Mateleni Spring Catchment Project

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Latitude 0.29
Longitude 34.35

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: 

Mateleni spring is situated in Sangalo location of Bungoma County. The area has favourable weather conditions with the population relying mainly on agriculture to earn a living. 

Water is among the major problems in the area as women and children walk long distances in search of the golden resource. This has reportedly slowed down development in the region as a lot of time and resources are wasted in the process. Piped water has not spread in many parts of the area leaving most families with only one option – the distant unprotected natural water sites.

Mateleni spring is well positioned in the area and therefore attempts to improve on the source will relieve the surrounding villages and schools from the burden of water problems. The community is willing and able to partner with IcFEM to help raise available resources and protect their spring. 


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Recent Project Updates

10/30/2013: Mateleni Spring Protection Project Complete

We are excited to announce that all the work to protect the Mateleni spring in Kenya is complete, including fencing the area and proper drainage.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of the project (edited for clarity).  We also just posted the latest set of pictures.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

Project Status

The construction work on the site began in November 2012 and was completed in January 2013. The fencing of the spring took a bit longer due to slow community contribution and was done in February 2013. However, the spring had a problem with the drainage system raising concerns about the possibility of contamination especially after the area experienced heavy rains in January and February. The committee mobilized the community and a proper drainage system was dug.  The community is now using the water without any fear of water borne diseases. 

The Water Project : kenya4120-mateleni-4

01/07/2013: Work Continues at Mateleni

While the spring protection system is in place at Mateleni, work continues to enclose the area and add a proper drainage system.  See the report below from our partner in the field as well as the latest pictures of the site:

The work has progressed on well apart from the slow pace of the technician in finishing the spring. The community is content with the work so far done and the site is almost complete except the fencing and the completion of the drainage system which is due to be finalized before the end of the week. The site is being used and the community has access to clean and safe drinking water from the spring. 

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11/12/2012: Mateleni construction complete!

IcFEM have managed to complete the construction work on the spring protection, and the source is now serving the community with clean water. 

Excellent news! 

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11/09/2012: Construction ongoing at Mateleni

Quick update from IcFEM on the project: 

Construction work is 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 be completed. The deadline for this is approaching and we are following up with the committee to see whether they are ready to proceed.
The committee has been trained on water, sanitation and hygiene and on operations & maintenance. 

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: Construction underway at Mateleni

Construction update from IcFEM: 

The preparation process for the construction in Mateleni has been verypositive. The local community have been actively involved in the pulling together of resources to start the work. The committee has also been excellent in leading the resource mobilization exercise. 

The water source has reached a good stage and the community will enjoy clean water in a few days.

Excellent news coming from IcFEM – genuine collaboration and commitment from all involved. 

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10/23/2012: Mateleni Spring Project 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 Mateleni Spring

We are excited to report that Mateleni spring, in Sangalo, has been selected for a spring catchment system.  Construction is undnerway to protect this source of clean water for the people of the surrounding villages.  See the project page for more information including GPS coordinates.

The Water Project : mateleni-spring-4120

Project Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
ProjectID: 4120
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.