A Year Later: Alphonce Mukoshi Spring

October, 2017

“The protection of this spring is the best thing that ever happened to us.”

A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection system and sanitation platforms for families living around Alphonce Mukoshi Spring. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one with you.

Field Officer Karen Maruti observed a lot of improvements on her way to Alphonce Mukoshi Spring – the community surrounding this clean water source is made up of clean homes that have helpful sanitation facilities like dish racks and clotheslines. And as she began talking to community members fetching their water at the spring, she learned that health has also improved; beneficiaries say that they aren’t getting waterborne diseases anymore.

Mr. Alphonce Mukoshi was right there waiting for us, and he had a lot of good things to say. “We are happy that when our facility had issues with the spring box, the organization came in and repaired it on time. Since the project came in, we are healthier…” But this clean water has also drawn a lot of extra attention. He added that “Since the spring is close to the road, there are many passersby who stop by to drink water from this spring. This increased demand has added pressure, and if other springs can also be protected then we shall not have pressure on this one!”

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We also met 8-year-old Clinton at the spring. He said, “The protection of this spring is the best thing that ever happened to us. I am particularly excited, as fetching water in the past was so risky for me and I used to fear fetching water… and I would slip and fall into the open unprotected spring! Now I can go to the spring as many times as I can, even when it has rained, without slipping in the water.”

This is all wonderful news! We will continue to look for nearby locations for potential water projects to help alleviate the busyness around Alphonce Mukoshi Spring.

The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to four times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.



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