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The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -
The Water Project: Mbindi Community A -

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 450 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Aug 2016

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/01/2018

Project Features


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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).

Welcome to the Community

Mbindi Self-Help Group is a new group formed in the year 2015 by a total of 27 households. The group is concerned about how to improve social well-being of its members. Its main activities included merry-go-rounds (contribute funds set aside for the group’s needs) and soil conservation at each member’s farm. However, the community’s efforts towards planting trees have not been fruitful — severe water shortages in the area affect the establishment of nurseries.

The main water sources began to dry up and could not provide water for this community with a large population of 800. The riverbeds are bone dry and the protected springs located four kilometers away are no longer reliable.

(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.)

“We used to sleep at the water point due to long lines and depleted recharging of wells,” reported one group member during our baseline surveys. The community, with the help of their neighbors from Yavili Self-Help Group (click here to see a project by Yavili!), approached ASDF staff to seek assistance in alleviating their huge water shortage.

The water shortage issue will be tackled head-on by a five-year program to build sand dams, dig wells and educate the community.

Water Situation

This community is located in a fairly hilly terrain which is also densely populated. The main water sources are natural springs. Due to the growth in population, the vegetation surrounding the springs has been destroyed, hence affecting the recharge rate of the springs.

Thus, community members must form a line to wait for their water. Moreover, they are waiting for water from unprotected springs that are open to contamination. Most of this contamination comes from people around the spring themselves, but it also comes with the rain that washes waste into the water.

Women normally use 20-liter jerrycans to fetch water for their families. They will either carry this container on their backs, or will bring a donkey that can carry multiple jerrycans. Once home, a woman like Muli Mutisos will consolidate all of this water into a larger plastic barrel (see Muli and her homestead in the pictures below!).

Because of the hurdles when fetching water, people are willing to pay a price. Many young people have dropped out of school to fetch water to sell.

Alternatively, there are some private boreholes in the community that allow neighbors to pay 40 shillings per 20-liter jerrycan of water. This is unaffordable for many families.

Local farmer Boniface Waita says that “During the driest months of the year, fetching water becomes a very expensive activity. We miss cooking meals that require a lot of water, since water is expensive. It’s a challenge especially to families who do not have steady incomes.”

Many members of this community view clear water as safe water, and thus do not practice any form of water treatment.

Sanitation Situation

100% of households have a pit latrine, though shallow. Many of these are in smelly and dirty condition. Nonetheless, open defication is not an issue.

All of the households have a dedicated room for bathing, and over 75% of them have helpful tools like dish racks and clotheslines. There are no hand-washing stations, though.

Since locals rely on farming, they view composting as very important. Waste is disposed in a pit at the back of each compound.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Self-help group members will be trained for two days on hygiene and sanitation. Based on our initial survey of the area, the facilitator has decided to focus on water treatment and personal hygiene.

Plans: Hand-Dug Well

This hand-dug well will be located adjacent to the sand dam that Mbindi Self-Help Group is building (click here to see the sand dam project). The sand dam will compliment the well by raising the water table and naturally filtering its water. As the dam matures, the water will become both more accessible and cleaner.

The construction process for this well will consist of digging, lining with concrete, developing, covering with a well pad, and then installing an AfriDev pump. Self-help group members will monitor the quantity of water in the well, and will regulate its use when necessary.

Thank You for your generosity that unlocks hope for Mbindi Self-Help Group and their families! 

Project Updates


12/19/2017: A Year Later: Mbindi Self-Help Group Well

A year ago, generous donors helped build a hand-dug well for the Mbindi Self-Help Group in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partners Titus Mbithi and Mutheu Mutune with you.


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08/17/2016: Mbindi New Well Project Complete

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, the members of the Mbindi Self-Help Group and their families in Kenya have a new source of safe, clean water. A new hand-dug well has been constructed adjacent to a sand dam, which will build up sand to raise the water table and naturally filter water pumped by the well. The self-help group members have also received training in sanitation and hygiene, and plan to share what they learned with their families and neighbors. You made it happen, now help keep the water flowing! Join our team of monthly donors and help us maintain this well and many other projects.

The report below from our partner gives the latest details of the project. We also just updated the project page with new pictures. Make sure to click on the “See Photos & Video” tab to check them out!

Project Result: New Knowledge

Hygiene and sanitation training was held at the self-help group chairman’s household. The group decided on the dates best for them, when they would be least busy on their farms. Once dates were decided on, invitations were extended to each member. A total of 26 out of the 27 group members were in attendance for the three days of training.

The training facilitator used pictures, posters, demonstrations, lectures, role plays, and group discussions to teach the following sessions: Mapping Water and Sanitation in the Community, Good and Bad Behaviors and Practices, How Disease is Spread, Blocking the Spread of Disease, Choosing Disease Barriers, Choosing Sanitation Improvements (building hand-washing stations, latrines, dish racks, and clotheslines), Choosing Improved Health Behaviors (buying soap, treating water, brushing teeth, etc.).

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Through the three days of training, we were able to identify areas of improvement among the members and their families. We then drafted a schedule for implementing viable improvements within the community, such as digging latrines and building hand-washing stations. The group also identified individuals to form a committee responsible for oversight, management, and maintenance of the hand-dug well.

Group members were very happy with the hygiene and sanitation foundation that was established, and look forward to building on that in the coming four years of partnership. Regina Mutuku, a training participant said, “It was a funny training. From roles plays used I realized not all people do the basic activities of hygiene like hand-washing. I really enjoyed and learnt a lot!”

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Project Result: Hand-Dug Well

Construction for this new well began on May 11th.

Construction started with the preparation of the site next to the sand dam where well was to be dug. The location of the swallow well adjacent to the sand dam makes it an ideal place for water recharge, since the dam raises the water table and naturally filters that water. More water points in the future will also reduce the pressure on the existing shallow well, enabling it to recharge at a steady pace throughout the year.

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It was the rainy season during the time of construction, so great care had to be taken to ensure that the well’s walls wouldn’t be weakened by the rains. This meant that only a few feet could be dug in a single day. The self-help group members divided themselves into smaller groups so tasks could be delegated and completed quickly. The excavation of the well took 12 days, and then the walling and casing of the well took another 12 days. After the concrete was left to cure, the new AfriDev pump was installed. The community was active and participated in all stages of construction so that the project could be completed on time.

Farmer and self-help group member Richard Muasya said, “We really worked hard to ensure that our children will not walk for long hour to fetch water like we walked.”


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07/18/2016: Mbindi Hand-Dug Well Project Underway

We are excited to announce that a project to provide clean water for the Mbindi Self-Help Group and their community in Kenya is underway. A new well is being constructed and the community will attend a training on helpful sanitation and hygiene practices. Together these resources will go a long way in stopping the spread of disease in the area. We just posted a report including an introduction to the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures. We will keep you posted as the work continues.

Click on the tabs above to learn more, and Thank You for your generous help!


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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


A Year Later: Mbindi Hand-Dug Well

December, 2017

I decided to start farming using water from the project, and I managed to grow spinach, kales and tomatoes. These vegetables we used to consume at home with my family and better yet, I could sell.

A year ago, generous donors helped build a hand-dug well for the Mbindi Self-Help Group in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partners Titus Mbithi and Mutheu Mutune with you.


Even though it’s only been a year, many things have changed since the installation of this hand-dug well. The distance to water has greatly decreased from three kilometers to less than a kilometer for every single member of Mbindi Self-Help Group. The water has enabled them to establish a tree nursery where they have planted fruit trees such as avocado, mango, pawpaw, and timber. Once these trees mature and start bearing fruit, this community will be one of the only suppliers of fruit to the local market. The fruits will also be consumed at the family level, boosting their health and nutrition. The project has helped them establish vegetable plots at their homes, which provide them with various vegetables such as kales, sukuma wiki, capsicum, tomatoes ,and so on. The number of meals taken per day has increased from two to three for many families.

And thanks to the surplus of water an adjacent sand dam provides, this hand-dug well is able to pump clean, safe water from the catchment area.

Two young ladies fetch water at Mbindi’s hand-dug well during our visit there.

We met Regina Kilonzo and her son, 17-year-old David Kilonzo, to talk about how their lives have changed.

Mrs. Kilonzo said, “My children no longer waste time like before going to look for water for domestic use, because we have a water source near us which is clean and safe for drinking. Their hygiene has also improved because they now wash their clothes anytime they want, and they take a bath daily. Previously, one could not take a bath daily because we used to ration water. This made us stay and look dirty and uncomfortable when in the midst of other people. Our self-esteem was very low, and especially my children could not perform well because of the mockery they could receive from other children at school. We are thankful and grateful for this project because things like diseases have reduced and we can now afford three meals a day which come from our small plots in our home. I won’t fail to mention the improved performance for my children, who no longer waste time going to fetch water but rather utilize the time to read and do their homework.”

Mrs. Kilonzo proudly stands in front of all of the things she’s planted for kitchen use.

David Kilonzo added his own story, saying “After I finished my primary school last year, my parents didn’t have enough money to send me to a technical school. I decided to start farming using water from the project, and I managed to grow spinach, kales and tomatoes. These vegetables we used to consume at home with my family and better yet, I could sell. I got 1,500 shillings, which I saved and bought seedlings for planting next time. Our nutrition has improved and we no longer lack food to eat. My mother used to borrow food from neighbors, but ever since the project came here we plant things like cassava, sweet potatoes and such type of crops which are highly nutritional and we are now a healthy family. I am hoping that the next vegetable farming I’ll do will give me a good income for my school fees and also for supporting my siblings. The project has enabled us to establish a tree nursery with almost 700 trees which we will sell towards the short rains and the income we will use to establish another nursery and cater for other family activities. The tree survival rate compared to before has improved, and the environment generally has improved. I also made bricks which I hope to start constructing my own house soon!”

Field Officer Mutheu Mutune interviews David Kilonzo.

This project has helped the community in an extraordinary way when it comes to drinking water. Previously, they had to travel up to five hours one way to find safe water in the highlands. This community has also used their nearby water source for farming and planting trees to the fullest extent. They have dug terraces for their farming land, which they were trained to do. This has helped them conserve their soil and water in general. The yields from their farms have improved, and they are expected to improve even more as time goes by.


The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to four times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.