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Location: Kenya

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 436 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date:   (Explain This?)  02/15/2018

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Community Profile & Stories

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

Kyeni kya Karuli Self-Help Group was formed in the year 1978. The group members come from two villages: Waita Town with a population of 280 people, and Karuli Village with a population of 156 people.

The purpose of the group was to tackle food insecurity and water shortage through the area of both resources. There was a major famine and drought at that time that caused a huge loss of livestock. The massive losses pushed many into poverty.

The members of this group mean to support each other in every way possible. Soon after its start in 1983, the group was able to finish its first sand dam. However, because of weak structural design, the dam collapsed under the heavy storm rains of 1997. During the years between 1983 and 1997, the group’s sand dam made water more accessible to farmers, and in turn provided more food. With its loss, food and water shortage threatened families once again.

The group finished its first sand dam and hand-dug well system with our program last year, with community members from near and far traveling to enjoy clean water.

Water Situation

Group members enjoy access to water from their first hand-dug well. They are even selling its water to the entire village, and making a tidy sum out of it.

Most households have at least one donkey that can carry four 20-liter jerrycans at once, which is especially useful for families living far away from water.

Having this resource has drawn a lot of attention to Karuli Village, with people traveling up to eight kilometers to fetch water from the hand-dug well. The members of Kyeni kya Karuli now find water source crowded, with long lines at both the hand-dug well and scoop holes.

Sanitation Situation

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

100% of households have a pit latrine. Open defecation is no longer an issue here. Over 75% have bathing shelters, hand-washing stations, and dish racks and clotheslines. The hand-washing stations even have soap!

The families who have made these improvements say that they’ve seen improvements in health, too.

Plans: Reminders and Follow-Up

Our field officers were pleased with the changes happening in each household of Karuli Community. They spent extra time at the Kimanzi and David households to take pictures and conduct interviews to capture the community’s view of this change. Right now, it’s most important for us to celebrate the households that have built new latrines and sanitation tools and are using them.

While it appears they’re right on track in implementing their action plan, we will continue to work with them to strengthen their weaknesses. For example: Though all households have a designated place for garbage disposal, many still have not dug a pit to keep animals out of the litter. Having a pit will also keep trash from blowing around the household compound.

Plans: Hand-Dug Well

This particular hand-dug well is being built adjacent to this group’s ongoing sand dam project (click here to see), which will supply clean drinking water once it rains. 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.

Excavation takes a month or more on average, depending on the nature of the rock beneath. Construction of the well lining and installation of the pump takes 12 days maximum. The well will be lined with a concrete wall including perforations so that once it rains, water will filter in from the sand dam.

We look forward to how this new hand-dug well will bring clean water nearer to hundreds living in Karuli.

Recent Project Updates

01/15/2018: Karuli Community Hand-Dug Well Underway

Karuli Community in Kenya will have a clean source of water, thanks to your generous donation. A new well is being constructed adjacent to a new sand dam, which will bring clean water closer to hundreds. Together, these resources will go a long way in stopping disease, hunger, and thirst in the area! We just posted a report including community details, maps, and pictures. We will keep you posted as the work continues!

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Project Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kitui, Waita, Karuli
ProjectID: 4795

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF) supports self-help groups to harvest and conserve water through construction of sand dams & shallow wells, rock catchments and school roof catchments.