A Year Later: Lurambi Community

November, 2017

“After the borehole was fitted a new afridev pump, things changed. Now, the method of collecting water for the source is safe leading to reduced outbreak of diseases like typhoid and diarrhea which were constant. The costs that could spent on medication, is now saved for other purposes like paying school fees for children and buying food for the family.”

A year ago, generous donors joined the Lurambi community in Western Kenya in the work of rehabilitating a shallow well. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partner, Paul Weringa, with you.

Prior to this project the Lurambi community was lowering a bucket down an unprotected and open hole.  The water that was available to the community through these means was contaminated, and many people in the community were suffering from waterborne sickness.  Mercy Ambia, a woman who holds a position in community security, shares, “The water is now clean. We don’t spend much for hospital bills and we now use the money for other purposes.  Most of the community members have really kept in practice on what we were trained on during the initial stages of project implementation.

The well does go dry during the extended dry seasons.  During these times the women and children walk to an unprotected source to access water.  SAWASHI is working together with the community to find a solution to this problem, with talks of deepening the well so that the water might be available year round.

The situation in Lurambi reveals the great impact of clean water and the ongoing need for partnership in order to face challenges of year-round water access.  We are excited to stay in touch with this community and to report the impact in the Lurambi community as they continue on their journey with clean water.

The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to 4 times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.



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