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The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Latrine
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Garbage Site
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  In The Kitchen
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Mwangangi Household
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Mwangangi Household
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Mwangangi Household
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Mwangangi Household
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Ann Mwangangi
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Yangondi Shg Member Ann Mwangangi
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Mbau Community A -  Fetching Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  09/30/2018

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Community Profile

Unpredictable rainfall patterns can’t guarantee water for communities, such as Mbau Village, all year round. Most rivers in this region are seasonal. Hand-dug wells are being built along sandy riverbeds to provide clean water, while sand dams harvest rainwater where it falls and make it available to the community through the dry season. This provides enough safe water for households, livestock and for income generating activities.

Water

People in the community travel more than a mile to access water for washing and drinking. The burden of the long journey is usually endured by women and children as they are tasked with getting water for the family. The terrain is rough and steep which makes it a more difficult and tiresome walk.

Some members reported that they pay for the water because they don’t own donkeys for transporting the water from the source to their homes while others use their backs to ferry the water home.

The scoop holes are found on a seasonal river which is prone to running dry during prolonged seasons without rainfall. This leaves community members with no alternatives in their quest for water for household chores and livestock. That and the fact that the community shares the water source means it runs out of water often.

The community has been using the water without any form of treatment, thus exposing them to potential health risks from waterborne diseases.

Sanitation

“Our life and levels of hygiene and sanitation are not up to standard and are too low because we lack enough supply of clean water, we hope by working on developing water projects things will change for the better,” Mrs. Ann Mwangangi said.

Roughly two-thirds of homes have latrines in Mbau. The latrines observed exhibited low levels of cleanliness. No household had water placed outside the facilities for use for handwashing. Some of the latrines were made of permanent and semi-permanent structures. Chances are high that some latrines have been affected by the ongoing rains leading to their collapse.

Community

Mbau Community is found in Mwingi, more than 300km away from ASDF offices in Mtito Andei. Based on the distances involved and the number of projects in that area, we had to camp at Mwingi Town for several days so as to cover many projects within the area.

The community is in a peaceful rural area with a rough terrain comprising of steep slopes. The area is partly dry with scattered trees. Being a rural village, the majority of homes are made of bricks and roofed with iron sheets and often lack plastered or cement floors.

The majority of people living in this area are not in formal employment – many households have invested in subsistence farming for the provision of basic family food. Residents grow maize, cowpeas, pigeon peas, millet, sorghum and more recently others have started growing fruits, such as mangoes.

What we plan to do about it:

Our main entry point into Mbau Community has been the Yangondi Self-Help Group, which is comprised of 44 farming households that are working together to address water and food scarcity in their region. These members will be our hands in feet in both constructing water projects and spreading the message of good hygiene and sanitation to everyone.

Training

We’re going to train Mbau Community on hygiene and sanitation practices. We want to ensure that community members are practicing the day to day habits we’re not able to observe. Food hygiene, water hygiene and treatment, personal hygiene and hand-washing will all be a focus during our sessions together.

Hand-Dug Well

This particular hand-dug well is being built adjacent to this group’s ongoing sand dam project (click here to see), which will supply clean drinking water once it rains. We have supplied the group with the tools needed for excavation. With the guidance of our artisans and mechanics, the excavated well will be cased, sealed with a well pad, and then finished with a new AfriDev pump.

Excavation takes a month or more on average, depending on the nature of the rock beneath. Construction of the well lining and installation of the pump takes 12 days maximum. The well will be lined with a concrete wall including perforations so that once it rains, water will filter in from the sand dam.

This well will be located in Mbau Village, and will bring clean water closer to families having to walk long distances for their water.


This project is a part of our shared program with Africa Sand Dam Foundation. Our team is pleased to provide the reports for this project (edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates


05/09/2018: Mbau Community Hand-Dug Well Project Underway

Unpredictable rainfall patterns can’t guarantee water for communities, such as Mbau Village, all year round. Most rivers in this region are seasonal. Hand-dug wells are being built along sandy riverbeds to provide clean water, while sand dams harvest rainwater where it falls and make it available to the community through the dry season. This provides enough safe water for households, livestock and for income generating activities.


The Water Project : 1-kenya18206-fetching-water


Project Photos


Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.



Contributors

Project Sponsor - Barbara Belle Ash Dougan Foundation