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The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Soysambu Spring Catchment Project -

Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Oct 2013

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: 

The proposed spring is found in Soysambu village of Lugari District in Kakamega County. It is located in a bushy but accessible environment about 5 metres from a seasonal river which only flows during the rainy season. The area has a rich arable land with residents specialising in the growing of maize (which is the main cash crop), beans, bananas and cattle rearing for milk production

The locals in this area continue to suffer from perennial water problems ranging from travelling over long distances in search of water to diseases associated with contamination of water. They get water from the bushy spring that is poorly maintained. Others go to a river 1 Km away which is very dirty since some people use it for bathing/washing upstream while others consume the same downstream.  

Soysambu spring is therefore a major asset to the community providing water for domestic use as well as for the neighbouring school. The spring has never been constructed because the residents have limited resources but are willing to partner with IcFEM to restore the spring to full usage.

Project Updates

10/30/2013: Soysambu Spring Protection Complete!

After long delays, we are very excited to report that the Soysambu spring protection project in Kenya is complete.  See the report below from our partner in the field for the project status (Edited for clarity).  And don’t miss the new pictures showing the completed project.  Thank You for help!

Soysambu spring is located in Lugari District Kakamega County in Western Kenya. The spring was identified by the community of IcFEM Likuyani Local Transformation Unit to solve the perennial water shortage in the area. Most of the residents suffered from problems like travelling over long distances in search of water and waterbourne diseases due to contamination of water.

The spring protection exercise began in February 2013 and took about 2 months. Initially, due to the political temperatures in the region there were many delays because of upcoming elections.

However after the polls closed and there was no election violence (as in 2007), the people were able to contribute their part and the work progressed. The construction was completed in March but the fencing stalled due to the difficult nature of the terrain and lack of materials.

The team engaged the community leadership and the spring committee to raise the materials required to erect the fence.  When the community contributes to the completion of a project, such as fencing for example, there is a higher sense of ownership of the project. Fencing was finally complete in the month of August and the community is using the spring. A committee has already been established and trained on proper management of the site. About 2,100 people (300 households and a school) are benefiting from the site.   (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.)

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03/11/2013: Update From Soysambu

Work is progressing in Soysambu.  The report and picture below are directly from our partner in the field:

The construction work on this site is in progress. The work has been delayed by community contribution of stones and labour since many people have been engaged by the political activities in the area. The work should be done in two weeks’ time once the political temperatures have cooled down. A committee has been put in place and is working tirelessly to mobilize the community to contribute their share of the project.

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11/09/2012: Soysambu update

Quick update from IcFEM on the project: 

The committee has been established and has been doing community mobilization 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 are in place. 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: Community moblisation at Soysambu Spring

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 in Soysambu Village

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

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!