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The Water Project: Maluvyu Community D -  Trash Pit
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community D -  Latrine And Bathroom
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community D -  Coooking Area
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community D -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community D -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community D -  Annah Samuel
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community D -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community D -  Compound

Project Status

Project Type:  Sand Dam

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 255 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  01/31/2019

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This is the second year we have worked with Maluvyu Community and the Ngwatanio ya Utui wa Maluvyu Self-Help Group. Two dams and two wells have been constructed, giving people access to safe water for drinking and a source for irrigating their crops.

“We use the water for domestic use. We have also grown some vegetables and fruits. We also use the water for drinking and it does not dry during dry periods,” Mr. Kyalo Mutunga said.

However, many people still must walk more than a mile each way to access the new wells and benefit from the dams.

“We have lived many years with water problems. The construction of our first sand dam has helped us solve this problem and we hope to implement more projects and bring water close to us,” Mr. Sammyu Wambua Kiele said.

So we plan to construct another well and dam to ensure that everyone has safe water nearby.

Go here to view previous projects in the community and see their progress over the past few years.

Maluvyu Village is very rural and peaceful despite the fact that its close to a Peri-urban market center called Kathonzweni, which is the administrative headquarters of the division. The area is generally dry and arid but that particular location where the group operates from is severely eroded. It gets pretty hot, dry and grey when it’s not raining. There is a mix of both brick houses and mud, grass thatched shacks.

People either work as farmers or as casual laborers to make a living. Many of the jobs available are seasonal and often involve helping during the planting and harvesting seasons.

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

Nearly every household now has a latrine. It’s a mixture of permanent and semi-permanent structures depending on the economic status of each household. The overall status of the latrines is improving, thanks to the previous training sessions. Most people now clean their latrines on a regular basis.

What we plan to do about it:

Our main entry point into Maluvyu Community has been the Ngwatanio ya Utui wa Maluvyu 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.


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 are 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 Maluvyu 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 29.36 meters long and 4.85 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 in Maluvyu.

Project Updates

12/18/2018: Maluvyu Community Sand Dam Project Underway

A severe clean water shortage in Maluvyu Community still affects hundreds of community members who have to walk miles to find water. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a sand dam that will bring water closer to these families.

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 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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