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The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Garbage Site
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Latrine
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Boiling Water In The Kitchen
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Feeding The Chickens
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Nyungu Household
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Musau Nyungu
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Syakama Shg Member Musau Nyungu
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Syatu Community A -  A Well In Syakama

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/04/2018

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Community Profile

This is our third year working with the Syakama Self-Help Group. We worked with them to install a dug well and hand-pump alongside a sand dam to help households in Syakama Community access water. Before that, we brought water to people around Kavumbu. Now, Syakama Self-Help Group is planning to bring clean water to families living closer to Syatu.

However, we estimate a well can comfortably support a generous total of 500 people, so more work needs to be done to ensure this entire area can access safe water. That is why we work together with self-help groups for five years to build sustainable water and sanitation solutions, often spanning multiple communities.

The majority of people living in this area practice small-scale agriculture in their individual farms. The crop yields are often low due to low rainfall and erratic weather patterns, forcing a significant chunk of the population to work informal jobs in nearby Kathonzweni Town.

For majority community members, days start at 6am. The parents prepare the children to go to school. After that, the livestock are either taken out or tethered in the bush for grazing. Once that is done, the husband and wife are free to engage in the main income generating activities; farming, businesses, casual labor etc.

The Syakama self-help group members participated in two wells that are successfully producing safe water for many living around Syakama and Kavumbu. The construction of dams and wells eases the water challenges in the area with a substantial number of people now able to access water easily, and this motivated them to quickly finish a second water system last year.

A good number of community members have been practicing treatment methods taught during the sanitation training such a boiling and chlorination. The majority of households now have latrines, but most of the latrines we visited were not well cleaned and had a bad smell. But things are getting better.

“There is improved hygiene and cleanliness at the household levels as the implemented projects have played a big role in providing water,” Mr. Bernard Wambua said.

Some members of Syatu Community live far from the already installed water projects. They must travel long distances to get safe water and tire as a result of lugging heavy containers of water. Syakama Self-Help Group reports that the majority of their neighbors in Syatu are elderly. Implementing more projects will help bring water closer to everyone, and reduce stress on the existing water points.

What we plan to do about it:

Our main entry point into Syatu Community has been the Syakama Self-Help Group, which is comprised of 35 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 continue training 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.

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 Syatu 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


07/03/2018: A Busy Rest of the Year in Syatu Community

Everyone in Syatu is excited about their new hand-dug well. Timing is very important as we ensure that everyone is ready for these big changes in their community. The field officers and local leaders have agreed that the right time for construction and training will be over the next few months. We had previously scheduled this project for September but have modified that date to reflect the planning change made by the team. Thank you for standing with us as we continue work in Syatu!

We’re always open to conversation about our process and are happy to answer your questions. And, if you get a notice like this – it’s actually further proof your gifts are being carefully used towards a water project that lasts.


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05/22/2018: Syatu Community Hand-Dug Well Project Underway

A clean water shortage around Syatu Community still affects hundreds of lives, draining time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this community through the introduction and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!


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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