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The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Finished Well With Water
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Finished Well With Water
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Finished Well With Water
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Lunch Break
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Well Progress
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Construction
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Felisters Mbaika
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Training
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Training
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Training
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Trash Pit
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Latrine And Bathroom
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Compound
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community E -  Annah Samuel

Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 255 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2019

Functionality Status:  Low/No Water or Mechanical Breakdown

Last Checkup: 07/02/2019

Project Features

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This is the second year we have worked with Maluvyu Community and the Ngwatanio ya Utui wa Maluvyu Self-Help Group. Two dams and two wells have been constructed, giving people access to safe water for drinking and a source for irrigating their crops.

“We use the water for domestic use. We have also grown some vegetables and fruits. We also use the water for drinking and it does not dry during dry periods,” Mr. Kyalo Mutunga said.

However, many people still must walk more than a mile each way to access the new wells and benefit from the dams.

“We have lived many years with water problems. The construction of our first sand dam has helped us solve this problem and we hope to implement more projects and bring water close to us,” Mr. Sammyu Wambua Kiele said.

So we plan to construct another well and dam to ensure that everyone has safe water nearby.

Go here to view previous projects in the community and see their progress over the past few years.

Maluvyu Village is very rural and peaceful despite the fact that its close to a Peri-urban market center called Kathonzweni which is the administrative headquarters of the division. The area is generally dry and arid but that particular location where the group operates from is severely eroded. It gets pretty hot, dry and grey when it’s not raining. There is a mix of both brick houses and mud, grass thatched shacks.

People either work as farmers or as casual laborers to make a living. Many of the jobs available are seasonal and often involve helping during the planting and harvesting seasons.

This self-help group is in the second year of our five-year development program. They were trained during the construction of their first successful sand dam, and have grown immensely since then.

Nearly every household now has a latrine. It’s a mixture of permanent and semi-permanent structures depending on the economic status of each household. The overall status of the latrines is improving, thanks to the previous training sessions. Most people now clean their latrines on a regular basis.

What we plan to do about it:

Our main entry point into Maluvyu Community has been the Ngwatanio ya Utui wa Maluvyu Self-Help Group, which is comprised of 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 the self-help group members and their communities 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 are 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 Maluvyu Village and will bring clean water closer to families having to walk long distances for their water.

Project Updates

01/24/2019: Maluvyu Community Hand-Dug Well Project Complete

Maluvyu Community, Kenya now has a new water source thanks to your donation. A hand-dug well was constructed adjacent to a sand dam. Once it rains, the dam will build up sand that both stores and naturally filters water available at the hand-dug well. Community members also attended hygiene and sanitation training, and plan to share what they learned with their families and neighbors.

Hand-Dug Well

“We are very happy as community members of Maluvyu Village. Working on these water projects has not been easy but through commitment and hard work we are making it. The fruits of our work are visible!” exclaimed Muema Mutunga.

“This is our third [hand-dug well] and we are looking forward to improved water access in our village as the projects will provide clean water to all of us.”


We delivered the experts and materials, but the community helped get an extraordinary amount of work done. They collected local materials to supplement the project, including sand and water.

Breaking stones into smaller pieces to be used for construction

A seven feet in diameter hole is excavated up to a recommended depth of 25 feet. (Most hand-dug wells don’t reach that depth due to the existence of hard rocks between 10-18 ft.). The diameter then shrinks to five feet when construction of the hand-dug well lining is completed. This lining is made of brick and mortar with perforations to allow for water to seep through.

Once the construction of the lining is level with the top of the dam, a precast concrete slab is built on top and joined to the wall using mortar. Four bolts for the hand-pump are fixed on the slab during casting. The concrete needs to dry over the course of two weeks before the pump is installed.

The well was built all the way up to the top of the sand dam to allow for sand to pile up around it.

The mechanics arrive to install the pump as community members watch, learning how to manage simple maintenance tasks for themselves.

The well is then given another few days after installing the pump to allow the joints to completely dry.

The pump was installed level with the top of the sand dam because as the dam matures, sand will amass until it reaches the top of the platform. Once it rains, this sand behind the dam wall will store the water to be accessed through this hand-dug well.

The area received recent rains, so this sand dam is already maturing and water is available at the well.

Review and New Knowledge

Since we already trained people in Maluvyu Community in 2017, we planned a review training to check in on hygiene and sanitation progress. All of the self-help group members were informed and invited for the training by the area field officer, Muendo Ndambuki. Local leaders and other community members were also invited for the activity. The venue was chosen to be at Mutunga Kyunguti’s homestead.

Attendance was good as expected. 17 people were present during the refresher training. The weather was calm and provided a conducive learning environment for the community members. The central location of the venue enabled many people to easily attend.

We reviewed disease transmission routes, how to care for and clean a latrine, and water treatment methods. We also brought some ingredients to make soap and reviewed the entire process.

The participants were taken through several water handling techniques like using clean jerrycans to fetch water, keeping drinking water safe from contamination, proper treatment of drinking water, covering water sources like boreholes and open wells, and also keeping animals away from water sources (among many other important steps). Different water treatment methods were highlighted during the discussion.

During the discussion on water treatment, one member of the group brought up the idea of using ash as a water treatment method. There were many reactions from the rest of the participants who argued that the use of ash was a traditional method and does not treat drinking water effectively. This discussion made the topic very interesting.

“The training was good. It has reminded me of many things that we learned in the previous training,” said Mrs. Felisters Mbaika.

“For example, on water treatment we learned various methods of treating our drinking water and this will help reduce waterborne diseases. I always clean my latrine every day because I have water and affordable soap which is a concept learned through this training.”

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01/02/2019: Maluvyu Community Well Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage in Maluvyu Community still affects hundreds of people. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a nearby 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.


St. Johns Lutheran School
Lorean Ledesma and Anisha Ledesma (Anisha Paul)
Beverly Farms Elementary School Staff
Family & Friends of Dexter & Maxwell Miller
9 individual donor(s)