- Melinda Gates (in Black) wife of Bill Gates, with Alie (in Blue) visited SWAP Vendor in Nyalenda,Kisumu in 2006
SWAP acquired land at Ahero, about 100 meters from the Nyando River to put up a model village which is intended to showcase the health interventions that SWAP deals with in the community. These include; Safe Water system products, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), improved traditional kitchen and a Jamii Centers. Inside the model village the sky hydrant was installed with funding and support from Janivo foundation, Aquaya Institute, Global Water challenge, Proctor and Gamble, IPA among other private well-wishers. The system draws water from the river using a fuel powered pump. The water is filtered and then sold to the community at very low cost.
The center has a community library which is used by different partners for meetings including the Ministry of Health.The model village receives a lot of visitors from all over the world and on one such occassions the Dutch Ambassador toured the facility and planted a tree.The center also has a training / meeting room which is often used by other partners including the Ministry of Health. There is a clean toilet with a hand washing facility for demonstration. Solar has been installed to provide for electricity and outside there is a chlorine dispenser to chlorinate the water. The kitchen is used for cooking and for demonstration, showing the clean cook stoves.
Inside the village there is a Jamii Center, where an average of 20 Community Health Promoters operate from. The community can access this center for health products and information.