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The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Pumping The New Well
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Smiles For Reliable Water
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Water
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Water From The Well
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Training
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Training
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Training Discussion
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Celebrating The New Well
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Cement Bags
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Complete Well
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Deepening Well
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Hole Dug For Well
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Lining The Well
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Water Held By Dam Next To Well
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Well Foundation Underway
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Well Foundation Work
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Well Lining Complete
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Well Pad Construction
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Well Pad Progress
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Working On Well Pad
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Wallking Out Of The Kitchen
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Walking In Compound
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  At The Well
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Self Help Group Meeting
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Livestock
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Latrine
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Kitchen And Dishes Drying
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Homestead
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Family In Compound
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Esther Muindi
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Donkeys
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Chicken Coops
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Celina Nduleve
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Getting Scoop Hole Water
The Water Project: Utuneni Community C -  Fetching Dirty Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2020

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 02/10/2020

Project Features


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This is our second year partnering with the Ngwatanio ya Kinyongo Self-Help Group in Utuneni, Kenya. Last year, we constructed a sand dam and hand-dug well that are already providing water to some of the 4,553 people living here.

But a single water point can only regularly support about 500 people. That is why we work with self-help groups for five years to build more water points and ensure that every person has access to safe, reliable water.

Universal access to water by all community members remains a challenge in this community with some members coming from far places to reach the already implemented water projects. The community members exhibit high levels of commitment to ensure easy water access for the entire population through the implementation of more water projects evenly distributed so as to reach every corner of the village.

“We come from a community which is not privileged enough to have an adequate water supply all around the year. Working on water projects for the last one year has brought more hope as the fruits of our work are more visible,” said Esther Muindi.

The community is found on the slopes of Mbooni Hills in Makueni County. Community members live in a peaceful, rural setting with significant tree coverage made up of exotic trees species. A majority of community members live in decent houses made of bricks and covered with iron sheets, while others live in mud-walled houses covered with iron sheets or grass.

On an average day for the community members, a woman and her children wake up at 6 am, go to fetch water, and then prepare breakfast for the family as the children prepare for school. The man, on the other hand, wakes up to go to the farm to get Napier grass for the livestock and also to run any needed errands. Errands that are most common are farming, taking farm products to the market, and feeding the livestock among others.

During the day, the woman does household chores such as washing the family’s clothes, tidying up the house, washing utensils, and preparing lunch as well as supper for the family. They also have community meetings such as fellowships and self-help group meetings which they attend during the day.

What we can do:

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 Utuneni Village, and will bring clean water closer to families having to walk long distances for their water.

Training

Community members have participated in training sessions that teach about important hygiene practices and daily habits to establish in their homes. Members of this community are recording improvements on their adherence to hygiene and sanitation standards, a good number of community members have constructed hand washing stations, clotheslines and dish racks. Improvements are highly needed on having garbage pits and regular cleaning of latrines.

“The state of hygiene and sanitation in our community can be described as average, community members are improving slowly after the training on hygiene and sanitation in the last one which taught us on the important aspects of maintaining high levels of cleanliness,” said Esther Muindi.

Upcoming training sessions will strengthen weaknesses and continue encouraging each family that making the extra effort to clean homes, bathe, wash hands, and treat water is well worth it!

Project Updates


02/28/2020: Utuneni Community hand-dug well complete!

Utuneni Community Community, Kenya now has a new source of water thanks to your donation. A hand-dug well was constructed adjacent to a sand dam (go here to check it out). The dam was constructed on the riverbed, which will build up sand to raise the water table and naturally filter water. Recent rains have helped the dam begin to build up sand and store water.

It could take up to 3 years of rain (because sometimes it only rains once a year!) for this sand dam to reach maximum capacity. As the sand dam matures and stores more sand, a supply of water will be available for drinking from the well. With this water, the surrounding landscape will become lush and fertile.

Hand-Dug Well

Construction for this well was a success!

“The new water point will be very beneficial to this entire community. The availability of water has been made easier for all of us,” said Benson Kyuli, a farmer from the community.

“We are grateful that now all our group members can access water at a distance of fewer than 100 meters from their homesteads. The water is clean and fresh for direct consumption which is very pleasing for us all.”

We worked with the Ngwatanio Ya Kinyongo Self-Help Group for this project. The members and their families contributed materials and physical labor to complete the project. In addition, they were trained on various skills such as bookkeeping, financial management, project management, group dynamics, and governance. We also conducted a hygiene and sanitation training to teach skills like soapmaking and to help improve behaviors such as handwashing.

When an issue arises concerning the water project, the group members are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure it works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact our team of field officers to assist them.

Hand-Dug Well Construction Process

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

A hole 7 feet in diameter is excavated up to a recommended depth of 25 feet. (Most hand-dug wells do not reach that depth due to the existence of hard rocks between 10-18 ft.).

The diameter shrinks to 5 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. Sand builds up around the well walls, which will naturally filter the rainwater that is stored behind the dam.

Once the construction of the lining reaches ground level, a precast concrete slab is laid on top and joined to the wall using mortar. 4 bolts for the hand-pump are fixed on the slab during casting. The concrete needs to dry for 2 weeks before the pump is installed.

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. As the dam matures, sand will build up to the top of the wall. Until then, people will climb the concrete steps to get their water.

New Knowledge

The trainer conferred with the field staff about their previous visits to households and interviews with community members to determine which topics the community still could improve upon. The attendance was as expected with 38 members and 2 village elders. It was a commendable number of people because the construction of the project was ongoing and this is the third training with this group.

Based on discussions with group members and an evaluation of their progress over the past three years, we decided to train on nutrition; disease transmission and prevention; and soapmaking.

The training was held under a tree at their first sand dam site. The environment was conducive for learning. During the morning hours, it was very chilly but the atmosphere got warmer as the day elapsed. In the afternoon, it was relatively warm.

The participation levels of the community members was very impressive throughout the training sessions. All the members participated in the training by asking questions, airing their concerns and volunteering to take part in the demonstrative activities. The session was very lively and enjoyable throughout the day.

In the first topic, community members alongside the facilitator discussed in depth on transmission of diseases and the major carriers in their homes. This involves; feces, fingers, flies, fields, fluids, food among others. The community members were sensitized on practices of maintaining high sanitation standards such as hand washing, cleaning food before eating and cleaning the surfaces where food is prepared.

For any social and economic development, adequate sanitation in conjunction with good hygiene and safe water are essential to good health. Inadequate access to clean water and poor sanitation results to the spread of deadly diseases.

“The training has been instrumental in empowering us to be independent and grasp the knowledge of owning the projects as our own,” said Mr. Kyuli.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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01/20/2020: Utuneni Community project underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Utuneni Community drains time, energy, and health from people here. 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 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

Facebook Donations
Fishing Creek Baptist Church
Amy and Colin Winter Foundation
Charities Aid Foundation of America
Tyler's Campaign for Water

And 3 other fundraising page(s)
39 individual donor(s)