A Year Later: Eshiakhulo Community

September, 2018

Community members, like Omar Sakwa, used to fetch dirty water before the protection of the spring. He now has access to clean water for drinking and a reliable source to irrigate his farm.

A Year Later: Eshiakhulo Community

A year ago, generous donors helped protect Omar Sakwa Spring for Eshiakhulo Community in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow 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 Faith Muthama with you.

The lives of people using Omar Sakwa Spring have really changed over the past year, especially in terms of sanitation and hygiene. Initially, they used to fetch dirty water and since the spring protection was done they now access safe, clean drinking water. It has led to a reduction in waterborne diseases in this community.

“Now we are able to access to safe, clean drinking water from our protected spring and we are very happy,” Omar Sakwa said.

Asher Were and Omar Sakwa

Also, the members of the community use the water from the spring to irrigate their vegetables in their farms, which are now growing healthy due to a lot of water coming from the spring.

Protection of the 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.

Asher Were

“Since the project was completed, l have experienced minimal cases of waterborne diseases,” 15-year-old Asher Were said.

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.

A picture from our most recent monitoring visit to Eshiakhulo Community.

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 spring in Eshiakhulo is changing many lives.

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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