A Year Later: Isaac Spring

September, 2018

Alvin Shiakachi no longer misses school waiting in long lines to collect unsafe water. Now, he has clean, safe water.

A Year Later: Isaac Spring

A year ago, generous donors helped protect Isaac Spring for Shitaho 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 Olivia Bomji with you.

Sanitation and hygiene standards in Shitaho have improved drastically. Before the project was implemented, the community used to access dirty, contaminated water from the unprotected Isaac Spring which negatively affected their health.

Since the spring was protected, the people living here now access safe and reliable water to meet their daily needs. As a result, waterborne diseases are a problem of the past.

“I have experienced great changes in my life and in my family because we now have clean and safe water that helps keep everyone healthy,” Phanice Isaac said.

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 spring in Shitaho is changing many lives.

“Since the project was completed, children like me can access clean drinking water that we bring to school. And we no longer have to wait in long lines which waste a lot of time – especially during school days,” Alvin Shiakachi, an 8-year-old boy, said.

“We are not getting sick frequently as we used to. As a result, we are spending more time at school!”

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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