A Year Later: Simboyi Community

December, 2017

Since the completion of the spring protection, there have been minimal cases of waterborne diseases among residents. People now know the best ways of treating water and now see the importance of using covers to cover their water containers.

A year ago, generous donors helped protect Imbiru Spring in Simboyi Village, Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can 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 Jacqueline K. Shigali with you.


Ever since the spring protection, there have been hygiene, sanitation, and health improvements here. Latrines and hand-washing stations that were constructed last year are still well-maintained. Containers that are brought to get clean water are scrubbed out and have covers. People have also learned how to treat water for drinking so there are no stomachaches or diarrhea. Many others are still practicing composting, and everyone has a garbage pit.

Mr. Asava and Michelle fetching clean water from Imbiru Spring.

Jacqueline met Javan Asava at Imbiru Spring to talk about what’s happened over the past year. He told her, “Since the completion of the spring protection, there have been minimal cases of waterborne diseases among residents. People now know the best ways of treating water and now see the importance of using covers to cover their water containers. The spring is well protected and water cannot be easily contaminated. The spring has enabled us to save a lot of money that we initially spent at hospitals treating diseases we could have prevented.”

12-year-old Michelle Adema was at the spring, too. She added that “since this project, there is a lot of improvement in class attendance. We do not get sick like we used to. This spring has helped curb diarrhea cases in the community so that I am always in school and not visiting the hospital.”


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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