A Year Later: Mukoko Community

September, 2017

“The community members now have access to clean, safe and adequate water. The spring discharges water at a speed of 41 seconds to fill a 20 Liter containers. Women in this community now draw water easily from the spring as water trickles from a pipe. It saves them time compared to the previous years where they would spend a lot of time scooping dirty, contaminated water at the spring.”

A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection and sanitation platforms for the community surrounding Mukoko Spring in Kenya. Because of these gifts and 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, Amadaro Allan, with you.

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The community around Mukoko Spring continues to experience changes with their protected water source.  Alfred Makuba, an elder in the village shares, “The water at this spring is clean and safe for drinking unlike how it was before the protection. Women and children can now easily fetch water at the spring and at the same time save time for other chores.”  Alfred claims that the number of disease cases arising from water are now very minimal in the community.

The children in the community are also noticing a difference.  Beatrice Makovi, age 13, says, “Life has changed for us as it is now easy for us to fetch water at the spring.”  The time Beatrice initially spent fetching water has been reduced and she says it has helped her concentrate more on her books and school work as she finishes her chores early.

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WEWASAFO will continue supporting the Mukoko community to ensure that clean water is consistently available.  WEWASAFO also teaches the community how to keep the water clean until it is used or consumed. In addition WEWASAFO trains and challenges the community to build and maintain clean latrines. Mr. Makuba reports the collective work in their village: “The spring’s and household’s sanitation status has been upheld by community members with the trained community health volunteers making rounds in the village ensuring households are clean.”

While it may seem like one spring is just a drop in the bucket, Mukoko Spring continues to provide safe drinking water and many people are freed to pursue their own vision for a flourishing life.  We are excited to stay in touch with this community and to report the news 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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