A Year Later: Visiru Community

September, 2018

Collecting water is quicker and safer for Irene Jepnyango now that Kitanga Spring is protected.

A Year Later: Visiru Community

A year ago, generous donors helped protect Kitanga Spring for Visiru 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 Samuel Simidi with you.

“We no longer hear of any water-related diseases or infections in this village,” Florence Makungu, secretary of the Water User Committee for the spring, said.

We saw big smiles from community members during our visit, especially from the children. It is a sign of growing hope in the village. Lives have improved tremendously now that people have access to safe, reliable water. Community members say they focus on other activities now that water access is no longer a concern.

“We are happy and grateful since we can now access sufficient water for our household chores. Our children and mothers are able to save time while drawing water from the spring due to its accessibility,” Mrs. Makungu added.

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.

Florence Makungu

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 Visiru is changing many lives.

“In the year since the spring was commissioned, I am proud to say that a lot has changed in my life,” Irene Jepnyango, a 16-year-old student, said. “The water is high-yielding which means I take less time fetching water. I have sufficient time for my studies, thanks to your support. In addition, I am much safer now that the spring is easily accessible.”

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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