Itatini Self-Help Group Sand Dam



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Country:
Kenya

Program:
Sand Dams in Kenya

GPS:
Latitude -1.59
Longitude 37.56

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Africa Sand Dam Foundation. Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Because of this sand dam project, another project at the same location is enabled.  A shallow well is being constructed that will only work because this dam will raise the water table in the area. To see the shallow well project, click here.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Itatini self-help group was formed in the year 2012. It has a membership of 37, with 22 females and 15 males. The members of the group come from three villages: Mukimwani Village which has 330 males and 340 females; Kivani Village has 213 males and 201 females; and Katitu Village has 200 males and 190 females. The total population from all three of the villages is 1474. The village is located in Mukimwani Sub-Location which has a population 5202 people.

(Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

Economy

The main socio economic activities for the group members include:

– 16.67% depend on causal labour. Causal labour is an activity where one engages on household related jobs which are not frequently available. They also depend on the season e.g. most causal labour happens during harvest time and planting season.

– 10 % are employed members in different professionals e.g. teachers

– 66.67 % of the group depend on farming while 6.67% operate small businesses.

Water Source

The main source of water for the area is the river where 90% of the respondents fetch water. 3.333 % depend on a nearby shallow well which is unprotected. 3.333 %  of the group gets water from roof catchment tanks at their households. A majority have to travel 3-4 kilometres to fetch water while 10% travel 2-3 kilometers and 16.67% travel  less than 1 kilometre. And these distances are one way! The majority spends 2-3 hours per day fetching water.

Agricultural Practices

Agriculture is the livelihood for the community. Many group members admitted that as of late they have reaped a poor harvest. The main reasons for poor harvests mentioned were poor seed quality and the inability to invest in tools to practise soil and water conservation through terracing. ASDF projects will seek to empower the farmers in practicing climate-smart agriculture which entails planting drought-tolerant seeds, tree-planting and digging of terraces to help conserve soil from erosion and boost soil fertility, thus improving the harvests of the farmers.

The project objectives will therefore involve:

– Improving the water security of the area by construction of one sand dam and one shallow well to serve a population of 1474 people. This will help reduce the distance traveled and time taken to fetch water.

– Improving food security by promoting soil and water conservation. Farmers will be supported with terracing tools, trained on terrace-digging and climate-smart agriculture to boost their yields.

– Increase knowledge on hygiene and sanitation practices through the training and implementation of PHAST. The group will be trained on basic PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Trainings). Action plans on implementation of tippy taps to promote hand washing and promoting treament of water. ASDF will continously monitor the water quality of the water point using mWater software.

Construction

The sand dam construction began on October 5th and is still in progress. Unexpected rains immobilized the efforts of workers for a long period of time. Completion is projected for sometime in early December.

Project Results

Construction of Itatini’s sand dam is now complete. As this dam matures, it will both raise the water table and naturally filter the water pumped by Itatini’s shallow well. The self-help group and community thank you for giving them the means to purchase and gather materials, construct, and maintain this project. It couldn’t have been done without you!


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Recent Project Updates


12/04/2015: Itatini Self-Help Group Sand Dam Complete

We are excited to share with you that the sand dam for the Itatini Self-Help Group is now complete. This dam will mature over time, soaking up water into the riverbed that will be accessed by a shallow well constructed for another project. The dam will protect the collected water and ensure there is always an adequate and safe supply for Itatini farmers and their families. Please take some time to enjoy the updated report and pictures. None of this good work would have been possible without your generosity!

The Water Project, Itatini Community and Self-Help Group Thank You for unlocking potential!


The Water Project : kenya4445-08-grateful-group


11/17/2015: Itatini Sand Dam Project Underway

Thank you so much for being a part of this project! We are excited to let you know that construction on the sand dam for Itatini is well underway. In addition to the dam, our partner will be training the community in sanitation and hygiene, all of which will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area.

We just updated a report that includes community information, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the community working hard to make this dam a reality!

Thank You for making the implementation of this project possible. We cannot do this without you!


The Water Project : kenya4445-01-trenching


Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Sand Dam
Location:  Central Kenya
ProjectID: 4445
Install Date:  11/11/2015

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 09/08/2017

Visit History:
05/30/2016 — Functional
07/12/2016 — Functional
12/15/2016 — Functional
05/22/2017 — Functional
09/08/2017 — Functional




Contributors

Glenmora Church of Christ
Data Abstract Solutions, Inc.
Tannen & Alex's Water Project
Middleburg UMC (3rd and 4th Grade Sunday Class)
Faith Chapel
The Hermosillo Family
Catherine Damico
Hartland Elementary School, 3-4 grades
Centricity

And 2 other fundraising page(s)
62 individual donor(s)


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Country Details

Kenya

Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF) supports self-help groups to harvest and conserve water through construction of sand dams & shallow wells, rock catchments and school roof catchments.