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The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -
The Water Project: Mukoko Spring Protection Project -

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 285 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Oct 2016

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 09/23/2019

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Community Profile

Welcome to the Community

For a normal day in Lwesero Community, women and girls wake up at 5am to prepare breakfast for the rest of their family members. At around 6:30am, they leave for Mukoko Spring to fetch water for the rest of the household chores. On average, a local must make 8 -10 trips in a day to collect enough water for watering animals, cooking, cleaning, and drinking.

At around 8am people head over to their farms tend sugarcane and maize, while others take their animals to graze. Others try to make a living selling goods as petty traders.

After preparing lunch, women and men have separate community meets; women have women’s group, and men have men’s group until about 5pm. When women return home, it’s time to go to the river again to fetch water for preparing supper.

Water Situation

On learning that Emuyokha Spring in a neighboring village is protected and sparing people their time and health, the leadership at Mukoko Spring sent in their own application for a project. They know that as long as their Mukoko Spring is still unprotected, they will continue to suffer from waterborne disease. Some locals even decided to start making the trek two kilometers away to Emuyokha, since they heard it was safe. This very long journey back and forth for water wastes a huge amount of time for women and children, and has resulted in a greater conflict at home.

After visiting Mukoko Spring for ourselves, it was easy to see the need for a spring protection project. Locals dunk a small container directly in the spring to fill a larger jerrycan, which normally holds 20 liters. Small children can start with a five-liter jerrycan, but the bigger the better! More water means less trips to the spring. But more dirty water isn’t good – Due to a lack of awareness about water pollution, many locals wash clothes, water animals, and even bathe in the spring. Farming is also done very close to the water, resulting in various chemical fertilizers and pesticides washing into the spring’s water during rains.

Once a woman or child totes their full container back home, it is consolidated in a larger 100 to 200-liter barrel.

The village leader, Alfred Makuba, speaks about this situation:

“We are very happy for what WEWASAFO is doing in our community; they protected Emuyokha Spring and the beneficiaries have increased, as well as resulted to reduced rates of waterborne diseases. Beneficiaries from Mukoko Spring have been walking over 2km to access safe water at Emuyokha Spring!

Due to the distance most people, especially children, opt for the water from Mukoko Spring though it’s unprotected. This has caused rampant cases of diarrhea diseases and especially stomachaches, typhoid and amoeba.”

A lot of money is spent on treating complications from drinking Mukoko Spring’s water, and is probably a key reason for poverty in this village. And if women and children want to find a source of cleaner water, a lot of time and potential is wasted that could have been used economically.

Sanitation Situation

No more than half of households have a pit latrine. Open defecation is a huge issue in this area! Any latrines that we saw are in a dilapidated and dangerous state. Women and children fear using these latrines, and thus opt for relieving themselves in the open. Mary Makovi (picture can be found in the “See Photos & Video” section), a mother who lives near Mukoko Spring said that “We don’t have a toilet, as our toilet collapsed so we go to the bush. We go at night and during the day it’s difficult to hide from people. It would be much better to have toilets here as women we shall have our privacy and have a sense of dignity. It would be a lot cleaner and the children would suffer from diarrhea a lot less.”

No more than half of households have useful tools like dish racks or clotheslines to help safely dry their belongings. We saw that indeed a few people know a little about good hygiene and sanitation, but the majority needs to learn.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training and Sanitation Platforms

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 community 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.

By the end of training, participants will also have identified five needy families to benefit from sanitation platforms. Sanitation platforms are concrete floors for latrines that are safe and easy to clean. Five new places to use the bathroom will help create a cleaner living situation for the entire community. One of those needy families may be Mary’s!

Plans: Spring Protection

Locals are eagerly preparing for this spring protection project. They have agreed to gather the local materials needed for construction, which include sand, ballast, hardcore, bricks, fencing poles, and even a few helpful hands! Mukoko Spring’s yield is already fairly high, so now we will work on protecting this reliable source to make it a clean source, too!

Project Updates


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

A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection and sanitation platforms for the community surrounding Mukoko Spring in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to 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, Amadaro Allan, 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: Mukoko Community

September, 2017

“The community members now have access to clean, safe and adequate water. The spring discharges water at a speed of 41 seconds to fill a 20 Liter containers. Women in this community now draw water easily from the spring as water trickles from a pipe. It saves them time compared to the previous years where they would spend a lot of time scooping dirty, contaminated water at the spring.”

Keeping The Water Promise

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A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection and sanitation platforms for the community surrounding Mukoko Spring in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners are able to 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, Amadaro Allan, with you.

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The community around Mukoko Spring continues to experience changes with their protected water source.  Alfred Makuba, an elder in the village shares, “The water at this spring is clean and safe for drinking unlike how it was before the protection. Women and children can now easily fetch water at the spring and at the same time save time for other chores.”  Alfred claims that the number of disease cases arising from water are now very minimal in the community.

The children in the community are also noticing a difference.  Beatrice Makovi, age 13, says, “Life has changed for us as it is now easy for us to fetch water at the spring.”  The time Beatrice initially spent fetching water has been reduced and she says it has helped her concentrate more on her books and school work as she finishes her chores early.

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WEWASAFO will continue supporting the Mukoko community to ensure that clean water is consistently available.  WEWASAFO also teaches the community how to keep the water clean until it is used or consumed. In addition WEWASAFO trains and challenges the community to build and maintain clean latrines. Mr. Makuba reports the collective work in their village: “The spring’s and household’s sanitation status has been upheld by community members with the trained community health volunteers making rounds in the village ensuring households are clean.”

While it may seem like one spring is just a drop in the bucket, Mukoko Spring continues to provide safe drinking water and many people are freed to pursue their own vision for a flourishing life.  We are excited to stay in touch with this community and to report the news as they continue on their journey with clean water.

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 Mukoko Spring Protection Project maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

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