A Year Later: Wetai Spring

September, 2017

“Project beneficiaries are now enjoying good health as a result of project implementation, unlike before where waterborne diseases had hindered development progress of the community members. The situation has now changed after spring protection. The water source has become free from agents of contamination and diseases.”

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

Life for people of all ages is changing in Wetai because of access to clean water at the protected spring.  Henry Wesayia, a chairman in the community, states “Records of waterborne diseases have generally reduced.  School fees can now be paid without a lot of challenges because production increased due to increased labor force.”

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Regular health and hygiene training promotes sustainable practices for long-term health impact. WEWASAFO will continue supporting Wetai to ensure that clean water is not only available, but also that the community has tools to keep the water clean until drinking it. In addition, WEWASAFO trains and challenges the community to build and maintain clean latrines. Josephine Wesa, a four-year-old in the community, expressed gratitude that she can now use a latrine instead of relieving herself in the bushes. The nearby water point and the protected latrine continue to provide girls like Josephine a safer community environment, more time for education, and improved health for years to come.

Jonathan Mutai, who works with our partner organization WEWASAFO reports, “on arrival at Wetai community, you will now see a good environment with different plantations ranging from subsistence crops to trees for general use. This is indeed evidence that the community members have taken action after project implementation.”

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As Wetai Spring continues to provide safe drinking water to the surrounding community, the people are freed to pursue their own vision for a flourishing life.  We are excited to stay in touch with this community and report back more positive findings.

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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