A Year Later: Emusanda Community, Walusai Spring

December, 2018

“I want to sincerely pass my gratitude to you for reaching out to us.” – Angelina Omumia, village elder

A Year Later: Emusanda Community, Walusai Spring

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to protect Walusai Spring for Emusanda Community in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow our local teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – and we’re excited to share this one from local team member Jemmimah Khasoha with you.

For change to occur in any place, there should be commitment, sacrifice, and a willingness. These values are possible now that Emusanda Community has clean, reliable water from Walusai Spring. Since they have the water they need, they can be the change they want to see in their community.

“The biggest changes we have experienced as a community at large is clean and safe drinking water,” said Village Elder Angelina Omumia during our recent visit to the spring.

Angelina Omumia

“For many years we suffered from diarrhea as a result of not drinking clean water, but I want to sincerely pass my gratitude to you for reaching out to us. Many people had come promising that they will help us, but in vain. Thank you so much for keeping the promise.”

The community has taken wonderful care of Walusia Spring. They are also using this water to practice what they learned during last year’s hygiene and sanitation training. The hygiene standards of this community are good. They have pit latrines, dish racks, compost pits, and clotheslines. This is a clear indication that they are embracing hygiene.

Protection of this spring is only one step along the journey toward sustainable access to clean water. The Water Project is committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by donors like you, allows us to maintain our relationships with communities by visiting up to 4 times each year to ensure that the water points are safe and reliable.

This is just one of the many ways that we monitor projects and communicate with you. Additionally, you can always check the functionality status and our project map to see how all of our water points are performing, based on our consistent monitoring data.

One project is just a drop in the bucket towards ending the global water crisis, but the ripple effects of this project are truly astounding. This project in Emusanda is changing many lives.

“Since the inception of this project in my community, my life has changed,” Clare Musilivi told us.

Clare Musilivi

Clare no longer has to worry about going to school in a dirty uniform. Her school uniform is clean each time she wears it because she has clean water in her home to use for laundry. The easy water access allows her to shower each day and spend less time fetching it. Clare says that all the time she’s saved is used for studying.

“I take this opportunity to thank you for thinking about us,” Clare said.

This is only possible because of the web of support and trust built between The Water Project, our local teams, the community, and you. We are excited to stay in touch with this community and support their journey with safe water.

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