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The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Animal Pens
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Animal Pens
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Animal Pens
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The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Children Playing
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The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Kitchen
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The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Latrine
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The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Water Source
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Benson Kawinzi
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Benson Kawinzi
The Water Project: Kilia Community 1A -  Ndinda
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Project Status



Project Type:  Sand Dam

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/31/2022

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Community Profile

Water scarcity is becoming a significant challenge for people in southeastern Kenya, including the 1,500 community members of Kilia, who rely on the Kaiti River for their water. Still, since most of the rivers in this region are seasonal, they only contain water for a limited time period.

Since there is a desire to be the first to collect water to allow time to accomplish other daily tasks, most people in Kilia start their days very early, so they don’t have to wait in long lines due to overcrowding. But the journey for some can take up to two hours. Understandably, it is exhausting to walk that far and even more so to make the return trip with full water containers. The only other option is a sand dam and well in a neighboring community, but the trek to collect water from there extends even farther.

“I do not like the idea of being sent or accompanying my mother to the river all the time after I come back from school, as it is hectic at times because of the distance,” said nine-year-old Ndinda N. shown below walking with her mother after collecting water.

When the limited rainy season is over and water is scarce, community members collect water from scoop holes dug in the riverbed. The drier it gets, the deeper the holes must be to access water.

Fetching water here is a tiring and laborious task, but the worst part is that the water they collect after so much hard work is contaminated. The holes are wide open, with people and animals alike drinking from them. The risk of contracting water-related diseases such as bilharzia, typhoid, cholera, and amoeba is high.

Most community members rely on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. This region has fertile soil for growing crops, but farming activities do not thrive without sufficient water.

Farmer Benson Kawinzi, 63, shown below scooping water, said, “Water scarcity affects me in such a way that I can’t do things I am supposed to do. I spend a lot of time searching for water instead of focusing on other developments.”

The people of Kilia need a sand dam, so they have accessible, clean water near their homes. Having this access will allow them to farm, increase their incomes and hopefully have time to explore other areas of development.

What we can do:

Our main entry point into the community is the Kyeni Kya Kiia Nzou Self-Help Group, which comprises households working together to address water and food scarcity in their region. These members will be our hands and feet in constructing water projects and spreading the message of good hygiene and sanitation to everyone.

Sand Dam

After the community picked the ideal 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 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 this sand dam, a hand-dug well will be installed to give community members an easy, safe way to access that water.

Building this sand dam and the well in this community will help bring clean water closer to hundreds of people living here.

Training

These community members currently do their best to practice good hygiene and sanitation, but their severe lack of water has significantly hindered reaching their fullest potential.

We will hold hygiene and sanitation training sessions with the Kyeni Kya Kiia Nzou Self-Help Group and other community members to teach essential hygiene practices and daily habits to establish at the personal, household, and community level. This training will help to ensure that participants have the knowledge they need to make the most out of their new water point as soon as the water is flowing.

One of the most important topics we plan to cover is handling, storage, and water treatment. Having a clean water source will be extremely helpful, but it is useless if water gets contaminated when it is consumed. We will also emphasize the importance of handwashing.

The community and we firmly believe that all of these components will work together to improve living standards here, which will help to unlock the potential for these community members to live better, healthier lives.

We typically work with self-help groups for 3 to 5 years on multiple water projects. We will conduct follow-up visits and refresher training during this period and remain in contact with the group after all of the projects are completed to support their efforts to improve sanitation and hygiene.

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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.


Contributors

12 individual donor(s)