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The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Filling Container With Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Sebastian Mumo
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Dedication
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Dedication
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Dedication
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Finished Well
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Well Construction
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Well Construction
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Well Construction
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Well Construction
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Well Construction
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Well Construction
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Well Construction
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Water For Construction
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Water For Construction
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Water For Construction
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family Two Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family Two Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family Two Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family Two Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family Two Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family Two Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family Two Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family Two Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Household
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ilinge Community A -  Family One Fetching Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 84 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jul 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 08/03/2020

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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Africa Sand Dam Foundation. Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the Community

Mwanyani Self-Help Group is located in Ilinge Village of Machakos County, Kenya. It was formed in the year 2016 and now has a membership of 84 people: 36 males, 52 females. “Mwanyani” means space, because it’s located in a space between hills.

The average family size in this area is seven, while the average age of group members is 45. 37% of the members say that their main source of income is casual labour (possibly working on others’ farms), while 33% are those farmers who rely on their produce as income. 17% said that they rely on a given salary at the end of the month thanks to a steady job, while the remaining 8% run small businesses. There is a small portion of people who rely on the trading and selling of livestock.

Water Situation

The main source of water for people in this area is the river. At first look the river appears dry, but community members know that if they dig a hole in the sand, they’ll hit water. These holes are muddied by the surrounding sand, and are open to contaminate from many other sources. The water in the riverbed is especially dangerous during and after heavy rains. Feces, chemicals from local farms, and other waste is washed into the water. These scoop holes are also unguarded and open to wandering animals that need a drink (or a bath!).

Women carry a plastic jerrycan and a smaller container to the river, using one to fill the other. Tying a strip of cloth around the jerrycan handle, women use their forehead to support the heavy weight of dirty water all the way home. Once home, it is emptied into larger storage containers anywhere between 200 and 1500 liters. These are typically found outside the front door and in the kitchen. A covered container of water is left in the living room for any thirsty guests who visit.

The water collected from the river is used for drinking, cooking, irrigating farms, and cleaning. After drinking, community members suffer from waterborne diseases.

Sanitation Situation

All of the families living around the river have their own latrine. Some are in great condition, while others need to be rebuilt.

A few homes have hand-washing stations, and most have helpful tools like dish racks and clotheslines. After speaking with some of the women in charge of their households’ hygiene and sanitation, we learned that everyone here wishes to improve both their personal and environmental hygiene. They said that this would be possible only if water was brought closer to their homes!

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

To address gaps in hygiene and sanitation practices in Ilinge Community, training will be offered to self-help group members on two consecutive days. The members will learn about useful practices and tools to improve health, and then will be able to share those with their families and neighbors. Water transport, storage, and treatment methods will be taught, and hand-washing will be a focus. Group members will learn how to make their own hand-washing stations with everyday materials. When implemented, these training topics ensure that water and food remain safe until consumed, and that each person and their environment is kept clean for the greatest possible impact.

Participants will also form a water user committee that manages and oversees the new water points implemented over the next few years.

Plans: Hand-Dug Well

This hand-dug well will be one of many construction projects to come in the next few years. We will spend a total of five years unified with this community to address their clean water shortage. More sand dams will be built to transform the environment. As the sand dams mature and build up more sand, the water table will rise. To safely access this water, hand-dug wells like this one will be installed.

This particular hand-dug well is being built adjacent to this group’s ongoing sand dam project (click here to see). We have supplied the group with the tools needed for excavation. With the guidance of our artisans and mechanics, the excavated well will be cased, sealed with a well pad, and then finished with a new AfriDev pump.

Project Updates


08/28/2020: Through Their Eyes: COVID-19 Chronicles with Sebastian Mumo

This post is part of a new series by The Water Project meant to highlight the perspectives and experiences of the people we serve and how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting them. We invite you to read more of their stories here.

Our team recently visited Ilinge Community to conduct a COVID-19 prevention training (read more about it below!) and monitor their water point. Shortly after, we returned to check in on the community, offer a COVID-19 refresher training, and ask how the pandemic is affecting their lives.

It was during this most recent visit that Sebastian Mumo shared his story of how the coronavirus is impacting his life.

Field Officer Dorcas met Sebastian outside his home to conduct the interview. Both Dorcas and Sebastian observed physical distancing and other precautions throughout the visit to ensure their health and safety. The following is Sebastian’s story, in his own words.


What is one thing that has changed in your community since the completion of the water project?

Water is life, and now with the sand dams and shallow wells in the community, community members’ livelihoods have changed. We now plant vegetables for domestic use. Young men are making bricks the water in the sand dams. The rehabilitation of the areas was the sand dams had been constructed raising the water tables; hence water in the well is always available. We do not have to queue for long to get water. Our livestock also gets sufficient water improving their health.

How has having a clean water point helped you through the pandemic so far?

With clean water, there few cases of waterborne diseases because the water is clean and is assured that the health of my family is protected. We also have enough water to practice washing of hands.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Kenya, has fetching water changed for you because of restrictions, new rules, or your concerns about the virus?

Yes, it has changed because now we have to follow government guidelines and make sure that at the different water sources, there are no many people and practice social distancing.

How has COVID-19 impacted your family?

I would, at times, do business to take care of my family, but that is now a challenge as the demand for the products I sell is low; therefore, low income and I have had to cut expenditure on buying household goods. My children are young, and now they can not go for preschool classes.

What other challenges are you experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Meetings are restricted, affecting activities like table banking and merry go round gatherings that we attend. In the area, there are increase cases of petty theft because people do not have income.

What hygiene and sanitation steps have you and your community has taken to stop the spread of the virus?

My and family avoid crowded places and prefer staying home, we wear masks when we go out, and wash our hands with soap and water.

Like most governments around the world, the Kenyan government continues to set and adjust restrictions both nationally and regionally to help control the spread of the disease.

What restriction were you most excited to see lifted already?

The movement to Cities like Nairobi, the opening of worship places like churches

What restriction are you still looking forward to being lifted?

Opening of schools Allowing people with over 58 years old to go to church as most of them act as advisors

When asked where he receives information about COVID-19, Sebastian listed the radio, television, newspaper, loudspeaker/megaphone announcements, word of mouth, and our team’s sensitization training.

What has been the most valuable part of the COVID-19 sensitization training you received from our team?

With the training, I was reminded of the importance of _wearing masks when I have visitors at home because one may not know their health status. We learned about the importance of eating healthy and continuing handwashing.


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09/20/2018: A Year Later: Ilinge Community Well

A year ago, generous donors helped construct a sand dam and hand-dug well for Ilinge Community in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories. Read more…


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Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.


Contributors

Project Sponsor - As-Siddiq Muslim Organization