The Aquaya WASH Research Internship Program aims to build research capacity of Kenyan graduate students. We received over 60 applications from Kenyan Masters and PhD students to participate in the 3-month Aquaya internship in Nairobi, Kenya. We are excited to have two interns as part of our team for the next few months — Aaron Gichaba Misati and Joyce N. Kisiangani!


Aaron Gichaba Misati
My name is Aaron Gichaba Misati from Kenya. I have a BSc degree in Environmental Health from Moi university and I am currently a MSc student in Environmental and Occupational Health at Egerton University. I am excited for this internship and would like to express my gratitude to Aquaya Institute for this opportunity. During this internship I am conducting research for my masters thesis and for eventual publication in a renowned water and sanitation journal to contribute to the scientific community. Previously, I have worked with Kenya Medical Research Institute-Center for Public Health and Research where I participated in the development of the Global Sanitation Fund for the 2013 Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Programme and other WASH related activities.
My ultimate goal is to be a lead researcher in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. I also envisage contributing towards the development of sustainable water and sanitation strategies. These strategies will contribute to the UN Millenium Development Goal 7c which aims at halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
I am determined to make the most out of the internship program and with researchers like Dr. Rachel Peletz, Dr. Emily Kumpel and Mr. Mateyo Bonham at the Aquaya Institute. I believe that this will not only empower my career development, but also give me the framework to utilize my full potential. I plan to use the knowledge and experience gained from this internship to come up with suitable interventions to overcome water and sanitation challenges in the world. It feels great to be part of the Aquaya team and I am looking forward to increasing my skills in research, expanding my social networks and working with Aquaya.


Joyce Kisiangani
My name is Joyce Kisiangani and I am a Masters of Public Health student from Moi University in Kenya. I currently reside in Nairobi but I am originally from Kakamega County. I am grateful for the opportunity to work as an intern in Aquaya and am looking forward to learning from the researchers at Aquaya.
My previous research and experience in public health has led me to the internship at Aquaya. My Masters’ research is a qualitative study on the assessment of women’s knowledge, attitude and health seeking behavior of breast cancer and its screening among women in Kakamega County. I will be defending my thesis later this year and the skills that I will get from the internship at Aquaya will build my confidence in preparation for my thesis defense. I am therefore looking forward to acquiring and developing my skills in organizing, processing, analyzing and presenting qualitative data for journal publication.
Previously I was a Public Health and Environment Field Practicum Fellow with the School for Field Studies, Boston University, where I evaluated the Community Health Strategy in Kajiado County of Kenya. I have also worked as a Research Assistant with Kenya Medical Research Institute and with USAID.
The internship opportunity at Aquaya is an avenue for me to strengthen my research skills, in qualitative research, public health, and water and sanitation. I am enthusiastic to work and learn from researchers like Mateyo Bonham, Dr. Rachel Peletz and Dr. Emily Kumpel on the Monitoring for Safe Water program (MfSW). Learning from them will contribute to my long-term goal in this internship – to build my capacity in research, specifically in water and sanitation, so that I can contribute to my country’s commitment to providing safe water and improved sanitation to the local population.

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