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Location: Kenya

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed

Functionality Status:  Functional



Community Profile & Stories

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the Church

Deliverance Church Kakamega, also referred to as Christ Celebration Centre, is located at Otiende Estate, Sheywe location, Lurambi Sub-County of Kakamega County. Dr. Reverend Jackson Muttama Wambua and his wife, Pastor Zipporah Wambua, planted the church in 1994. At that time, the church had neither a building or church members to attend. Reverend Wambua and his wife decided to organize a rally at Mulino Gardens, Kakamega. There, they shared the word of God and encouraged the public to believe in Christ Jesus and try attending church. Because of their efforts to share, they managed to recruit a few new members for their church. They then started to rent a place now known as the Franca Hotel. Since then, they’ve grown and graduated from building to building; they now meet in a pavilion hall and have been there for 12 years. Within that period of time, the church membership has grown so much that they are starting new branches of the church in the Kakamega area.

The church plans on hosting a school within the church compound so as to help the surrounding community. Reverend Wambua says, “We have come from far and God has been faithful to us. Today we have a total population of 1500 members who attend the Sunday service, 700 children  and 800 adults!” Apart from the Sunday service, the church is busy with various activities throughout the week.  On Mondays, there is a consultation and counseling service in which 50-100 people participate. On Tuesdays, there is a fellowship night which 100-300 people attend.

(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 church and their community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so that adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

On Wednesdays, there is Bible study which 100-300 people attend. On Thursdays, there is choir practice for the 100 choir members. On Fridays, there is a consultation, counseling, and overnight prayer service that on average draws 500. On Saturdays, there is another choir practice. There is literally something going on every day at this church!

Water Situation

There is piped water into some of the church buildings, but it is extremely unreliable. Weeks can go by without water in the pipes! The institution doesn’t have any water storage either. When there is no water in the tap, the entire church lacks water to quench thirst, and no cleaning gets done. If parents don’t carry water with them to church, especially on Sundays, the young Sunday School children suffer the most. “I remember the other day we had regional leader’s conference, and we had visitors from [far and wide]. We had a big problem since there was no water and in the process, food was delayed. Some [church] members had to run around in search of water. It was really embarrassing,” Reverend Wambua shared.

Sanitation Situation

Sanitation is also a challenge. The only available latrines are two stalls just for women. There is an average of 450 women at church on Sunday! Imagine the lines at these two latrines. The men must cross the street to a neighbor’s latrine. Sometimes when a man has to use the bathroom, he’ll find that the generous neighbor is not at home and has the gate locked. When this happens, men have no other choice but to find a private place outside to use the bathroom. This is a huge problem during Friday’s overnight prayers. Remember, there’s a total of 350 men who are church members!

Children must share the latrines with female adults. Most of the children fear using those latrines because the hole over the pit is so large. A small child could fall inside! The church doesn’t have any hand-washing facilities, so there’s no way to clean up after using the bathroom. There’s often no water to clean the latrines themselves!

There is a huge lack of water to meet both the health needs and sanitary needs of this church community. With a water project here, members will have enough water to drink and to clean their church facility.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Church members will be trained for a few days on a variety of health, hygiene and sanitation topics. This training will result in church members donning the roles of health workers and water user committee members. The training facilitator plans to use PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training), CLTS (Community-Led Total Sanitation), and ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development) methods to teach the committee and health workers on how to best oversee and maintain this project, and also how to promote health in their church and own homes. We are encouraging 16 church members with strong leadership qualities to be part of our training program.

Plans: Hand-Washing Stations

Two hand-washing stations will be delivered and kept near the latrines so that church members have a place to clean up. The water user committee will be responsible for making sure these water barrels are full of water on a daily basis, and that there is always a cleaning agent like soap or ash available. These hand-washing stations come with stands and are fitted with taps, and will be a more permanent solution for the church. We will also train participants on how to improvise more hand-washing stations for the large church population.

Plans: VIP Latrines

Two triple-door VIP (ventilation improved pit) latrines will be constructed, three stalls for each gender. Church members will help gather some of the local materials used in construction, such as sand, stone, and bricks.

With these new latrines, men will no longer have to leave church in search of a place to use the bathroom! The lines at the women’s latrines will also be drastically reduced. And with water from the rainwater catchment tank, all of these latrines can be kept clean!

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank

A 30,000-liter rainwater catchment tank is planned for this project. Church members will also gather extra materials for this project, and will also lend helping hands to the construction process. After its completion, the water user committee will be primarily responsible for ensuring the tank is kept safe and is well-maintained. Once it rains, the tank can start serving the church community!


Recent Project Updates


12/01/2016: Deliverance Church Kakamega Project Complete

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, the members and staff of Deliverance Church Kakamega in Kenya have a new source of safe, clean water: A new rainwater catchment system has been built, and there are now six new latrines being used (we are working on getting pictures of the finished latrines and will update you when we have them). Two hand-washing stations have been installed, and church members and staff have received training in sanitation and hygiene. Just imagine the difference these resources will make in the lives of these students!

You made it happen, now help keep the water flowing! Join our team of monthly donors and help us maintain this rainwater catchment tank 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 inside the church. Church leaders helped select church members to attend training sessions. The responsible men and women selected now form a water user committee that will oversee and maintain the new facilities at church. They themselves are leaders who have the ability to teach other church members about proper hygiene and sanitation. A total of 26 people showed up excited to learn, fully aware that they attend the first church in Kakamega to receive water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance.

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They were so excited and honored to be the first! These participants were inquisitive, open-minded, and invested in learning how to clean, fix, and chlorinate their new rainwater catchment tank.

We covered topics including but not limited to:

– Water pollution and water treatment

– Personal and environmental hygiene

– Group dynamics, leadership, and governance

– Forming an effective water user committee

– Hand-washing

One of the most lively and interesting parts of training was when we talked about hand-washing. We were brainstorming ideas on how to keep from touching the water tap after washing. One of the participants demonstrated how he’d do it: close the tap using his elbow! The whole church broke out in laughter as they watched him.

Mike Ochieng was one of the members who attended each session. “I am the happiest person among these believers! This project has introduced the best version of myself to me. The tank is now helping us get access to clean and safe drinking water. Doing light chores in the church such as cleaning has been made easier for us. I used to have a problem of getting water to clean the church, but now I can get it through the tank,” he said.

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Project Result: Hand-Washing Stations

The two hand-washing stations were delivered to church and handed over to the water user committee. They will teach other church members how to properly wash hands at these stations, and will make sure there is always soap or ash available.

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Project Result: Pour Flush Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new VIP (ventilated improved pit) latrines. However, church leadership was motivated to fundraise a little extra money to make the latrines pour flush. The tank will provide enough water for flushing; instead of water coming from a cistern above the bowl, water is poured by the user. And with a rainwater catchment tank, there should be enough water to keep latrines clean all the time! These new latrines will give church members a place to use the bathroom on their own property.

The only challenge was the extra time it took for the church to raise supplementary funds. If they wanted the standard VIP latrines, we would have been able to start immediately.

Reverend Jackson Wambua said, “I thank you for partnering with us to construct a rainwater catchment tank and flush toilets at Deliverance Church Kakamega. Initially, we had no water source for safe, clean water, nor water to use for church ceremonies. But now we do have safe drinking water and enough water to be used during church ceremonies. Also, we had scarce sanitation facilities such as toilets and hand-washing facilities, of which we hand none! But because of you, we now do have them.”

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Project Result: Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction for this 30,000-liter rainwater catchment tank began on August 23rd.

The process began with clearing the site and leveling it out to ensure a stable foundation. Stones were layered on the level ground and then reinforced with steel mesh. This was then covered with concrete and waterproof cement. The drawing pipe and washout pipe outlets were prepared at this time. The wall was built out to five inches using ferro-cement techniques. The inner wall was finished with smooth plastering, and the outside was roughly cast. After the superstructure was given enough time to set, the roof was domed. A manhole cover, inlet pipes, gutters, inlet screens, and ventilation pipes, and overflow pipes were prepared at this time as well.

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Finally, a catchment area with a staircase was built at the side of the tank. Drainage was also connected to a soak pit. The tank was left to cure from three to four weeks, and then was cleaned out in preparation for rainwater collection.

All the while, church members helped collect local materials like sand, ballast, and hardcore. They also provided food and accommodations for both the artisans and work volunteers. Women also helped fetch water throughout the day, and men helped supervise construction work and the curing process.

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This project has created such a buzz in the church. On the day the tank was finished, the congregation gathered to sing songs of praise. And with proper water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities, the church will be able to better serve its members and the community!


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11/17/2016: Deliverance Church Kakamega Project Underway

We are excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, Deliverance Church in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A rainwater catchment tank and new latrines are being constructed, hand-washing stations provided, and the church members are being trained on proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Imagine the impact this will have on these people! Thank you for noticing the need here, and we’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Thank You for your care and generosity that unlocks potential for the people who attend Deliverance Church Kakamega!


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Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Kakamega, Lurambi, Sheywe, Otiende
ProjectID: 4620
Install Date:  12/01/2016

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 07/15/2017

Visit History:
10/31/2016 — Functional
04/05/2017 — Functional
04/05/2017 — Functional
07/15/2017 — Functional




Country Details

Kenya

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

Partner Profile

Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO) works together with less privileged and marginalized members of communities in Western Kenya to reduce poverty through harnessing and utilization of local resources for sustainable development.