This is our second year working with the Itatini Self-Help Group in Kivani Community. We installed a dug well and hand-pump alongside a sand dam to help households in the community access safe water.
However, we estimate a well can comfortably support 500 people, so more work needs to be done to ensure this community of nearly 1,500 people can access safe water. That is why we work together with the community for five years to build sustainable water and sanitation solutions.
The majority of people living in this area practice small-scale agriculture to feed their families and make a small profit in the market. Locals grow maize, peas, green grams and are recently involved in the cultivation of fruit trees such as mangoes and oranges.
The average day starts at 6am. Children prepare for school with the help of their parents and after that livestock are either taken out or tethered in the bush for grazing. After that, the husband and wife are free to engage in the main income generating activities; farming, casual labor, etc.
The well installed last year is properly taken care of as community members consider it important. The constructed sand dam and well is slowly easing the water challenges in the area with a substantial number of people in the community now able to access water easily.
It's for this reason that community members remain committed to implementing more projects in their area to continue easing water access. The construction of more water projects will help in making water easily accessible to everyone.
"Working on water projects is helping solve the water challenges in our area which has for long suffered continuous water problems, by coming together and working on more projects we will help bring water close to everyone in Kivani village," Mr. Gedion Mutie said.
What we plan to do about it:
Our main entry point into Kivani Community has been the Itatini Self-Help Group, which is comprised of 37 farming households that are working together to address water and food scarcity in their region. These members will be our hands and feet in both constructing water projects and spreading the message of good hygiene and sanitation to everyone.
We’re going to continue training Kivani Community on hygiene and sanitation practices. Though our visits to households were encouraging, 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 handwashing will all be a focus during our next review.
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 Kivani 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.