For twenty-two months, (November 2017 – September 2019), the Jesuit Hakimani Center (JHC) has been working with select Religious Leaders (RL), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and Water Service Providers (WSPs) to improve equity and fairness in water management for communities most affected by the extreme climate in Kilifi and Garissa counties. Inadequate and unreliable water access for human and livestock is a major problem in the counties of Kilifi and Garissa. Most people grapple with the shrinking volumes in water sources. This is caused by climate variability depicted in high temperatures, reduction of water volumes in water sources such as water tables and unpredictable rainfall patterns. Furthermore, it is caused by the challenges on non-compliance to the existing policies and in general water management. Specifically, there are concerns of unfair inter-county water sharing mechanisms, deficiencies in county water governance, incompatible interests among water suppliers and users and in some cases infrastructure for water storage is inadequate. Subsequently water driven conflicts are common. To address this, JHC has been advocating with and alongside select religious institutions, CSOs and local communities of the four sub counties of Kilifi North, Kilifi South, Modogashe, and Balambala to increase water accessibility. As a result, the project has contributed to sustainable community water seeking initiatives such as household water reservoirs, reliable climate smart management of county water resources, storage, and inter county water sector collaboration with a view to enhance fair distribution.
The name HAKIMANI conﬂates three Kiswahili concepts: HAKI meaning justice, IMANI meaning faith, and AMANI which means peace. The distinct identity of Hakimani combines religious, public and African values