Kolongolo Spring Catchment Project

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Latitude 0.42
Longitude 34.47

500 Served

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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: 

The spring is located in Manyoa village in Bungoma County. The area is largely occupied by farmers who grow maize, beans, small amounts of sugarcane and livestock rearing. 

The area has two rainy seasons with an average rainfall of 1200mm to 1800mm per annum. Despite the huge potential, many villagers struggle in life to make ends meet and over half of the population cannot afford rain water harvesting within their homes. Piped water is also a mirage to this segment of society.

Kolongolo spring therefore comes in handy for these villagers both for domestic use and watering their livestock. It is a permanent source that the community had made an effort to protect but the work was not long lasting. The spring is a major asset to the community-the risk of water-borne diseases like typhoid notwithstanding. The news of the intended work to protect the spring has been received with jubilation by the locals who see the move as the end of their misery.

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Recent Project Updates

05/09/2013: Kolongolo Spring Protection Project Is Complete!

We are excited to report that the Kolongolo spring protection project in Kenya is now complete!  The project has been handed over to the community, and they are very thankful to have this new source of safe, clean water.  We just posted a new set of pictures from the site showing the finished project and some of the community members enjoying the benefits.

Thank you for your support, making this great project possible!

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02/25/2013: Pictures From Kolongolo

Work is going well at Kolongolo spring in Kenya.  We just received pictures of the workers protecting the spring so that it will be a source of safe, clean water for years to come.

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11/09/2012: Kolongolo Spring Project update

Quick update from IcFEM on the project: 

The committee has been established and has been mobilizing the community to contribute. The contractor for the work has been identified and is ready to start work once the funds are available and the community contribution of stones is in place. The work is expected to take no more than a month to complete.
The committee training and the training of trainers (on hygiene and sanitation) have taken place.

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: Kolongolo 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 Kolongolo Spring

We are happy to report that Kolongolo spring, located in the village of Manyoa, has been selected for a spring catchment system, protecting this source of safe, clean water.  See the project site for more details on the spring and the village, including GPS coordinates.

Project Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
ProjectID: 4111
Install Date:  05/09/2013

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.