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The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  Latrine
The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  Using A Dish Rack
The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  Drying Pots
The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  In The Kitchen
The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  Kanyau Household
The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  Mary Kanyau
The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  Kianguni Shg Members
The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  Well
The Water Project: Katung'uli Community B -  Sand Dam

Project Status

Project Type:  Sand Dam

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 456 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  06/30/2018

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Community Profile

We’ve teamed up with Kianguni Self-Help Group, which is composed of workers and farmers who are fighting against water and food scarcity in their region. A majority of its members are from Katung’uli Community, where they’ve already implemented one successful sand dam and well system.

68% of the group members say that they rely on casual labor as their main source of income, which involves doing odd jobs on other people’s businesses or farms. This is regardless of their level of education because from our interviews we learned that those involved in casual labor are the most literate. Only 14% of the respondents own their own farms. However, their income is seasonal, and therefore not reliable. The rest have small businesses that require them to travel to the market every day. Only 5% of the community manages to make over 10,000 shillings a month.


Kianguni Group has successfully installed a sand dam and well system along with a sandy riverbed. Dozens of families are now getting their water from this system, but Katung’uli Community is in need of more clean water options. This water source is busy and is still far away from many other families living on the other side of the village. That’s why Kianguni Group has united with us to continue installing clean water systems in their area.

Those not living close enough to the clean water system are still getting their water from open holes dug in the ground. Common diseases like typhoid, bilharzia, and ringworm plague community members after they drink water from these open holes.


More and more households are building latrines, though many of these are basic and vary depending on the means of the family. Some don’t have doors, but just have a curtain hanging in the opening. After last year’s training, community members learned how to build a “tippy tap,” a hand-washing station made of a plastic container, sticks, and rope.

During our household visits, Mrs. Mutula and Mrs. Kanyau were gracious in letting us take pictures.

What we’re going to do:


We’re going to continue training Katung’uli Community on hygiene and sanitation practices. Though our visits to households were encouraging, we want to ensure that community members are practicing the day to day habits we’re not able to observe. Food hygiene, water hygiene and treatment, personal hygiene and handwashing will all be focused on during our next review.

Sand Dam

Building this sand dam at a spot further down the river will bring water closer to hundreds of other people. After the community picked the spot, our technical team went in and proved the viability by finding a good foundation of bedrock. Now, our engineers are busy drawing up the blueprints.

We are unified with this community to address the water shortage. As more sand dams are built, the environment will continue to transform. As the sand dams mature and build up more sand, the water tables will rise. Along with these sand dams, hand-dug wells (check out the hand-dug well being installed next to this dam) will be installed to give locals a good, safe way to access that water.

With these projects, clean water will be brought closer to hundreds living around Katung’uli, including the Kanyau and Mutula families.

This project is a part of our shared program with Africa Sand Dam Foundation. Our team is pleased to provide the reports for this project (formatted and edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates

03/26/2018: Katung'uli Community Sand Dam Underway

A severe clean water shortage still affects hundreds of families living in Katung’uli Community. Families are having to walk long distances to find clean water, wasting hours of time and tons of energy. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point nearby and much more.

Get to know your community through the introduction and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!

The Water Project : 2-kenya4863-fetching-water

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.


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