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The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -
The Water Project: Deliverance Church Kakamega -

Project Status



Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2016

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 08/28/2019

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Community Profile

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!

Project Updates


12/19/2017: A Year Later: Deliverance Church

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and latrines with the communities surrounding Deliverance Church in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can 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 partner, Faith Muthama, with you.


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Project Type

Rainwater Catchment

Rainwater is collected off strategic areas of a roof, enters a custom guttering system (which filters out debris) and leads to a storage tank. Tanks can vary in sizes and are determined by population and average rainfall patterns. Water can be stored for months, is easily treated in the tank, and is accessible through taps. These projects are implemented at schools with proper roof lines and gutter systems to make them successful.


A Year Later: Deliverance Church

November, 2017

The lives of those using this water project have improved in terms of sanitation – the church is cleaned three times a week unlike before. The church members also get access to safe drinking water unlike before where people used to suffer from water borne diseases.

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Deliverance Church Kakamega.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Deliverance Church Kakamega maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

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A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and latrines with the communities surrounding Deliverance Church in Western Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can 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 partner, Faith Muthama, with you.


The lives of those using this water project have improved in terms of sanitation – the church is cleaned three times a week unlike before. The church members also get access to safe drinking water unlike before where people used to suffer from water borne diseases.

When I reached at the church compound, I saw it sparkling clean. The liter at the compost was well taken care of by burning. Inside the church was clear, meaning it was cleaned by using the water at the tank. The tank area was cleaned too and the water coming out of the tank was clean meaning it was dosed properly.

Senior Pastor Jackson Wambua shared how life has changed because of the rainwater catchment system built last year. “The community members around the church have been coming to fetch water from the tank because before there was no water point nearby to access clean water. The church has a banana plantation of which they use the water in the tank to irrigate it. The other thing to note is that, the church is also constructing Sunday school classes and the constructors used the water from the tank, thus saving the church a lot of money that would have been used to pay women who supply water on site. We have also noted that, the church members both children and the adults fetch water to drink from the tank on Sundays. The church is also cleaned three times a week using the water from the tank,” he said.

“Before the tank was contracted, we as children used to carry water for drinking from home,” explains 10 year-old Liz Ogamba. “This was cumbersome and at times we would lose the containers.”

As staff, we will be carrying out monitoring and evaluation of the facilities so as to serve the community and also improve their lives.


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 4 times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.


Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Deliverance Church Kakamega maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

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