A Year Later: Mtao Community

December, 2018

“Now we have access to safe, clean drinking water!” – Mitchell Lumbasi, 12

A Year Later: Mtao Community

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to protect Tifina Odari Spring for Mtao 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 Faith Muthama with you.


Currently, the community members are very happy because they can now access safe, clean, drinking water which they also use for household chores – activities such as cleaning the house, washing clothes, and bathing.

“Initially we used to fetch dirty water from the ground using jugs. Now, we fill our containers with water from the pipe of the protected spring which pours out clean water for drinking,” said Bruce Silas, a farmer living in Mtao, to us during a recent visit at the spring.

Bruce Silas

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 Mtao Community is changing many lives.

We also met 12-year-old Mitchell Lumbasi at the spring. She shared with us how the spring protection impacted her life over the past year.

Mitchell Lumbasi

“My life as a child has changed because initially we used to fetch water from the ground which was dirty and caused people to suffer from diseases. Now we have access to safe, clean drinking water!” Mitchell said.

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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