting in women and girls walking long distances to find water that is shared with wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, lions and wildebeest. 6,000 individuals make up this community that includes a school (325 children) and they have 15,000 livestock also using the same water points…

>>>>Learn about and donate to our newest clean water project: Namelok<<<


Summer 2019 Newsletter

  • On Tap: Namelok – our current water project
  • Two Generous grants received – Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activites ($40,000 and International Foundation $23,000)
  • US Director, Colleen,  visits Kenya and Co-Founder, Joseph Larasha, visits the US
  • Volunteers visit – you can be next!
  • Breakfast event update
  • WILK beads has a mini-market Point of Sale table top display to showcase Kenyan made beaded bracelets and earrings.

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We Celebrate the Completion of the Kuku Community Deep Well in East Africa

The Kuku well is the most productive of the deep well projects Water is Life Kenya has dug to date. Before the well, women in the community walked many hours every day to dig in a dry river bed to access barely potable water. Poor water often resulted in serious health issues for their families.  In a community with hundreds of women, and each woman needing several cans of water to take care of her family, the water lines were long. The women were often forced to come at night in a group, with warriors to protect them from the elephants, hyenas, and lions that gather around the watering holes to drink. (read more here..)

Breakfast Event, May 2019

Our Breakfast event was successful on many levels.  We had a record number of attendees, many who were learning about Water is Life Kenya for the first time.

We celebrated WILK’s history and growth as we honored Brother Ronald Giannone, Cynthia Miller and Helen Laster for their outstanding contributions.

Bro. Ronald took us under the Ministry of Caring’s wing as we applied for non-profit status in 2008. Cynthia has supported WILK generously and will come to Kenya for a second visit to WILK projects this summer with her daughter.  Helen Laster brought her organizational talents to the beads workshop, developed a project monitoring system and was good company all along the way.

We were blessed by the outpouring of love and generous donations from attendees and even those who couldn’t attend.

Meet our Kenyan Friends

Joseph Larasha

Co-founder, Joseph Larasha and Dorcas, a woman who was personally impacted by our first well project,  were here from Kenya to share with us their stories in 2018. Click here to learn more about their visit and favorite things about America.Click here to hear Joyce’s thoughts on how to she helped their visit stay strong everyday.

TEDx Talks abound for our Water is Life Kenya team:

Joyce at TEDx talk

Joyce Tannian – “Singing Water out of the Ground in Kenya” talk  –  https://waterislifekenya.com/tedxtalk/

Joseph Larasha – “How I learned confidence from a lion” talk – https://youtu.be/jSop9tpxuWM

Dorcas Mutero presenting her TEDx talk at the Ursuline Academy

Dorcas Mutero – “Education at any Age” talk –  https://youtu.be/tldDorq2DDk

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