Ushirika Community Development Organization (UCDO) is a Kenyan-based nonprofit organization that operates in Kajiado, Kitui, Makueni, Nairobi, Narok and Turkana Counties in delivering sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions to children and families living in underserved communities. Today, UCDO is working in Makueni through community-based structures in identifying needs and responding to those needs of vulnerable households.  UCDO intends to expand to the other counties in 2021.

UCDO’s programs are driven by our vision and mission. We envision a world where communities have knowledge and structures to address life’s essential needs.

Safe Water
Proper Sanitation
Community Empowerment
Families Supported
Happy Children
Sanitary Pads Donated

UCDO’s programs are driven by our vision and mission. We envision a world where communities have knowledge and structures to address life’s essential needs.

Our mission is to improve lives by empowering people with access to life’s essential needs -safe water and sanitation. We accomplish our mission by partnering with underserved communities, providing the communities with the tools and education to establish sustainable safe water, hygiene, and sanitation programs.

Recent Activities

The organization has a wide range of volunteers from the identified counties.  In August 2020, Volunteers organized a medical camp in Kibwezi and served 211 households with screening for communicable diseases, provided food for mostly needy households, provided 1-year supply of sanitary pads for 89 girls.

Sustainable Development Goals

All our activities are aligned the following the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  UCDO focuses on the following goals:

  1. No poverty –water and sanitation services to the vulnerable households will reduce poverty. Other essential services and training that will eliminate poverty.
  2. Good health and well-being – Reduces deaths and illness from water-related and other disease, particularly diarrhea, and from hazardous chemicals in water. Also provide access to food and nutrition.
  3. Quality education – improve access to age-appropriate education for vulnerable children and youth. Remove barriers to retention in school by linking vulnerable children to access medical support, uniform, school fees, safe learning environment, dignity packs and other supplies.
  4. Sustainable communities – Provide access to economic and social opportunities.
(151117) -- Maputo, Mozambique, Nov. 17 () -- Photo taken on Nov. 16, 2015, shows local residents fetch water with a well thanks to a China-aid project, in Bilene district, Gaza Provinces, Mozambique. Chinese engieers had worked for half a year in 2014, drilling 100 wells in the area. Data from the Bilene authority show that, a total number of 54,000 people could benefit from this water-drilling project, with one well servicing an average of 541 people. (Xinhua/Li Xiaopeng) |

Discover what’s possible communities comes together.

We’ve empowered hundreds of communities in Kenya with safe water or sanitation and together we can empower millions more. And we are expanding our work and reaching more people in need, faster.