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Location: Kenya

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 436 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date:   (Explain This?)  02/15/2018

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Community Profile & Stories

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

Kyeni kya Karuli Self-Help Group was formed in the year 1978. The group members come from two villages: Waita Town with a population of 280 people, and Karuli Village with a population of 156 people.

The purpose of the group was to tackle food insecurity and water shortage through the area of both resources. There was a major famine and drought at that time that caused a huge loss of livestock. The massive losses pushed many into poverty.

The members of this group mean to support each other in every way possible. Soon after its start in 1983, the group was able to finish its first sand dam. However, because of weak structural design, the dam collapsed under the heavy storm rains of 1997. During the years between 1983 and 1997, the group’s sand dam made water more accessible to farmers, and in turn provided more food. With its loss, food and water shortage threatened families once again.

The group finished its first sand dam and hand-dug well system last year, with community members from near and far traveling to enjoy clean water.

Water Situation

Group members enjoy access to water from their first sand dam. They are even selling its water to the entire village, and making a tidy sum out of it.

Most households have at least one donkey that can carry four 20-liter jerrycans at once, which is especially useful for families living far away from water.

Having this resource has drawn a lot of attention to Karuli Village, with people traveling up to eight kilometers to fetch water at the sand dam system. The members of Kyeni kya Karuli now find the sand dam crowded, with long lines at the hand-dug well and scoop holes.

Sanitation Situation

This group is in the second year of our five year development program. They were trained during the construction of their first successful sand dam last year, and have grown immensely since then.

100% of households have a pit latrine. Open defecation is no longer an issue here. Over 75% have bathing shelters, hand-washing stations, and dish racks and clotheslines. The hand-washing stations even have soap!

The families who have made these improvements say that they’ve seen improvements in health, too.

Plans: Reminders and Follow-Up

Our field officers were pleased with the changes happening in each household of Karuli Community. They spent extra time at the Kimanzi and David households to take pictures and conduct interviews to capture the community’s view of this change. Right now, it’s most important for us to celebrate the households that have built new latrines and sanitation tools and are using them.

While it appears they’re right on track in implementing their action plan, we will continue to work with them to strengthen their weaknesses. For example: Though all households have a designated place for garbage disposal, many still have not dug a pit to keep animals out of the litter. Having a pit will also keep trash from blowing around the household compound.

Plans: Sand Dam

The group has selected a spot down the river from their first sand dam, and our technical team has already verified the technical viability of this location.

This second dam is projected to be 25 meters long and 4.5 meters high.

This new dam will bring more water to families like the Kimanzis, who are living far away from the first sand dam. It will also alleviate congestion there. 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.

Recent Project Updates

01/02/2018: Karuli Community Sand Dam Underway

Karuli Community in Kenya will soon be transformed by the construction of a sand dam. The dam will build up sand and eventually catch rainwater to help raise the water table in the area, providing clean water and helping with agriculture. We just posted an initial report including information about the community, maps, and pictures. We’ll keep you posted as the work continues!

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Project Data

Project Type:  Sand Dam
Location:  Kitui, Waita, Karuli
ProjectID: 4775


Project Underwriter - Alan and Lesley Pedersen
Gregory Lee and Family
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
Highland Park Church
Hillsville Elementary School
Cape Fear Drilling Service Campaign for Water
Tim Joyce LJ Hooker Port Macquarie for Water
Aqeel's Campaign for Clean Water
La campagne de l'eau
YES! What's next? Campaign for Water

And 3 other fundraising page(s)
7 individual donor(s)

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Country Details


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.