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The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Water Source
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Self Help Group Members
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Scooping Water
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Mrs Muasa
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Michael Muasa
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Latrine
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Homestead
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Filling Jerrican With Water
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Clotheslines
The Water Project: Mitini Community B -  Carrying Water Homejpg

Project Status



Project Type:  Sand Dam

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  03/01/2019

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Community Profile

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

However, it is not enough to hold the water necessary to support a community like Mitini where more than 10,000 people live. The well is also only one year old, meaning it is not likely fully mature enough to hold its maximum capacity for water.

“We spend a lot of time at the spring waiting to fetch water especially now that it has not rained for a long while. The sand dam is dry hence making our lives hard,” Mrs. Mary Leonard said.

“We enjoyed while it was there but now the water we have is little since the whole community is dependent on it. Our cleaning routines have gone behind compared to how we were trained due to the water scarcity. However, we are trying our best.”

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

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.

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

 

What we plan to do about it:

Our main entry point into Mitini Community has been the Mitini 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 Mitini 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 39.6 meters long and 4.15 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 Mitini community.


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.

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.

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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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