Makhele Spring Catchment Project

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Latitude 0.43
Longitude 34.53

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 found in Mlimani village of Sirakaru sub-location, Kabuyefwe Location in Bungoma County. Residents in this area are farmers mainly growing maize, beans and vegetables.

Though the area is well endowed with more than enough rainfall, the people in this region suffer from a perennial water problem. Due to high poverty levels, the locals are unable to tap into the heavy downpour because it requires them to invest in gutters for their houses. 

As such, many people depend on springs and seasonal rivers. Makhele spring is one such spring supplying water to an expansive area across 5 villages. The spring has never been protected and the residents draw the not-so-clean water from the ground making them prone to water borne diseases. The spring’s protection will be a huge relief and a worthy intervention to safeguard life.

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10/30/2013: Makhele Spring Protection Project Complete

We are excited to report that after some delays, the spring protection system being constructed at Makhele, Kenya, is complete.  See the report below from our partner in the field for the latest details on this project (edited for clarity).  Also be sure to see the latest pictures, and Thank You for your help.

Project Status

The project began in October 2012 but stalled in November due to slow community contribution of materials needed for the ballast. The work resumed in December and was completed in the same month. However, fencing was slowed down again by ability of the community to contribute fencing posts. As you know, it can be difficult for community members to find the spare income or time to contribute.  There are times where this takes more effort on behalf of IcFEM to mobilize the community and therefore more time. Another challenge was due to the terrain of the land where the spring was located next to a river.

The construction team managed to work on the fence in July and did a bit of repair on the spring. During the exercise, the foreman had blocked the water flow in order to work on the parts that needed repair. This explains why some of the photos sent to TWP did not show the water flowing.

The site is now complete (both construction and fencing) and the spring is fully functional.  

The Water Project : kenya4114-makhele-spring-8

10/03/2013: Makhele Project Fenced In

Just a quick note to show you the final touches put on the Makhele Spring Protection project completed at the end of last year.  The site has now been fenced, protecting the spring from contamination so that it remains a source of safe, clean water.  The current pictures do not show water flowing from the spring because the project foreman had blocked the flow to make repairs.  When we receive pictures of water flowing, we’ll let you know.  For now, take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : makhele-spring-fence-and-gate-a

11/12/2012: Makhele construction complete

The spring protection project at Makhele is constructed and now in use by the community. This is a great step forward for them, and we’re delighted too! 

The Water Project : makhele-kabuyefwe-2 The Water Project : makhele-kabuyefwe2-4

11/09/2012: Makhele construction update

Quick update from IcFEM on the project: 

Construction works are underway and nearing completion. The community mobilisation to provide stones has been slow, but the stones have been gathered successfully from the community following work by the water, sanitation and hygiene team and the local committee, and the construction team is set to come to the site soon to complete the work.
The committee has been trained on water, sanitation and hygiene and operations & maintenance. 

Community contributions are integral to project success. It’s great to see that the team at IcFEM have managed to work so collaboratively with the community, and that the site is nearing completion. We’ll have new photos from the site up 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: Makhele Community Mobilisation 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 Makhele Spring

We are excited to report that Makhele spring, in Mlimani village, has been selected for a spring catchment system.  The system will protect this source of clean water not just for one group, but for 5 nearby villages.  See the project page for more information, including GPS coordinates.

Project Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
ProjectID: 4114
Install Date:  10/30/2013

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.