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The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Benard Wambua
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Reliable Water
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Titus Mutungi
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Finished Dam
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Finished Dam
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Finished Dam
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Finished Dam
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Finished Dam
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Finished Dam
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Construction Phase
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training Making Soap
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Review Training
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  More Training Pictures From Training Last Year
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household
The Water Project: Syakama Community -  Household

Project Status



Project Type:  Sand Dam

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jul 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/02/2019

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

The Syakama Self-Help Group was formed in 2015, and now has 34 members. The members come from three different villages. The motivation for their coming together is to tackle water insecurity issues within the three villages.

As of last year, the average age of group members is 42. Some members have started “Zero Grazing” (dairy farming) as a means of income. Without sufficient access to water, this activity is bound to fail despite heavy investments during startup. After discussions with members, we learned they have a strong belief that investing in water projects like this shallow well and other sand dams will enable them to solve the water crisis; a huge burden which their parents also had to endure throughout their lives. With water nearby, the members plan to invest in initiatives such as farming and tree-planting, which have great potential to improve living standards.

The self-help group approached ASDF for support in constructing another sand dam and shallow well further down River Miseke. The first system was built last year in Kavumbu, and now they’d like to increase water access in Syakama.

Water Situation

The first sand dam and well system were built in a location along the riverbed that was closest to a portion of group members. However, there are still members who live further down the river who must spend a huge portion of their day fetching water. To cut down on trips to the first hand-dug well, these far-away group members load up their donkeys to carry as many water containers as possible.

Sanitation Situation

Though from different villages, all of the self-help group members were trained together last year (click here to see that). Revisiting a year later has encouraged our trainers; it is apparent that members taught their families valuable hygiene and sanitation practices, and shared those with their neighbors.

All Syakama households still have their own pit latrines. 100% of these families also have dedicated bathing rooms for practicing personal hygiene. Every home has a dish rack and clothesline for drying things up off the ground, and over 3/4 of families have a hand-washing station.

As we visited these families, they were enthusiastic to receive us and show us their homes.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Review

Because of the obvious positive uptake of knowledge shared last year, we’ve decided to hold review sessions for two days. Our trainers will continue to stress the importance of treating water before consuming it. We will also strengthen the committee in charge of water point management and maintenance, equipping them with the skills to ensure there’s clean water for generations to come.

The group members who have not yet constructed a hand-washing station will be reminded of its importance in preventing communicable diseases.

Plans: Sand Dam

The Syakama Self-Help Group has decided that this second sand dam and hand-dug well system should be constructed further down the river in Syakama. As of now, folks living in Syakama Village have to walk to the first system in Kavumbu.

The group members worked with our staff to find the best place along the riverbed where it is convenient for locals and viable for construction. We estimate that the sand dam will be 37.4 meters long and 3.3 meters high.

As the sand dam matures, it will build up sand and naturally filter the river’s water and the rainwater supplied during the rainy season.

It will raise the water table and transform the land, making it fertile for farming. With the ongoing installation of a hand-dug well (click here to view that project), water from this sand dam will be safely used for drinking.

Project Updates


09/20/2018: A Year Later: Syakama Community Sand Dam

A year ago, generous donors helped construct a sand dam and hand-dug well for Syakama Community in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories. Read more…


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Project Photos


Project Type

Sand Dam

Seasonal streams (and the sand they carry) are trapped by dams, replenishing the water table and allowing for adjacent hand-dug wells. Almost completely led by community-supplied sweat and materials, and under the supervision of engineers, dams are strategically placed within those dry river-beds. The next time it rains, flood-waters are trapped.

With a sand dam, this trapped sand begins to hold millions of gallons of rainwater. Soon enough, sand reaches the top of the dam, allowing water to continue downstream – where it meets the next dam. The result? A regional water table is restored.


A Year Later: Syakama Community

September, 2018

Closer access to water is changing lives in this community. Benard Wambua started a brick-making business and is growing new crops, thanks to the dam and well.

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Syakama Community.

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

We’re confident you'll love joining this world-changing group committed to sustainability!

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A year ago, generous donors helped construct a sand dam and hand-dug well for Syakama Community in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – and we’re excited to share this one from Joe Kioko with you.


There’s a big difference in the lives of Syakama villagers, thanks to a year of access to clean drinking water right in the village. But the biggest difference which has a direct impact on livelihoods and income has been the ability to engage in agricultural projects next to the dams by taking advantage of the massive pools of water collected.

One community member, Kyalo Nyungu, cleared some land near the sand dam. He planted a variety of crops that he never could have grown before, including tomatoes, onions, and spinach. He harvested the crops months later and sold the produce at the local market, making $400. That is $400 in additional money, thanks to the sand dam and adjoining well.

It is having an impact on other community members too. Benard Wambua no longer has to walk a long distance to access water. He also said his home is cleaner now, thanks to the training he received and the improved access to water. Benard too witnessed his crops improve on his own land and for his neighbors. And he struck out to start a business producing bricks to sell, using the readily available water.

Benard Wambua

Construction of the dam and well is only one step along the journey toward sustainable access to clean water. The Water Project is committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by donors like you, allows us to maintain our relationships with communities by visiting up to 4 times each year to ensure that the water points are safe and reliable.

This is just one of the many ways that we monitor projects and communicate with you. Additionally, you can always check the functionality status and our project map to see how all of our water points are performing, based on our consistent monitoring data.

One project is just a drop in the bucket towards ending the global water crisis, but the ripple effects of this project are truly astounding. This sand dam and hand-dug well in Syakama is changing many lives.

“Before we had the protected shallow wells, there were a lot of unprotected shallow wells along the river which were not only health hazards but also death traps for the community members,” Titus Mutungi said.

That is a problem of the past. The community now has a well nearby that is also safe.

Titus Mutungi

This is only possible because of the web of support and trust built between The Water Project, our local teams, the community, and you. We are excited to stay in touch with this community and support their journey with safe water.

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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 Syakama Community maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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

The most impactful way to continue your support of Syakama Community – and hundreds of other places just like this – is by joining our community of monthly givers.

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Project Sponsor - Barbara Belle Ash Dougan Foundation