A Year Later: Futsi Fuvili Community

September, 2018

Community members in Futsi Fuvili are working together to improve each other’s lives, thanks to the protected spring and what they learned about improved sanitation and hygiene.

A Year Later: Futsi Fuvili Community

A year ago, generous donors helped protect a spring for Futsi Fuvili 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 Christine Luvandwa with you.

The lives of people in Futsi Fuvili have changed in terms of improved sanitation and hygiene. It is a concern that has finally captured the whole village. People are working together to keep the spring clean and ensure everyone is following the lessons they learned during hygiene and sanitation training.

This is evidenced by the fact that community members are working together to ensure homesteads are clean and that the lives of the children are protected. They are achieving it by undertaking good practices such as general communal cleaning, encouraging others to dig latrines, installing handwashing stations, and also cleaning the spring.

“My mother is now more keen on issues of hygiene and sanitation,” Florence Opiya, a 13-year-old girl, said.

“She makes sure we clean our hands properly and we handle food and water properly as well. These are changes that have made the home environment more fun to be in.”

Protectection 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.

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 spring in Futsi Fuvili Community is changing many lives.

“We used to spend a lot of time fetching water and had to spend more time treating it to ensure it is safe for use,” Josephine Joel said. “We are happier and better people now because we know we have clean and safe water. We are not worried anymore about water-related diseases.”

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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