Kware Spring Catchment Project

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Latitude 0.43
Longitude 34.58

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This project is part of IcFEM’s WaSH program, which includes multiple water source schemes as well as substantial community level hygiene promotion, and training on project operation and maintenance. 

What follows is a brief project outline direct from our partner: 

Kware spring is in Marula village, Muyuchi sub-location, Lumakanda Location of Kakamega County. Maize is the main staple food and cash-crop in the area. Other economic activities include livestock rearing, coffee farming etc. 

The area receives quite a substantial amount of rainfall annually for farming but still has a major problem with accessing clean water for domestic use. There are a lot of reported cases of water related diseases in the area e.g. typhoid, dysentery and diarrhoea. 

Kware spring is a potential water site that will help ease the water problem in the region given its large amount of water and ability to supply water by gravity to the surrounding areas. No attempts of construction have ever been made on the spring in the past despite its great potential. 

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10/30/2013: Update on Kware Spring

We wanted to send you a quick update on the spring protection system constructed at Kware, Kenya.  The report below is from our partner in the field (edited for clarity).  Also be sure to see the new pictures of the project, and Thank You for your help.

Project Status

Kware spring was among the spring protection projects that were scheduled to the completed in Q2. The spring is located near Makutano Market in IcFEM Mautuma Local Transformation Unit. Community mobilization was done in December 2012 The project construction began in late February lasting the better part of March and April. The construction work stalled due to lack of materials and only resumed in July when the spring was completed.  However, a lot of challenges were experienced along the way:

i)                    The work stalled towards the Election Day in March due to low participation by the community. The area is a volatile region where politically-instigated violence was experienced in 2007 and most people were watching the events to see what would unfold. The work resumed after the March elections with the community now fully involved.

ii)                  The excavation of the site revealed that the catchment area was very wide and the technicians had to ensure all the water is captured to prevent the spring from drying up during the dry season. This meant that more resources and labour as well as materials were required to dig up and cover the spring.

Once the spring was constructed, the Mission embarked on the fencing plan and began mobilizing the community to give poles for the same. However, an interesting development came to the attention of the Mission in the form of a court order that no fence should be put on the piece of land due to an ongoing dispute  between a few community members about rights to the land. It is imperative to note the matter only came to the attention of the Mission during the fencing phase.  None of the 2 parties opposed the construction of the spring since it was for public consumption. However, problems only arose when fencing was proposed. The fencing idea was therefore halted and a fence will not be constructed until the two owners agree.  During the interim, the spring is providing safe drinkable water for the community without a fence. The community is using the water and they are eager to finish the remaining part of the work as soon as the matter is settled.

The Mission tried to negotiate a settlement between the neighbours to allow the work to proceed but the efforts were unfruitful. As such, it was agreed that the Local Transformation Unit office keeps the fencing materials until the matter is ruled upon. They were to also keep track of events and ensure the Mission was informed of any developments in the matter. 

In the meantime, the community is using the water and they are eager to finish the remaining part of the work as soon as the matter is settled. 

The Water Project : kenya4108-12

10/03/2013: Kware Spring Protection Project Complete!

We are excited to report that, at long last, the project to build a spring protection system in Kware, Kenya is complete.  Construction on this project began back in January, but was not completed until July due to a dispute over the land where the spring is located.  While the construction is complete, due to the ongoing dispute, the area has not yet been fenced to protect the water from contamination by wildlife.  The community is currently using the spring, and the fence will be installed as soon as the dispute is settled.  We just posted some new pictures of the protected spring.  Take a look, and Thank You for help!

The Water Project : kenya4108-7

11/09/2012: Kware Spring Protection project update

Quick update from IcFEM on the project: 

The committee has been established and has been mobilizing the community to prepare their contributions. The contractor for the work has been identified and is ready to start work once the funds and the community contribution of stones are available. The work is expected to take no more than a month to complete. 

Great update from the field, we’ll add photos just as soon as we get them. IcFEM assure us more photos will be coming through in the next couple of days. 

10/23/2012: Kware Spring Catchment Update

ICFEM have sent through details of the community mobilisation process under way as part of their spring catchment programme. Here’s some insight into what is happening, direct from IcFEM:  

All the water sites have a standard water users’ committee comprising of 11 members. The 11 are derived from all the water stakeholders in the community, that is:

  1.  The land owner (1)
  2. The Provincial Administration representative (Village Elder/Ass. Chief/Chief) (1)
  3. A Community Health Worker (1)
  4. A Technician (someone within the community with some technical knowledge on springs) (1)
  5. IcFEM Fellowship representative (1) 
  6. A Women leader (1)
  7. A Youth Leader (1)
  8. Ex-official (LTU executive)
  9. Community Members (3)

The turn-out  of the meetings convened at the water sites was a good representation of the water users and the key stakeholders. A total of 332 people were mobilised from the 15 water sites that we are currently dealing with, most of whom were men. 

All the water sites accepted to rise up to 15% of the total project cost before the constructions begin by early October 2012. This mainly comprises of the locally available resources within the villages i.e. Stone, Hardcore, Sand, Construction tools, Food and unskilled labour etc, but this varies from one community to the other. 

The committees formed are mainly overseeing the collection of the agreed resources at each site as they undergo training in preparation to oversee Operation and Maintenance. 

This is excellent news coming from IcFEM, offering real insight into the community mobilisation process. We are excited about the next step, and look forward to updating this page soon with more information. 

10/03/2012: Construction Underway at Kware Spring

We are pleased to report that the Kware spring, in the village of Marula, has been selected for a spring catchment system.  Construction is now underway to protect this source of safe, clean water.  See the project page for more details on the community including GPS coordinates

The Water Project : kware-spring-catchment

Project Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
ProjectID: 4108
Install Date:  09/30/2013


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Country Details


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

Partner Profile

IcFEM is an indigenous Kenyan organization based in Kimilili, Western Kenya with a mission of smooth integration of community development, evangelism and innovative provision of holistic care. IcFEM aims at building people, especially in rural areas, both spiritually and practically to become self supporting.