Mayungu Church Of God



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Country:
Kenya

Program:
The Water Promise - Kenya

GPS:
Latitude 0.39
Longitude 34.81

Impact:
450 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:

BACKGROUND

The proposed Mayungu Church of God started in the year 1958 with aim of ministering the word of God to the members of Mayungu Community and neighboring communities. Currently the Mayungu church is a Regional Centre which gathers 21 churches which submit under its Administration under Ingotse Mission.

The Mayungu Church of God has a mission of eradicating illiteracy in the area where it serves and to achieve its goal it is mainly targeting young children of Mayungu community, both its members and non-church members, especially who have attained school going age 4-6 years. The programme will also target adults who will be involved in the Bible and Literacy Leaque where church members will be camping at Mayungu Church of God Compound during Bible study sessions.

Many times the church management tried to implement this programme but lack of quality water supply to sustain the programme has remained a challenge. The church management therefore learned of Bridge Water Project Development Activities in the water sector and made an appeal requesting BWP to drill a borehole to access quality water and be able to implement its desired projects to the glory of God.

CURRENT WATER SOURCE

Mayungu Church of God currently fetch water from Mutenyo stream located 700 metres away from the church compound. The stream is seasonal and dries up. During rain season it is filled up by floods hence causing contamination. As a result, water users from the community around suffer from waterborne diseases like Typhoid, Amoeba, Cholera, and Diarrohea.

Whenever the church has a function, women have stay longer in the stream since the recharge is very low and at times women rebel to their church leaders when they are asked to fetch water for use during seminars other church functions.

POPULATION

The church total population is 225 members; 150 adults and 75 Sunday school children while the community has 35 households with an average of 6-8 people per house; approximately 450 people.

HYGIENE & SANITATION

There’s a big permanent church building that is washed ones per month; a semi-permanent building (Early Childhood Development Centre) classrooms (ECD) which is smeared occasionally with cow dung applied on the floor; 1 pit latrine block with 4 doors, 2 for male and 2 for female which is washed every Sunday and daily during school days since pupils use the same with their E.C.D teachers. There are no hand washing stations nor composite pit.

ASSESSING THE NEED

There’s need to drill a borehole for the proposed Mayungu Church of God and Community to enable them access quality water for their domestic use, which is aimed at improving Sanitation and Hygiene status. Also, with a reliable water supply the church will have time to serve its members effectively as it should. The well will also bring about the behavior change.

PROJECT BENEFICIARIES

If the well is drilled, members of Mayungu Church of God, Early Childhood Development Centre pupils and the member of Mayungu Community will be the beneficiaries.

WATER COMMITTEE

The water committee is already formed and is comprised of both church management and community village elders.

RISKS

– Poor road network
– Bad weather conditions
– Poor political stability
– Culture barrier


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Recent Project Updates


03/25/2015: Mayungu Church of God Project Complete

We are very excited to report that Mayungu Church of God in Kenya has a new source of safe clean water.  The report below from our partner in the field describes all that went into constructing this new well and the training that the community received:

PHASE1# ( 22nd -27th Feb2015) COMMUNITY EDUCATION.

Being a church which is centered right in the middle of the community, the church holds a big number of the community members. To be able to reach the biggest population, the BWP’s hygiene and sanitation training team visited the church on a Sunday.

A good number of women, men and children were present. Twenty five women, fifteen men and eighteen childrenattended the training.

The children were trained separately from the adults.

Hygiene and sanitation practices have great impact on the health of individuals in any community. This goes hand in hand with the behavior and attitude that people have.

Mayungu church community members for instance are left out since they have suffered the outbreaks of waterborne diseases like typhoid, cholera and diarrhea. During the training, most of the old people claimed to be on typhoid medications for which they say it has cost them a lot of money hence leaving them poor.

Women complained of persistence of diarrhea diseases in their children who are below the age of five years. Something unbelievable is that the women connected the diseases with the changes in the weather and more so to witchcraft.
Lack of knowledge on proper practice of hygiene and sanitation has been a contributing factor to the existence of waterborne diseases in this community. This therefore called for the trainers to train the community on the essentials of hygiene and sanitation practices. Some of the essentials included:

1. Always consume safe water: This practice required the community members to observe essential behaviors like;
• Treat all water used for drinking and cooking by chlorination, filtration or boiling to reduce pathogens.
• Always cover water-storage containers or use narrow neck containers.
• Extract water from a tap or with a clean utensil such as dipper.
• Place containers where young children cannot get into it.
• Always use different (clean) vessel to transfer water for drinking.
• Prevent anyone from putting his/her hands into the drinking water vessel, especially children.
• Clean the water storage container twice a week with soap.

2. Always safely dispose feces and other wastes: to ensure this is done, the community members were trained to;
• Have young children always use a potty, washable diapers or disposable diapers.
• Always dispose of the feces in a sanitary latrine or toilet.
• Always wash the potty or washable diapers with soap and ensure that the wastewater from washing ends up in a sanitary facility.
• Consistently put disposable diapers in covered garbage containers that are part of a solid waste disposal system that keeps the diapers out of the household and community environment.

3. Wash hands with soap or ash at critical times: washing hands is an important aspect of good hygiene and therefore the community members were trained to observe it through the following behaviors;
• Always use correct hand washing techniques .i.e. Rub at least three times, especially fingers; use a cleansing agent; use dripping or running water if possible; air dry.
• Always wash at critical moments, i.e. after going to the bathroom, contacting feces, and before eating, feeding or cooking.

4. Prepare and store food safely: to ensure this is done, the community members were trained to;
• Always peel or wash fresh food before eating.
• Always heat or reheat cooked foods at a high temperature shortly before eating.
• Wash food preparation surface with soap and water.
• Never consume animal products that have been improperly prepared for consumption.
• Keep flies off food.

After the training was well done, the community members are looking forward to have a source of water which will be provided by the water project through Bridgewater project.

Recommendations: we recommend that refresher trainings of hygiene and sanitation should be done to this community so that the behavior change maybe observed.

PHASE 2#( 23rd -27th FEB 2015) DRILLING NARRATIVE.

Mayungu water project was one of the sites that our donor partner wanted to witness as it was being implemented (drilled). This therefore called for the BWP’s drilling team to mobilize to the site. The mobilization activity was done a day before the actual day of drilling.

The drilling process began the following day at 10 am contrarily to the expected time which was to be as early as 6am in the morning. The delay was due to lack of water which was to be used for drilling. This posed a challenge since the team had to load the vehicle with containers and go search for water 2km away. A single trip took 30 minutes to 1 hour. The vehicle had to go for several trips for drilling to begin.

Being a Sunday, the church members were expected to be in the church for fellowship and prayer, but this was not the case on this day. Men, women and children were all scattered in the church compound ready to witness how the dream of finding water at a door point would come true. A community traditional band was also present singing traditional songs as others played traditional instruments.

A group of women were busy in the kitchen preparing tea and sweet potatoes. The food was later served to the BWP staff, Donor partners and the drilling team.

As the drilling process went on, more photos and videos were taken. The drilling process had to stop as soon as the hard rock was hit at 20 m and therefore an air compressor was engaged the following day to grind the rock. This activity took the whole day hence an aquiver of water was stricken at a depth of 16 metres. The total depth of the well is 32 metres.
The well now waits for the construction phase which is set to begin as soon as possible.

PHASE 3#: (9TH – 13TH MARCH) PAD CONSTRUCTION.

The construction of the new drilled well for Mayungu church and community begun as soon as the drilling phase was completed.

The Bridge Water Project construction team mobilized to the site as the community was also prepared to ensure that the work was well done. As a requirement by the organization, the project beneficiaries have an obligation to contribute towards the implementation of the project.

Twenty women and seven men were already on the church ground as the work commenced. With twenty liter containers, each woman had to walk a distance of two kilometers and fetch water that was to be used for construction. Even though it was a hot day full of dust everywhere, these women did not consider that being a hindrance to make water available. Several trips were made to the river since a lot of water was required.

After they had ensured that water was available, a good number of women joined men to help them collect sand and concrete to the point where the pad was being constructed. Women used spades to load the materials on wheelbarrows as men pushed the wheelbarrows.

On the other hand, women also were busy in the kitchen preparing tea for breakfast and Ugali for lunch. It was impressing to see how women turned up in big numbers and carried a lot of responsibilities. This is so because in the African context, a woman is burdened to always ensure that water is available for the whole family. For instance, a woman has to ensure that the husband has bathed, children are clean and the animals are also not thirsty for water. This explains why women of this community came in a big number; they were happy because the distance in search of water was now shortened and soon they will have an access to clean and safe water.

For the construction team, the work was made easier since the community members had already provided the requirements and therefore they had a good reason to do a good work.

The work was well done and the pad is left to cure for four days. There after the pump will be installed and finally handed over to the church and community.

PHASE 4#(15th -20th March) HANDING OVER.

Songs of joy and cheerful noises is what could be heard from afar as we approached the Emayungu church of God water project for a handing over. Women were dressed in blue uniforms as a sign of the day being so special to the church and the community.

The well area had been kept clean and locked waiting for its dedication by the bridge water project and the church management.

A sermon led by the reverend pastor of this church begun at exactly nine in the morning. During this time, twenty seven women and seven men were present. Songs of thanksgiving were sung by church congregation giving God all the praise and honor for enabling them have a gift of water which they never expected to have.

Every one sat down ready to listen to the word from the Holy Book (Bible) which was perfectly ministered by the reverend pastor. During his sermon, the pastor quoted the scriptures from the book of Numbers 20:11 where Moses an Israelite hit a rock in the wilderness and water came from it as people and animals drunk. The pastor continued to explain that Moses hit the rock after the children of Israel had become thirsty and their animals were also dying. This situation did not give Moses peace since the people he led kept on blaming him for exposing them to harsh conditions.

Emayungu community and church was therefore seen as people who have been walking in the wilderness without water for very many years. In his sermon, the pastor narrated how the church could not host other churches nor have any kind of seminars or conferences because there was no safe water to be used for the purposes of drinking, cooking or cleaning.
“Since I moved to this community in the year 1975, I have lived to see old people of my age die because of waterborne diseases especially typhoid.” Said Mr. Milton Juma, a retired teacher and a church advisor. “Young children of age five and below have also died because of the diarrheal diseases which come as a result of eating contaminated food and drinking dirty water which is collected from the unprotected springs,” continued Mr. Juma. In his testimony, Mr. Juma said that through the trainings on good hygiene and sanitation together with the provision of a reliable well that now gives them good and safe water, no more outbreaks of waterborne diseases will be experienced hence Emayungu community will be a community of healthy people with a healthy living.

Being the chairperson of the water committee, Mr. Abraham Mulanda promised to ensure that the new water system which was drilled at the church compound will be well taken care of so that it can be of great help to the present generation and the generations to come. He called upon the community members to cooperate with the water committee put in place to ensure proper maintenance and sustainability of the well.

To conclude the handing over ceremony, the church congregation and the community members with the leadership of the reverend pastor moved to the well site where special prayers were once again made as we all bowed down our heads. After the prayers, water was pumped out as songs were sung by women and men.

Bridge Water Project takes this opportunity to thank The Water Project for coming in and ensured that the cry of the Emayungu community and church has changed to laughter. We look forward to having a positive impact on the health of Emayungu people especially in the area of good hygiene and sanitation.

As the report states, some of our staff was able to visit this project as it was implemented.  Look for them in the pictures we just posted of all the work done to bring clean water to this community.  Don’t miss it, and Thank You for your help.


The Water Project : kenya4332-83-emayungu-church-of-god-handing-over


03/19/2015: Mayungu Church of God Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Mayungu Church Of God in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water.  A new well is being constructed and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene. Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area .  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!


The Water Project : kenya4332-14-baseline-survey-at-emayungu-church-of-god-5


Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump with Remote Sensor
Location:  MAYUNGU, MWERA, MAHIRA, SOUTH KABRAS, NORTH KAKAMEGA, KAKAMEGA, KENYA
ProjectID: 4332
Install Date:  03/15/2015

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 09/28/2017
Well Depth:  32.00M

Visit History:
10/20/2015 — Functional
03/22/2016 — Needs Attention
09/08/2016 — Functional
09/15/2016 — Functional
12/14/2016 — Functional
03/02/2017 — Functional
04/28/2017 — Functional
08/04/2017 — Functional
08/17/2017 — Functional
09/28/2017 — Functional




Country Details

Kenya

Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Bridge Water Project has been funded by The Water Project almost since they got their start in 2007.  This local Kenyan NGO works directly with the communities and neighbors they know well.  Building relationships with these villages and the local government helps ensure that the water projects we fund are sustainable in the long term.

BWP works to repair up to four wells for every new one they install.  In this area of Kenya, many old and broken down water points still exist.  We have found that restoring these water points and establishing new plans for maintenance and monitoring, is quite cost effective.

We work closely with partners like BWP to strengthen their teams, through professional development growing their impact and quality of work over time.  Your donations make it all possible.