Peter Indeche Spring Protection Project

Regional Program:
Western Kenya WaSH Program

Latitude 0.50
Longitude 34.80

168 Served

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Stories and 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

Peter Indeche Spring is found in Makale Village, Mahusi sub-location, Chegulo location, Butali Chegulo Ward of Kakamega County. Most residents of Makale Village are farmers. They grow sugarcane at a large scale, selling their crops to the nearby West Kenya sugar millers. The sugar factories in this sub-county are responsible for supporting hundreds of families: farmers, transporters, workers. At midday, women rush home to prepare a meal for their children who come home from school for lunch break. Women feed their children, and men take a break to take their animals out to graze. When children are home from school in the evening, the entire family breaks for dinner and fellowship, and then rest for work the next day.

Water Situation

The main source of water for this community is Peter Indeche Spring, which is unprotected. This leaves the spring’s water open to contamination from sources like surface runoff, erosion, animals, and waste that is improperly disposed.

The spring is approximately 400 meters away from Friends School Chegulo Primary. This unprotected spring serves a population of approximately 20 households, each having an average population of eight people. Information gathered from the elderly spring users and villagers confirmed that the spring has never gone dry. “Ever since I was born, I have never seen this water dry up even as old as I am today, it’s been serving the community even during the dry seasons,” confirms one user.

If protected, it will help villagers access safe and adequate drinking water. Community members who directly depend on the spring will no longer suffer from waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, amoebic dysentery and others. Users will enjoy their right to health, boosting their confidence and ultimately improving their livelihoods.

Sanitation Situation

Under a quarter of households have their own latrine. The other community members use bushes and the privacy of large sugar plantations. Many of these people are either children or elderly who fear balancing over the latrine’s pit, especially because many of the floors are old and rickety. During our visit, we observed that open defication is a huge issue for this community. Flies are attracted to this waste, and flies carry germs to food.

Most people here do not have clotheslines and dish racks to dry their things; they dry dishes and clothes on the grass. Health and hygiene training on water-handling, the chain of contamination, and waterborne diseases will be key in this community.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Community members will be trained for three days on a variety of health, hygiene and sanitation topics. This training will result in community members donning the roles of health workers and water user committee members. The training facilitator plans to use PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training), CLTS (Community-Led Total Sanitation), and ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development) methods to teach community members, especially the women and children who feel the burden of household responsibility. Training will equip each person with the knowledge needed to practice viable and effective health solutions in their homes and at the spring.

During training, we will take this community on a transect walk to sensitize them to some of the more serious health threats. The transect walk will teach locals to watch for practices that go on and facilities that are present related to good health and hygiene. Sometimes, a participant feels shame when the group arrives at their household and points out things that are unhealthy or unhygienic; but in Kenya, this affects people to make a positive change. Training participants will also vote on and decide the families that should benefit from the five new sanitation platforms.

Plans: Sanitation Platforms

The five families chosen by the community will receive a sanitation platform, which is a concrete floor that makes a great foundation for a safe and clean latrine. These families will prepare by sinking a pit that the concrete slab can be placed over. These five new latrines will go a long way in reducing the level of open defecation in this community!

Plans: Spring Protection

Locals are eagerly preparing for this spring protection project. They have agreed to gather the local materials needed for construction to begin, which include sand, ballast, hardcore, bricks, fencing poles, and even a few helpful hands!

When visiting Peter Indeche Spring we met Emily, a local farmer who says,

“We have for a long time never seen clean water in this area. Since I got married here, I have been drawing water from this point but never at all seen this spring dry off. All my children were born while we draw water from this source, and as a mother I have had to incur medical costs and long queues in the hospitals. I think the entire community needs knowledge on sanitation and hygiene. Most affected are the children. Sometimes we have been forced to queue and sit here on our jerrycans waiting to draw water, we will be pleased to see this spring protected.”

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Recent Project Updates

12/19/2017: A Year Later: Peter Indeche Spring

A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection with the community surrounding Peter Indeche in Western 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, Christine Luvandwa, with you.

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09/14/2016: Peter Indeche Spring Protection Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to protect Peter Indeche Spring in Kenya is now complete. The spring is protected from contamination, five sanitation platforms have been provided for the community, and training has been given in sanitation and hygiene. Imagine the changes that all of these resources are going to bring for these residents! You made it happen, now help keep the water flowing! Join our team of monthly donors and help us maintain this well and many other projects.

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Project Result: New Knowledge

Hygiene and sanitation training was held at Peter Indeche’s home, whom the spring is named after. He is the spring’s landowner, so this made his home the most convenient for all community members. We notified Mr. Indeche ahead of time so that he could spread the word about the location, date, and time of training.

There were more women than men at training, since women are viewed as most responsible for water, sanitation and hygiene-related activities in their community. This saves men time to invest in more economic, income-generating activities.

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Topics included but were not limited to:

– Community contribution and responsibilities

– Leadership and governance

– Group dynamics

– Forming an effective water user committee for management and maintenance of the spring

– Water pollution

– Water-related diseases

– Building disease transmission barriers

– Proper handling of food and water

– Importance of having and using a latrine

– Hand-washing

The facilitator used demonstrations, role-plays, discussions, and brainstorming to teach those topics and more. Community members actively participated in each lesson and we witnessed their excitement to act on what they learned. Mr. Indeche’s daughter Emily was present at training. She said, “We have never seen such a well-protected spring around here. We are happy for this, especially with the training and lessons it comes with. This to me is a step above from where we have been in terms of water and sanitation. I am sure that members will adhere to this. I have a feeling that our clinic here will close soon and will have no patients to treat on water and poor sanitation diseases! Among other topics, water-related diseases, site management and maintenance were particularly important to us as a community.”

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Project Result: Sanitation Platforms

A total of five sanitation platforms (concrete flooring for pit latrines) were constructed and installed for beneficiaries around Peter Indeche Spring. These five families are happy about this milestone and are optimistic that there will be much less open defecation. People without proper latrines would opt to use the bushes and privacy of sugarcane crops, but now have a private place of their own. It is expected that proper use of latrine facilities provided by the sanitation platforms will go a long way in reducing pollution of the environment.

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Project Result: Spring Protection

Construction for this spring protection began on April 1st.

Spring protection involves conducting a water quality test; clearing the site, excavating the land uphill from the spring discharge until three feet of water is flowing; packing hard core; reinforcing and casting the foundation slab, building the main and wing walls; fitting the delivery pipes, inlets, draw off pipe, overflow, and inlet screen; backfilling; installing a pipe low in the collection wall to direct the water from the interception reservoir to a concrete or plastic spring box; landscaping and drainage; fencing the area; digging drainage.

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The community helped by providing clean sand, bricks, sugar sacks, ballast, hard core, and other materials that could be found in their area. When the necessary materials were gathered, the community even helped our artisans with the actual construction. In the meantime, local women cooked for the work team and opened their homes for when they needed rest.

Mr. Indeche witnessed the entire process, and was very impressed with the results. “I am trying to compare this water point today with a week ago, but I can’t! It is amazing to see this place transformed in this manner, but most importantly we are now free of diseases,” he said.

The water user committee already reports that the population using Peter Indeche Spring has drastically increased and is swelling by the day. Before, people feared to draw water from the unprotected spring and instead walked long distances in search of clean water. Now, there is trust in Peter Indeche Spring.

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08/09/2016: Peter Indeche Spring Protection Project Underway

We are excited to share that work around Peter Indeche Spring has begun. Community members have been drinking contaminated water from this spring, and often suffer physical illnesses after doing so. Our partner conducted a survey of the area and deemed it necessary to protect the spring, build new sanitation platforms (safe, easy-to-clean concrete floors for latrines), and conduct sanitation and hygiene training. Thanks to your generosity, waterborne disease will no longer be a challenge for the families drinking the spring’s water. We look forward to sharing more details with you as they come! But for now, please take some time to check out the report containing community information, pictures, and GPS coordinates.

The Water Project and the community of Peter Indeche Spring Thank You for giving the hope of clean water and good health.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Kakamega, Malava, Butali Chegulo, Chegulo, Mahusi, Makale Village
ProjectID: 4573
Install Date:  09/14/2016

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 01/28/2018

Visit History:
08/25/2016 — Functional
11/01/2016 — Functional
02/27/2017 — Functional
05/09/2017 — Functional
08/31/2017 — Functional
01/28/2018 — Functional

A Year Later: Peter Indeche spring

November, 2017

This community has embraced the water project and have fully owned it. Their water is still clean and the spring is in good working condition. This is encouraging as it is an assurance that the project will be sustained in order to benefit the current population and future generations.

A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection with the community surrounding Peter Indeche in Western 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, Christine Luvandwa, with you.

The lives of the community surrounding Peter Indeche spring has greatly improved in terms of household cleanliness. Community members have been able to erect and construct the various sanitation structures relevant for ensuring proper hygiene and sanitation is maintained. Environmental cleanliness is also something one would also notice when walking around this community. The contamination channels through which the water source was being contaminated has been blocked thus ensuring access to clean and safe drinking water. All these can therefore be attributed to the training this community received.

In terms of maintenance and operation of the facility, the community members need reminder through a refresher course on how to properly clean and manage the water source, and on how to use some of the available local materials for income generation to improve their livelihoods. We will cover these topics through a refresher training.

“From what I have experienced,” explains community member Charles Indeche, “and what I have seen from my neighbors is our women are happier now since they can easily access water within the shortest time possible. This has helped in time saving and management, where they have been able to spend their time on other activities like farming and looking for casual jobs to increase household income. My children now hardly complain of stomach ache and other water related diseases as in the past. I would say this is due to the hand washing training we got, and the water handling training that my wife and I received that has contributed to this situation.”

16-year-old Mildred Aliviza shares her experience since the spring was protected last year. “As an individual, I have now been able to spend more time studying. I’m sure you are well aware in our communities the girls do the domestic jobs after school. So, now I spend less time looking for water, which is good for my academic performance.”

This community has embraced the water project and have fully owned it. Their water is still clean and the spring is in good working condition. This is encouraging as it is an assurance that the project will be sustained in order to benefit the current population and future generations.

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.

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.