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Ephy Imbali

Ephy Imbali has been the managing director of CABDA, one of our Kenyan partner organisations, for ten years. Together with Simavi, CABDA facilitates communities and schools in constructing rainwater harvesting tanks and wells. In addition, communities are instructed on how to maintain and finance the hardware, and trained in good hygiene. At the end of October Ephy visited the Netherlands to share her story with our partners and donors during an event that marked Simavi’s 90th anniversary. We couldn’t resist the chance to ask her a few questions about her work in Kenya.

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Why are you so committed to the work of CABDA?

The work we do changes the daily lives of individuals, families and the community as a whole: we help people to escape poverty, so that they do not have to drink water from unsafe sources or practice open defecation. Community members can invest their money in building a healthy future, instead of spending it on expensive medicine. They now invest in drinking clean water from a water pump by prepaid systems, having a toilet for the family and practicing good hygiene. This way, we work on preventing diseases instead of helping people afterwards.

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How did you like meeting our Dutch partners and donors?

It was wonderful to meet the people that support us in Kenya as well as Simavi’s work worldwide. I think it’s great that Simavi’s success over the last ninety years is celebrated. People often forget to reflect on progress: we should all be proud that we have supported and helped lots of people, because Simavi’s help means the world to the beneficiaries.

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What is your wish for the future?

I passionately wish that everyone in the world will be able to enjoy good health. Therefore I hope that lots of people in the Netherlands and beyond will support Simavi in helping people in developing countries overcome their day-to-day struggles and challenges. Finally, I hope that other organisations will follow Simavi’s approach to structural growth.

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