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The Water Project: Sibanga Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sibanga Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sibanga Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sibanga Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sibanga Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sibanga Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sibanga Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sibanga Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sibanga Spring Catchment Project -

Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jan 2013

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

Project Features

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Community Profile

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: 

Sibanga Spring is in Sibanga village, Kimilili Rural Sub-location, Kimilili Location of Bungoma County. The area is mainly populated with small scale farmers focusing in maize and beans production. 

Though the area receives sufficient rainfall, water still remains a big issue in the rural areas like Sibanga. The villagers have to walk long distances to collect water for use from available natural sources that are usually susceptible to water-borne diseases.

The community has made several attempts to protect the spring in the past without much success mainly due to lack of technical expertise and resources. The project will therefore involve doing an overhaul construction so as to realise maximum benefits for the locals. 

Project Updates

03/11/2013: Pictures From Sibanga

Just a quick update to pass on a couple pictures from the handing-over ceremony in Sibanga.  Thank you for helping make these pictures possible.

The Water Project : kenya4112_handingover_1

01/07/2013: Sibanga Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the spring protection project in Sibanga, Kenya has been completed!  See the report below from our partner in the field giving the final details, as well as the latest picture from the project site.

This was the first spring where work began. The committee was very active in mobilizing the community to contribute towards the project. The work is in its final stages with only the covering of the spring and the expansion of the drainage system remaining. A staircase has been provided to make it easier for the residents to draw water. The site has already been fenced off and the excited residents are already using the water.

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11/12/2012: Sibanga construction complete

All construction work is complete at Sibanga, and water is serving the people from the protected source.

Great news!  

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11/09/2012: Construction update from Sibanga

Quick update from IcFEM on the project: 

Construction works are underway and nearing completion. The community mobilisation to provide stones has caused a delay, and we are working with the committee to reach a solution that will allow the work to proceed. We are following up with the committee to see whether they are ready to move.
The committee has been trained on WASH and operations & maintenance.
The schools education team has visited 4 local schools to raise the awareness on sanitation & hygiene with the children who live near the spring. 

Community contributions are integral to project success. We’ll have new photos from the project up on this page  as soon as possible, along with news of how the community are responding to the need for contributions. IcFEM assure us more photos will be coming through in the next couple of days. 

10/23/2012: Sibanga Spring Construction update

Update from IcFEM, our implementing partner, on construction progress : 

This was our first project to do in our Spring Protection programme. The 13 member committee, after its institution met in a number of occasions to start planning for the construction of their spring. Efforts were also made through the village elders from the beneficiary villages represented to create awareness and solicit support from water users.

The response from the villages has been so positive, and they managed to gather the materials within the specified time. The community managed to bring together hardcore, sand, working tools and food for the workers. They also offered their extra time to work alongside the technician in doing the unskilled labor. This amounted to the 15% community participation target. 

The construction of the spring began on a high note under the leadership of the IcFEM construction expertise. The design was drawn and the work started and completed within four days of continuous labor.  The spring construction has come out skillfully and the stakeholders are very excited with the progress made. The project is in its final stages with a few finishes yet to be done by the technicians and the community. 

Excellent news coming from IcFEM! 

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10/23/2012: Sibanga Progress 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 Sibanga Spring

We are excited to report that Sibanga Spring, in Sibanga village, has been selected for a spring catchment system.  This system will help ensure that the spring is a source of safe, clean water for the people of the village.  See the project page for more information, including GPS coordinates.

The Water Project : sibanga-spring-4112

Project Photos

Project Type

Protected Spring

In many communities, natural springs exist as water flows from cracks in rocky ground or the side of a hill.  Springs provide reliable water but that doesn’t mean safe. When left open they become contaminated by surface contamination, animal and human waste and rain runoff. The solution is to protect the source. First, you excavate around the exact source area of the spring. Then, you build a protective reservoir for water flow, which leads to a concrete spring box and collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!


19 individual donors
Collen Krashesky
The Zitzman Family
Brownie Troop 501/ Gina Stelluti
Sahale's Bday donations
Christ United Methodist Church - Weirton
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