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Speech

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

-As prepared-

Hamjambo mabibi na mabwana. Good afternoon and thank you for inviting me to launch this important project with you. Today we celebrate another achievement that will bring water and sanitation to more Kenyans, and that is truly something to celebrate.

In a recent analysis the citizens of Embu reported that they spend an average of 1,200 shillings per month for water. That's about 10 shillings per 20-liter jerry can. Besides the expense, they reported the water quality is unknown. Now, with the Embu Water and Sewerage Company, or EWASCO, pipeline distribution project's new water connection, the average cost should be closer to 1 shilling per 20-liter jerry can. A drop in price from 10 shillings to 1 per jerry can means more money for food, education, and savings. This project means high-quality water at a lower price for 75,000 people.

The EWASCO project model transforms the water and sanitation sector with private financing. It offers demand-driven, sustainable, and commercially-viable investments for development. As a result, low-cost services are brought to new urban settlements.

Speech

Monday, April 28, 2014

First, I want to congratulate Dr. Ludeki Chweya on his recent appointment as Director General of the Kenya School of Government.

Last year, the Kenya School of Government and USAID partnered to bring a program on Investment Appraisal that received a strong support and commitment from Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Ministry of Finance, Treasury, and other key Government of Kenya entities.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Good morning!

Honorable Felix Koskei, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

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The Honorable Jack Ranguma, Governor of Kisumu County;
The Chairman of KIWASCO – Israel Agina ;
KIWASCO Managing Director - Engineer David Onyango;
Colleagues from the World Bank and USAID;
Partners in USAID’s Sustainable Water and Sanitation for Africa program;

Ladies and gentlemen;

Good morning.  Thank you for inviting me to participate in the commissioning of Nyamasaria Water Project. It is an exciting day for me and I am happy to bear witness to the commissioning of this water project.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Thank you for inviting me to join you in celebrating the leadership, talent, potential and promise of Kenyan women.

For decades, USAID has been leading global efforts to achieve gender equality – believing that long-term, sustainable development will only be possible when women and men enjoy equal opportunity to rise to their potential.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

It is a pleasure to be with you today to celebrate the launch of Wezesha Project. Wezesha Project is a USAID partnership with Lifeskills Promoters, and its partners, St Johns’ Community Center and Christian Partnership on AIDS in Kenya, to coordinate the sustainable care of 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Homa Bay, Kisii, and Migori Counties. 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Remarks as prepared for Colin Dreizin
USAID Field Investment Officer

I am honored to be here with you today in support of the Kenya Union of Savings & Credit Co-operatives (KUSCCO), which is increasing access to cook stoves for Kenyan consumers through the “Jiko Safi” cook stove-specific credit facility. 

Clean cook stoves reduce fuel consumption, reduce indoor air pollution, and improve efficiencies that ultimately save tens of thousands of Shillings per year for the average Kenyan household, as well as reducing health risks. 

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Honorable Speaker Ethuro, Honorable Governors, Honorable Members of Parliament and the Senate, Honorable Members of the East African Legislative Assembly, Honorable Assembly Speakers and Members, Government Officials, and members of civil society. 

Ladies and gentlemen, it is an honor to be here with you today. As a representative of one member of the community of democracies, I am grateful for the opportunity to engage with you to discuss and compare notes on how to advance good governance.  It is most certainly an evolving practice and one that gains by shared experiences. 

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

On behalf of the USAID Kenya Mission Director, Karen Freeman, I extend my appreciation to you, Secretary Macharia, for the opportunity to mark the importance of World Breastfeeding Week.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Your Excellency First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta
The Cabinet Secretary for Health Mr. James Macharia
Your Excellency, Governor Hassan Joho
Senator Ali Omar
Senator Harod Chepchumba
County Commissioners Nelson Marwa
Member of Parliament Nyali, Awiti Bollo
Other Members of parliament
Development partners, Ladies and Gentlemen

Last updated: April 15, 2014

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