A Year Later: Gidagadi Community, Anusu Spring

December, 2018

Brighton Mudonyi no longer has to slide down the hill to fetch water from the spring thanks to the stairs installed as a part of the protection.

A Year Later: Gidagadi Community, Anusu Spring

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to protect Anusu Spring for Gidagadi 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 Samuel Simidi with you.

People in Gidagadi Community are able to draw water from the protected spring faster and easier than ever. They can access clean, safe water compared to the days when the spring was open and exposed to contaminants that risked their health.

We recently visited the spring to see the progress of community members over the past year. We met 15-year-old student Brighton Mudonyi. He told us how he now has enough time to study for school since it is so easy to collect water.

Field Officer Samuel Simidi and Brighton Mudonyi

“I used to find it hard to access the water point. The area used to be slippery. After its protection, accessing the spring has been much easier as we have been provided with stairs,” he said.

Our interviews showed how grateful the community is. The community members welcomed the project and have endeavored to take good care of it.

“We can now access clean safe water for our use and we are grateful to our donors,” Brighton said.

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.

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 Gidagadi Community is changing many lives.

“We thank God that through you we can now get clean, safe water for our household chores,” Lydia Sayo said to us.

Brighton Mudonyi with Lydia Sayo at the spring

“Our people are now able to observe proper hygiene and sanitation thanks to the training conducted in the village that was attended by many people. A majority of us are now occupied. Some are running small businesses and making money to sustain their families.”

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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