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The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Training
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Big High Fives In Front Of The Dam
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Complete Dam
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Complete Sand Dam
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Completed Dam
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Completed Dam
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Dominic Mutunga
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  High Fives For The New Dam
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Mary Mutua
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Soapmaking
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Thumbs Up
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Trainer
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Training
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Training
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Training
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Training Participants
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  View Of The Dam From The Well
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Tippy Tap Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Preparing To Carry Water
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Latrine
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Latrine
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Inside Animal Pen
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Homestead
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Granary
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Filling Container With Water
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Dish Drying Rack
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Baika Kipya
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Baika Kipya And Her Family
The Water Project: Maluvyu Community F -  Animal Pen

Project Status



Project Type:  Sand Dam

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 255 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Maluvyu Village is at the outskirts of Kathonzweni Town which is the administrative headquarter of the entire region. It is a rural community that is peaceful and fairly vegetative with indigenous trees crowding the unoccupied land. Residential homes in this area are a mixture of bricks and grass-thatched homes. The homesteads are very spread out.

People here make a living either as farmers or casual laborers. On an average day, community members wake up at 6 am. The women will go to fetch water and then prepare breakfast for the family as the children prepare to go to school. The men go to the farm to get Napier grass for their livestock and also prepare to work for the day. During the day, the women wash the family’s clothes, tidy up the house, wash utensils, and cook for the family.

The community has village elders and “nyumba kumi” council of elders who gather to solve any issues that may arise. Women are known to have their own gatherings for saving and contributing money.

Our main entry point into Maluvyu Community has been the Ngwatanio Ya Utui wa Maluvyu Self-Help Group, which is comprised of 52 farming households that are working together to address water and food scarcity in their region. We have worked with this group for the past three years on water projects to improve access to every household in this community.

For more than 250 people in the community, water access is getting better but there is still a need for improvement. The water from the nearest well is salty, meaning it is only suitable for feeding livestock, washing dishes, and farming.

Ending the water crisis in Maluvyu

Sand Dam

Erratic rainfall patterns can’t guarantee water for communities all year round, as most rivers in Makueni County are seasonal. Sand dams would, therefore, harvest rainwater where it falls and make it available to the community for longer periods of time.

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.

Building this sand dam at a spot on the river will bring water closer to hundreds of 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 54.9 meters long and 4.95 meters high.

With these projects, clean water will be brought closer to hundreds of people in Maluvyu Village of Kenya. That makes it possible for communities to utilize the time saved fetching water and the water in the dam for income generating activities and farm irrigation.

Training

Ngwatanio Ya Utui wa Maluvyu Self-Help Group and Maluvyu Community have participated in training sessions that teach about important hygiene practices and daily habits to establish in their homes. Taking good care of themselves and their environment will make for a healthy community.

“Our hygiene and sanitation levels have improved tremendously since the WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) training was conducted. Most members are practicing what we were taught; hand washing, water treatment, and compound hygiene,” Ruth Mwikali said.

“I did not have a garbage pit before the training but we were taught on its importance and benefits prompting me to implement one in my home. We were also educated on the cost-effective ways of treatment.”

The latrines here are cleaned often due to the easy access to water. The hygiene and sanitation levels are highly maintained with all the visited homesteads having tippy taps and washing agents installed nearby the latrines. The latrines are cleaned very well with water and soap. For the ones which have mud pit floor latrines are sprinkled with ash.

They, however, need a follow-up training on soap making and water treatment because some reported to still be drinking the water directly. This is dangerous as they may be exposed to risks of contracting waterborne diseases.

Project Updates


10/04/2019: Maluvyu Community Sand Dam Complete!

Maluvyu, Kenya now has access to a new source of water thanks to your donation. A new sand dam was constructed on a sandy riverbed, which will build up sand to raise the water table and naturally filter water.

We worked with the Ngwatanio Ya Utui wa Maluvyu Self-Help Group for this project. The members and their families contributed materials and physical labor to complete the project. In addition, they were trained on various skills such as bookkeeping, financial management, project management, group dynamics, and governance. We also conducted a hygiene and sanitation training to teach skills like soapmaking and to help improve behaviors such as handwashing.

When an issue arises concerning the water project, the group members are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure it works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact our team of field officers to assist them.

Sand Dam

The community members collected all of the local materials like rocks and sand that were required for the successful completion of the dam. They also provided labor to support our artisans. The collection of raw construction materials takes longer than the actual construction. For a large sand dam, materials collection could take up to 4 months.

Siting and technical designs were drawn and presented to the Water Resources Management Authority and a survey sent to the National Environment Management Authority for approval before construction started. Once approved, we established firm bedrock at the base of the sand dam wall. In the absence of good bedrock, excavation is done up to a depth at which the technical team is satisfied that the ground is firm enough to stop seepage.

Next, mortar (a mixture of sand, cement, and water) is mixed and heaped into the foundation. Rocks are heaped into the mortar once there is enough to hold them. Barbed wire and rebar are used to reinforce the mixture.

Once the foundation is complete, a skeleton of timber is built to hold up the sludge and rocks above ground level. The process is then repeated until a sufficient height, width and length are built up. The vertical timber beams are dismantled and the dam is left to cure.

This dam measures 54.9 meters long and 4.95 meters high and took 568 bags of cement to build.

Sand dam construction was simultaneous to the construction of a hand-dug well, which gives locals a safer method of drawing water. As the sand dam matures and stores more water, more of it will be accessible as drinking water from the well. To see that hand-dug well, click here.

The dam is already beginning to build up with water after recent rains. With this water, the surrounding landscape will become lush and fertile. However, it could take up to 3 years of rain for this sand dam to reach maximum capacity.

“The water from the project is fresh for drinking and has no salinity, unlike the other water sources we used to use,” said Mary Mutua, a farmer who lives near the well.

“All the group members now have easy access to the water source. Less time is spent on sourcing for water. Community members are very excited about the project because they can relax and life has improved.”

New Knowledge

Our hygiene and sanitation trainer Veronica Matolo and the area field officer, Muendo Ndambuki, conferred about previous visits to households and interviews with community members to determine which topics the community still could improve upon. We have worked with this self-help group on previous projects, so the training focused on improving on the lessons they have already learned.

The majority of the group members went to the training and even some non-members were in attendance, an encouraging sign that people in the community value the lessons on improved hygiene and sanitation. The community members were motivated and interested in learning and reviewing the topics that were of concern to them.

The training was held at the homestead of Dominic Mutunga, who is an active group member. This location was best suitable for the training because it is centrally located near most members’ homes and the sand dam site. The environment was conducive for learning since it took place under trees which provided sufficient shade for everyone despite the sunny weather.

They decided to train on topics including health problems in the community; good and bad hygiene behaviors; how diseases spread and their prevention; choosing sanitation improvements; choosing improved hygiene behaviors; planning for behavioral change; handwashing; and soapmaking.

The participation levels of the group members were commendable. There were many questions asked about the appropriate health practices and the installation of sanitation facilities such as the tippy taps.

“A healthy community is a wealthy one. We will reduce the chances of contracting diseases by improving compound hygiene, food hygiene, and water treatment practices,” said Mr. Mutunga.

“The training has refreshed us on key factors in the journey of attaining good hygiene and sanitation.”

Thank you for making all of this possible!


The Water Project : kenya19191-complete-sand-dam


06/19/2019: Maluvyu Community Sand Dam Underway

A severe clean water shortage still affects hundreds of people living in Maluvyu Community. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to solve this issue by building 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 news of success!


The Water Project : kenya19191-carrying-water


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

Sarah, Lauren, Meg, Adam Charity Snack Stand
The Pacey Foundation
Fatima Bawany
GE Foundation Matching Gift
California Water Environment Association
Data Abstract Solutions, Inc.
Joan R. Isaac Giving Fund
Lakewood High School National Honor Society
Western International School of Shanghai - Grade Four Students
Fourth Grade Students at Middlebury Elementary
Motorola Solutions Foundation Matching Gift
Common Objects Music + Sound
Presbyterian Women Forest Park
Marvin B. Smith Elementary School- 3rd Graders
A gift from Liam Khalifa
Brook Forest School Student Council
Network for Good
Bounce Treatment Services
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
Rockfish River Elementary Student Council
Rosemont School 1st Year Students - Katie, Nicola, Andrea, Ella (Dublin, Ireland)
Council Rock South Social Studies
Mrs. R's classroom piggy bank
Contra Costa County Employees
Colors of Humanity Art Gallery
On Behalf of Sandy Reid
Selwyn House School Grade 11 Students
Zukul
Sierra Vista Middle School
Bright Funds
Harvard Westlake School 4th Period Public Speaking Class
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
Teespring
The Clorox Company
Zukul
Atascocita Middle School World Cultures
Faith Chapel
Burg Deals
133 individual donor(s)