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The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  View Of Compound
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Latrines
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Janet Musili
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Home With Water Containers Out Front
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Hauling Water Home
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  First Completed Well
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Compound
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Compound Side View
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Clean Water Flows From Well
The Water Project: Katalwa Community -  Carrying Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Sand Dam

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/15/2018

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Community Profile

This is the second year we have worked with Katalwa Community and the Katalwa Jipe Moyo self-help group. One dam and one well were constructed, giving people access to safe water for drinking and a source for irrigating their crops.

“Our first project has helped in bringing clean water close to our homesteads, the sufficient water supply and the concepts learned from hygiene training are helping us in maintaining relatively high standards of cleanliness in our homesteads,” Mrs. Kamene Muthwii said.

However, many people still must walk more than a mile each way to access the new wells and benefit from the dams. Furthermore, a single well is not enough to supply clean water for the more than 2,000 people in this community. So we plan to construct another well and dam to ensure that everyone has safe water nearby.

This self-help group works with us as a part of a five-year development program. They were trained during the construction of their first successful sand dam, and have grown immensely since then.

The efforts are working. Nearly half of households in the community now have pit latrines. Due to the availability of water provided by their first sand dam, the members are keen on their sanitation as they wash their toilets frequently. In both the homesteads that we visited they have water tanks in their compounds which provide sufficient water for cleanliness.

Nearly all homes adopted other sanitation facilities, such as handwashing stations, dish racks, animal pens and more. There is still work to be done in terms of using garbage pits.

On an average day for the community members, the women and children wake up at 6am. The women usually go fetch water and prepare breakfast for the family as the children prepare for school.

The men wake up to go to the farm to get grass for the livestock and also prepare to run his errands, such as tending to the farm, taking farm products to the market, feeding the livestock, and more.

During the day, the women wash the family’s clothes, tidy up the house, wash utensils, and prepare lunch as well as supper for the family. They also have the community meetings which they attend during the day.

The group needs this water because they have an urge to develop their area by planting more trees and more food crops. It will also reduce the distance they have been walking to fetch water thus saving them more time to engage in other income generating tasks.

What we plan to do about it:

Our main entry point into Katalwa Community has been the Katalwa Jipe Moyo Self-Help Group, which is comprised of 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 the self-help 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 river in Kala 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 54 meters long and 4.2 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 people living in Katalwa.


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 clarity) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

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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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