A Year Later: Lutari Community

October, 2018

The value of this protected spring to Lutari Community is evident in how well it is maintained. It is truly an asset!

A Year Later: Lutari Community

A year ago, generous donors helped protect Protus Spring for Lutari 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 Mary Afandi with you.

We observed that cases of waterborne diseases have decreased in Lutari Community over the past year. This means the protection of Protus Spring has contributed toward an improved quality of life. The area around the spring has also been well-maintained by community members.

“Nowadays, I do not struggle to get clean and safe water. I take just a few seconds to draw water from the protected spring,” 13-year-old Robin Obanda said.

Robin Obanda and his brother

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 spring in Lutari Community is changing many lives.

“I am very happy with the protected spring project and now enjoy clean water,” Protus Mukoye said.

Initially people used unprotected spring water which was contaminated by people washing their clothes and jerrycans at the unprotected spring. The resultant dirty water could drain back into the unprotected spring thus contaminating it further. After the protection of the spring and the training carried out, the area around the protected spring is clean and well-maintained.

“The state of cleanliness at the spring has improved because the community has embraced the protected spring. The members of the community now draw clean and safe water from the protected spring,” Mr. Mukoye continued.

“Nowadays, members of the community do not queue for water as was the case in the past before the spring was protected. The people have sufficient time to engage in other economic activities.”

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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