Network for Water and Sanitation is anon-profit organization unlocking human potential by providing reliable water projects to communities in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation.

We work with stakeholders (communities and government agencies) to address water risk and advance sustainable water management by:

  1. Raising awareness of water projects around the world and the organizations administering them
  2. Allowing organizations to propose new projects and garner interest among potential partners
  3. Facilitating water partners and collective action

NEWAS visually places organizations’ water stewardship projects as well as organization locations on a global map. Users can filter the hundreds of projects on the by several different variables, including: country, region, type of project, SDG targets addressed, project status, and the types of organizations involved. From there, users can simply learn about the project or contact the project team to get involved.

Our Mission

We are committed to bringing people together to solve the problem of finding clean water. Whether it’s our local teams in the field, the folks back at our headquarters, our donors and fundraisers or the communities we serve, we believe water doesn’t change everything. People do. These relationships are the heart and soul of our work.

Our Vision

Yes, clean water is foundational and it’s at the foundation of what we do at NEWAS. But how we do it is what’s important. We invest in local teams who provide clean water and unlock potential in the villages where people live. Real, local people changing the expectations of their own neighbors on what a water point should do (provide reliable water).

Goals and Objectives

  • To promote natural conservation, environmental stewardship and governance through research and capacity building on environmental governance and natural resources co-management.
  • To build the community resilience and adaptation capabilities to the impacts of climate change and climate extremes through community-based disaster and risk reduction and management.
  • To enhance active citizenship and public participation through advocacy for human rights and good governance.
  • To champion knowledge and skills management and dissemination for sustainable development through the use of appropriate technologies.
  • To make information available and accessible to groups and individuals on appropriate technologies for sustainable development.

NEWAS Programs

NWAS programs span the entire Western Kenya counties and the neighborhoods. The total area of the county is approximately 2,530 square kilometers, divided into 6 administrative districts namely; Ugenya, Ugunja, Gem, Siaya, Rarieda, and Bondo.
Our entry points are community groups, local partners and government structures across the county.
Our interventions include applied research, conservation education, socio-economic empowerment through micro-finance and capacity building. Our organization enjoys both local and international as well as grassroots partnerships, which are crucial for synergistic results with greater impacts.

Our Programs are grouped into four thematic areas:

  • Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
  • Water Governance
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)