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Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Aug 2016

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/24/2019

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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the Community

Walibese Spring is located in Endeli Village, Sabatia Sub-County of Vihiga County. Endeli Village is a place of hills and valleys, covered with both tamed and untamed vegetation: trees and farms.

A normal days begins very early with households chores. These require fetching enough water to last the day. When households chores are done and children are in school, the adults focus on generating income for their families. Men focus on making bricks and women go to the farms or run small businesses at the nearby Mbale Market, depending on the agricultural season.

Walibese Spring serves over 100 households from Endeli and its neighboring communities. This huge number of beneficiaries is because the spring is reliable and yields water throughout the year, even during dry seasons. (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. This site would make a great location for a second project. To learn more, click here.)

Water Situation

The community uses the spring’s water for general household chores such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, and drinking. They also use the water for commercial purposes like brick-making.

Because the spring’s water is unprotected, it is open to contamination from many different sources. It is located in a valley, making the open water especially vulnerable to dirty surface runoff. This open nature of the water point also allows animals to drink directly from the water, with other animals like frogs – living and reproducing in the water. During our initial visit, it was obvious there were tadpoles and frog eggs at the spring! Cases of open defecation were also observed in the surrounding bushes, which poses a huge threat to the health of these people.

Women and children gather water with small containers, pouring to fill larger jerrycans. To save time, sometimes a person will dunk their jerrycans directly in the spring to fill them. Most of the jerrycans are 20 liters and don’t have covers.

According to the community’s health center, water-related complications such as diarrhea, stomachaches, typhoid and malaria are common. “The hospital beds in our health centers are always occupied. We have spent a lot of money and time seeking medication for water-related diseases in this community. These resources could have been put in development use if we had a safe source for drinking water,” says Mr. Odongo Francis, a local brick-maker. Because locals know these are the consequences of drinking Walibese Spring’s water, they often choose to walk long distances in search of safer drinking water from the nearest protected spring that is almost one kilometer away.

Sanitation Situation

The sanitation standards in Endeli Community are worrying; many households lack latrines, and the few that have latrines (less than 50%) let them deteriorate. The households with latrines also use them as bathing rooms. Since they are made from wood and mud, cleaning is almost impossible. The floors and walls are also shaky, so children and the elderly fear using them. Many don’t even have doors to provide users with privacy! These poor conditions often make a child prefer using the bushes for relief.

The community also lacks other basic sanitation facilities such as compost pits for proper disposal of waste, clotheslines, hand-washing stations and dish racks.

Plans

The community sent in an application letter for a spring protection project. After our initial visit, we agree with the community that there is a need to protect Walibese Spring. The community readily agreed to contribute 20% of the local raw materials needed for construction. These materials include bricks, ballast, hardcore, fencing poles, sand, and even helping hands! Particular community leaders will also begin to inform and mobilize families to attend the hygiene and sanitation training sessions. Training will result in a group of Community Health Workers responsible for promoting healthy practices, and a Water User Committee who will oversee the maintenance and management of the spring once it’s protected.

Protecting the spring will help save both time and health for beneficiaries. The hygiene and sanitation training will be crucial to inform community members of all the good, healthy practices that are within their means. Using different methods like CLTS (Community-Led Total Sanitation), participants will be sensitized to how important it is to properly dispose of waste. It attracts flies in the open, and flies… well flies fly around. Flies also happen to be attracted to food. There is a huge need to construct more latrines, and proper knowledge of this fecal-oral disease transmission route will motivate community members to do so! We strongly believe that after the spring protection and the three days of hygiene training, most of the issues raised above will be curbed.

Project Updates


12/14/2017: A Year Later: Walibese Spring

A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection with the community surrounding Walibese Spring in Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partner, Erick Wagaka, with you.


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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 pours through a reinforced pipe in a concrete headwall to a paved collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!


A Year Later: Walibese Spring

November, 2017

It was still clear that the health and hygiene content delivered during the community engagement training bore visible and lifelong fruits. People were observed washing their containers before collecting water, just to stress a point on proper water handling.

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A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection with the community surrounding Walibese Spring in Kenya. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partner, Erick Wagaka, with you.


The community members have developed a new sense of belonging upon the successful construction of the protected spring and the provision of sanitation platforms to five needy households. The reliable water point has given a new pride and honor to these people because they can now discuss other developmental issues such as sensitizing the community on gender emancipation. The boy child can now agree to be sent to the spring point unlike before where girls alone could be seen taking several trips to collect water for household use. The construction of five sanitation platforms triggered the majority to think positive about improving their makeshift latrines upwards along the sanitation ladder.

“The outbreak of waterborne diseases is now a thing of the past after the protection Walibese spring,” shares caretaker Janet Vihenda. “This means that the community is now healthier and richer because their cumulative expenditure on medication has gone down. The available water at one’s disposal has also improved our self-image as a community and put us in good books with the public health personnel.”

“I really enjoy coming to the water point to collect the sparkling, clean and fresh water,” says 13-year-old Clinton Akibaya. “Before the spring was protected, it was a task left to girls alone to collect water for household use. Our main scapegoat as boys was that, it was so shameful to form long queues with girls and women to scramble for the dirty water together. However, after the protection, most people were convinced that development is a collective effort that requires both girls and boys. I cherish our spring and it gives me an improved self-esteem because I know am drinking water from a safe source. The same water helps our animals and is also used to cook the food we eat and to do laundry work every day.”

The water user committee together with the spring users have preserved the spring point very well. At the time of visit, the spring was discharging at 13 seconds to fill up 20 liter jerry can. Despite the challenges of accessibility due to the bad terrain leading to and from the spring, the community had managed to control soil erosion around the spring area. It was still clear that the health and hygiene content delivered during the community engagement training bore visible and lifelong fruits. People were observed washing their containers before collecting water, just to stress a point on proper water handling.


The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to 4 times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.


Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Walibese Spring Protection Project maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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