About Us 


Umande Trust is a rights-based agency, which believes that modest resources can significantly improve access to water and sanitation services if financial resources are strategically invested in support of community-led plans and actions. Our mission is to be the partner of choice in transforming water supply, sanitation and environmental services in close partnership with communities in Kenya’s urban centres.

`Umande’ is the Kiswahili term for dew - connoting a new, unbiased, nascent beginning; not recycling the ideas of yesteryears. Prof. Saad Yahya and the founding trustees settled on this brand because of the growing disillusionment with business-as-usual approaches to development . They desired an agency that would experiment, dream, and adapt innovative processes and methods to learning from, sharing and transforming with urban communities.    Read more... 

What We Do

an imageUmande Trust works closely with community groups, public sector agencies, local government and peer civil society organizations to design, plan and construct bio centers. These are bio sanitation units that provide secure and adequate access to sanitation, information and income generation by converting human waste ('investements') into biogas and liquid fertilizer. To date we have, in partnerships, been able to complete 40 such facilities in Nairobi.  Read more...

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