Reliable Water for Kavili Community
Our main entry point into Kavili Community has been the Kavili Self-Help Group, which is comprised of 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.
The community still relies on scoopholes to fetch water for their own use. The water drawn from these holes is usually dirty and unsafe for direct consumption. Having a shallow well will provide them with clean drinking water. It will also be easier to use the pump, taking them less time to draw water.
Scoopholes are open and often exposed to contamination, as they are relied on by both human beings and livestock. The water is prone to contaminants that expose the locals to diseases such as typhoid, amoeba, and other water-related diseases. The other sand dam/shallow well projects that villagers may rely on are far from their village, hence the preference of scoopholes.
This community is situated in semi-arid land that receives little to no rainfall as a result of climate change. The households in Kavili village are made of bricks, mud, or thatches and fitted with iron sheet roofing. The terrain is hilly and the dirt roads are rocky and bumpy.
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 bring clean water closer to families.
These community members currently do their best to practice good hygiene and sanitation, but their severe lack of water has been a big hindrance to reaching their fullest potential.
We will hold hygiene and sanitation training sessions with the Self-Help Group and other community members to teach about important hygiene practices and daily habits to establish at the personal, household, and community level. This training will help to ensure that participants have the knowledge they need to make the most out of their new water point as soon as water is flowing.
One of the most important topics we plan to cover is the handling, storage, and treatment of water. Having a clean water source will be extremely helpful, but it is useless if water gets contaminated by the time it is consumed. We will also emphasize the importance of handwashing.
We and the community strongly believe that all of these components will work together to improve living standards here, which will help to unlock the potential for these community members to live better, healthier lives.
We typically work with self-help groups for 3 to 5 years on multiple water projects. We will conduct follow-up visits and refresher trainings during this period and remain in contact with the group after all of the projects are completed to support their efforts to improve sanitation and hygiene.