WeWaSaFo Pilot Program - Marko Spring

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Kenyan Spring Protection

Latitude 0.34
Longitude 34.73

146 Served

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Brief Background of WEWASFO Pilot Program 

In July 2013, WEWASAFO initiated a six months pilot project on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities that focus on spring protection and water harvesting through the construction of water tanks in schools. The activities will be carried out in schools, homes, community owned water springs and water points. The provision of clean water will reduce the spread of communicable diseases thus reducing the proportion of income spent on health related expenses. The activities will alleviate poverty through the reduction in infant mortality rates and diarrhea in children and in the community. They will also contribute to increased productive time and resources that was previously lost to preventable diseases.

Overall Strategic Objectives

  • To increase the number of people in targeted communities washing their hands with soap at critical points
  • To access clean drinking water of households in targeted communities by protecting 4 springs and Construction of 4 water tanks in schools
  • To construct 8, 2 double door improved pit latrines in schools
  • To promote improved household sanitation through a community led total sanitation approach in 4 villages

Community Mobilization and Organization Activities

The community sensitization, mobilization and organization activities targeted both the local leaders and the communities and schools. The particular aspects of the activities were tackled as follows:

  • Sensitization of local leaders The first appointment meeting was with the Deputy county Commissioner who was briefed of the project intervention in the their respective areas of jurisdiction.
  • Compiling a baseline report and dissemination of findings to stakeholders  The baseline survey report was written and the findings disseminated to the stakeholders. The report concludes that due to high enrollment of pupils in primary schools, there is high pressure on water and sanitation facilities. In all the schools visited it was found out that there is inadequate or even completely lack of water and water facilities in the schools as well as a great deficit of sanitation facilities.
  • Pre-Water Quality testing of unprotected springs.  The water samples were taken from springs that were vetted and taken for testing to Lake Victoria North Water Services Board laboratory. A total of 8 samples were taken; from the four constituency as one of the criteria for selection of the best spring from each constituency.

The pilot program consisted of three individual projects which are:

Marko Spring Protection

Bikatsi Spring Protection

Mwiyala Primary School Rainwater Harvesting and VIP Latrines 

For a more detailed report on these projects, download the WEWASAFO-Pilot Project Report

Marko Spring Protection:

Mako Spring is located in Emulakha village, Shirakalu sublocation, Butsotso East location in Lurambi Constituency.  The spring is the main source of water for 146 people.  The project consisted of the following objectives:

  • Protect the spring from contamination so that it remains a safe source of water for the community
  • Construct and implement sanitation platforms (cement slabs for latrine construction) for 5 households
  • Educate the community on proper sanitation and hygiene practices including water handling, disease transmission, environmental conservation, and the operation and maintenance of the spring and household latrines.

All of these objectives were successfully accomplished and the community is now benefiting from the protected spring and sanitation facilities.


As we come to an end of our very first Pilot Project funded by The Water Project we wanted to express our gratitude for having been given the opportunity to show you the strong will power and perseverance of our people as well as for having the confidence in us, WEWASAFO to provide quality work and serve our people in Kakamega County, Kenya.

We will be closely monitoring our projects to ensure sustainability and continued growth amongst the community members we serve.

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Recent Project Updates

03/18/2014: Great News From Mwiyala Primary School

We wanted to share with you the latest report we received from Mwiyala Primary School, letting us know how things have already begun to change as a result of the latrines and rain water harvesting tank built there last year:

Thanks to the support that TWP has given to Mwiyala Primary school located in Kakamega County, the school is now properly ready for the first term of this school year. Life in the school is different from what it was last year due to the fact that children now have sufficient clean and safe water from the tank that TWP, in partnership with the school management committee and WEWASAFO, constructed. The children no longer carry water from home to school, a burden that is now long gone. This year we are expecting good results because these children will now spend most of their time in school doing studies.

Sanitation has also improved in the school due to the facilities TWP has funded and put in place. The 4 VIP latrines (2 for girls and 2 for boys) and 2 hand washing facilities are now serving these children very well. They no longer have long queues to ease themselves during break time and now have more time to play and spend time with friends during break.

After making use of the toilet, they always wash their hands, a practice that is now becoming a culture in the school after participating in the Global Hand Washing Day when the Minister for environment graced the occasion and demonstrated the practice on 15th October 2013. This has reduced the incidence rate of diarrhea among school children.  We intend to monitor school attendance (especially in girls) as well as grades and health indicators to be able to evaluate the positive affects that access to clean water has in school.

This support by extension has enabled the school to set up a CTC club that has taken the responsibility for planting trees in the school and community at large to improve the tree coverage (environment improvement) in the region.

TWP in my opinion is doing a great job in Kenya and such interventions need to be scaled up for the betterment of the community and County at large. Bravo TWP!

We’ll definitely take encouragement like that!  And we know we can’t do it without your help, so Thank You for your support.  We also just posted a few new pictures that came with this report.  Take a look!

The Water Project : kenya4242-mwiyala-ps-34

01/02/2014: New Pictures From WeWaSaFo

Just a quick note to let you know we added some new pictures from the third of three projects included in the WeWaSaFo Pilot Program.  Take a look at how Bikatsi Spring has become a dependable source of safe, clean water for the community.  Thank You for your help.

The Water Project : kenya4242-bikatsi-spring-38

12/04/2013: WeWaSaFo Water Projects Complete

We’re happy to report that the WeWaSaFo Water Projects have been completed.  In this report, see how your gifts have enabled three communities to gain access to clean, safe water and new sanitation facilities.  It’s a great step forward for these villages.

The Water Project : kenya4242-marko-spring-47

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Lurambi Constituency, Lurambi Division, Butsosto East Location, Shirakalu Sublocation, Emulakha village, Kenya
ProjectID: 4242
Install Date:  11/30/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Attention
Last Visit: 05/31/2017

Visit History:
03/04/2016 — Functional
08/16/2016 — Functional
04/04/2017 — Needs Repair
05/31/2017 — Needs Attention

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO) works together with less privileged and marginalized members of communities in Western Kenya to reduce poverty through harnessing and utilization of local resources for sustainable development.