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The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Garbage Site
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Drying Rack
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Kyalo Household
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Kyalo Household
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Kyalo Household
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Catherine Kyalo
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  Syakama Shg Member Catherine Kyalo
The Water Project: Syatu Community -  A Well In Syakama

Project Status



Project Type:  Sand Dam

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/04/2018

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Community Profile

This is our third year working with the Syakama Self-Help Group. We worked with them to install a dug well and hand-pump alongside a sand dam to help households in Syakama Community access water. Before that, we brought water to people around Kavumbu. Now, Syakama Self-Help Group is planning to bring clean water to families living closer to Syatu.

However, we estimate a well can comfortably support a generous total of 500 people, so more work needs to be done to ensure this entire area can access safe water. That is why we work together with self-help groups for five years to build sustainable water and sanitation solutions, often spanning multiple communities.

The majority of people living in this area practice small-scale agriculture in their individual farms. The crop yields are often low due to low rainfall and erratic weather patterns, forcing a significant chunk of the population to work informal jobs in nearby Kathonzweni Town.

For majority community members, days start at 6am. The parents prepare the children to go to school. After that, the livestock are either taken out or tethered in the bush for grazing. Once that is done, the husband and wife are free to engage in the main income generating activities; farming, businesses, casual labor etc.

The Syakama self-help group members participated in the installation of two wells that are successfully producing safe water for many living around Syakama and Kavumbu. The construction of dams and wells eases the water challenges in the area with a substantial number of people now able to access water easily.

A good number of community members have been practicing treatment methods taught during the sanitation training such a boiling and chlorination. The majority of households now have latrines, but most of the latrines we visited were not well cleaned and had a bad smell. But things are getting better.

“There is improved hygiene and cleanliness at the household levels as the implemented projects have played a big role in providing water,” Mr. Bernard Wambua said.

Some members of Syatu Community live far from the already installed water projects. They must travel long distances to get safe water and tire as a result of lugging heavy containers of water. Syakama Self-Help Group reports that the majority of Syatu’s community members are elderly. Implementing more projects will help bring water closer to everyone.

What we plan to do about it:

Our main entry point into Syatu Community has been the Syakama Self-Help Group, which is comprised of 35 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.

Training

We’re going to continue training 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 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 estimate the dam will be 29.3 meters long and 2.25 meters high.

We are unified with these farmers 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 more accessible for hundreds living around Syakama, Kavumbu, and Syatu.


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.

Project Updates


07/03/2018: Syatu Community Project Schedule

It won’t be long now before the construction of the sand dam begins. As you can imagine, coordinating all of the people involved in this kind of project is the key to success. The field officers meet frequently with the community to verify that all the materials and volunteers are ready. They need to prepare accommodations for our artisans, too. Based on their last meeting, the community has decided that they need a few more weeks to prepare. We’ve adjusted the expected completion date for this project, and we look forward to keeping you updated as the artisans and trainers get to work in the coming months!


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05/22/2018: Syatu Community Sand Dam Underway

A clean water shortage around Syatu Community still affects hundreds of lives, draining time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this 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!


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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.



Contributors

Project Sponsor - Barbara Belle Ash Dougan Foundation