Maji Mazuri is a non-profit organization that seeks to address the root causes of poverty and focuses on alleviating poverty by empowering people to bring about change in their own lives.
Maji Mazuri means “good water” in Swahili. The social economic development program is based in Kenya. Founded by Dr. Wanjiku Kironyo in 1984, the organization is composed of 4 interrelated programs: Education & Talent, Economic Empowerment, Community Development and Mental & Physical Health.
Mathare valley is a slum that is currently home to over 400,000 of people, a huge percentage of whom are women and children. The living conditions in these slums are deplorable, with families sharing a one room tin shack that does not have water or any basic amenity. In some houses, there are drainage trenches running through the house, and in addition, there are many social problems, that make it difficult for a child to develop holistically. The parents of these children have little or no education, and have to make ends meet in any way they can.
It is in this background that Maji Mazuri in Mathare was started. Since then Maji Mazuri USA, Canada, Holland, UK, Crosscurrents International and individual well wishers have come on board, and support the program through sponsorship of activities and children.