Nakhabale Spring Catchment Project

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Latitude 0.43
Longitude 34.44

500 Served

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Stories and 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 spring is found in Misikhu Friends village of Makhese location in Bungoma County. The area is well endowed with rainfall, rich agricultural land and booming business at Misikhu shopping centre along the Kitale-Webuye road.

However, poverty is endemic especially in the villages where the spring is found mainly due to insufficient capital for investment. The residents here are mainly small scale farmers growing maize for food and small quantities of sugarcane for milling.

Maseno/Nakhabale spring serves a segment of this poor population who have no other source of water. The next source is about 2 kilometres away-a long distance to cover in search of water. Thus, they have to make do with what is available to them. The spring has never been protected and the water forms a shallow basin from where the water is scooped. The residents are concerned about its safety but can do very little about it. They have welcomed the intervention saying that this would bring healing to their land.

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Recent Project Updates

10/31/2013: Nakhabale Project Complete

After long delays, we are excited to report that the project to construct a spring protection system at Nakhabale in Kenya is complete.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of the project.  Don’t miss the new pictures just posted, and Thank You for your help.

Project Description and Status

The spring is found in IcFEM Misikhu Local Transformation Unit, Makhese Location in Bungoma County. The spring construction began in December 2012 and lasted for 2 months till January 2013.


The fencing of the site took longer than anticipated extending to the month of August 2013. In May, after a few months of hard work and effort the community was finally able to gather the materials for fencing posts as an in-kind contribution, but due to a combination of insecurity in the area and the delay of the foreman in erecting the fence, the posts were stolen and the community was reluctant to provide others.

The IcFEM Mission had to mobilize the community once again through the water committee, the LTU leadership and the local provincial administration to ensure that the fencing would eventually be completed. The work was successfully completed in August. 

The community is now enjoying the benefits of a clean, safe and constant source of water.

The Water Project : kenya4116-nakhabale-spring-4

03/11/2013: Almost Finished In Nakhabale

We are glad to report that work is progressing well at Nakhabale in Kenya.  The brief report below comes directly from our partner in the field:

The construction work on this site is complete and the community is already using the spring. What remains is the fencing of the site which has been slowed down by the pace of community contribution (providing fencing posts) but should be done in a week’s time. A committee has been put in place and trained on WASH and operations/maintenance to be able to manage the site.

Also be sure to take a look at the latest pictures of the site.  As soon as we receive pictures of the finished project, we get them posted and let you know!

The Water Project : kenya4116_4

11/09/2012: Nakhabale Spring project update

Quick update from IcFEM on the project: 

The committee has been established and has been mobilizing the community to make 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 provided. 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: Nakhabale Spring 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 Nakhabale Spring

We are excited to report that Nakhabale spring, in Misikhu Friends village, has been selected for a spring catchment system.  Construction has begun to protect this source of clean water for the people of the village.  See the project page for more information, including GPS coordinates.

Project Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Misikhu LTU, Makhese Location, Bungoma County, Kenya
ProjectID: 4116
Install Date:  10/31/2013

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.