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The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Clothelines
The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Muthungya Household
The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Muthungya Household
The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Muthangya Household
The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Muthangya Household
The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Alice Muthangya
The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Nzalae Community Well
The Water Project: Ilandi Community -  Katalwa Twooka Oyu Shg Member Alice Muthangya

Project Status

Project Type:  Sand Dam

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  09/30/2018

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Community Profile

This is our second year working with the Katalwa Twooka Oyu Self-Help Group. We installed a dug well and hand pump alongside a sand dam to help households in the community access safe water in Nzalae Community last year, and plan to work in Ilandi this year.

However, we estimate a well can comfortably support 500 people, so more work needs to be done to ensure this region of more than 2,000 people can access safe water. That is why we work together with a particular group for five years to build sustainable water and sanitation solutions in group members’ villages.


Water in most parts of Kitui County is collected from unsafe open scoop holes in sandy seasonal rivers using 20-liter plastic jerrycans. This group draws water from their first shallow well. It is then loaded onto donkeys or some carry on their backs – especially those from households which cannot afford a donkey.

Some self-help group members from different villages live too far from the well. They’re exposed to long distances and the fatigue arising from journeys to the source. It also means that they are more likely to collect water from nearby open water sources. Implementing more projects evenly within this area will help bring water closer to everyone in the region.

“Over the past year, things have been doing pretty quite well with our first dam and well providing us with substantial amount water,” Mrs. Mary Nzoka said to us.

“However, some of us are still far from the project and we are looking to implement the next projects near those affected so as to bring water close to everyone”

This community has high levels of poverty with the majority of households unable to afford high capacity storage containers for their water.

The community showed commendable commitment to work on development projects, and after asking for another project it was easy to approve and continue working with them. Their goal is to bring water close to all of their group members in order to improve life in the region.

What we plan to do about it:

Our main entry point into Ilandi Community has been the Katalwa Twooka Oyu Self-Help Group, which is comprised of local farming households that are working together to address water and food scarcity in their region. These members will be our hands in feet in both constructing water projects and spreading the message of good hygiene and sanitation to everyone.


We’re going to continue training group members and their communities 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 a focus during our next review.

Sand Dam

Building this sand dam at a spot further down the Kiluu River in Ilandi 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 estimate the dam will be 50.7 meters long and 4.62 meters high.

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 in this region.

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 (edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

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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.