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Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 140 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/23/2019

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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

Bartholomew Spring is found in Evihule Village, Murumba, East Butsotso, Lurambi Constituency of Kakamega County. This unprotected spring has been serving and still serves a population of over 20 households who depend on it entirely for their drinking and domestic uses. Information gathered from the local users confirms that the spring is permanent; it constantly serves the community even through the driest seasons.

Mothers here wake up early in the morning to help their children prepare for school. The women run to the spring to collect water for their household chores including cleaning, feeding cattle, and cooking. While women attend to their children and homes, men attend to their large sugarcane plantations by planting, cultivating, cutting, or loading the crop that is ready to sell to the sugar factory. All of the families here depend on the growth and sale of these crops. There are a number of churches in the village that belong to different denominations, and a few well-known schools such as Shikoti Girls School.

Water Situation

The wait at the spring takes up a lot of time, which especially affects the farmers. When it hasn’t rained recently, farmers must go to the spring to fetch water for irrigation. One of the men told us, “Every evening around 4pm we always crowd here trying to get this precious commodity, but we have to sit on our buckets for long waiting for our turns and that hurts me a lot.” Since there is no discharge pipe that helps the spring flow, the water is stirred and muddied as each person dunks their bucket. Most of the wait is allowing time for the water to settle before fetching again.

The spring is unprotected and contaminated by surface runoff, people stepping into the water as they draw, and domestic animals that are allowed to wander. Dirty particles float on top of the water; old and used wrappers and dry leaves.

As a result of drinking this unprotected, contaminated water, community members report cases of waterborne diseases such as typhoid, diarrhea and cholera. When checking out the spring we met Adelaide, a woman who spends her time helping on the family farm. “I have been drinking water from here for long and it never dries. Most of the time we go to the clinic to treat typhoid and diarrhea which we suspect emanates from this water point. We have never had a chance for anyone to support us protect it.”

Sanitation Situation

Under half of households in the area have their own pit latrine. Most have brush for walls, no roofs, and floors made of crisscrossed logs. Without roofs, these wood floors are likely to rot away! These floors are particularly dangerous for small children and the elderly, who fear falling into the pit. When walking around the village, open defecation was an obvious issue, the majority of which is practiced on the sugarcane plantations.

Not many families have helpful tools either, such as dish racks, clotheslines, or most importantly, hand-washing stations. They don’t know how important simple tools like these are to maintain health.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Community members will be trained for four 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. It will also result in the formation of a committee that will oversee and maintain their new spring protection system. They will take up activities such as digging extra drainage and fencing out wild animals. Other training participants will take up the gauntlet of health promotion; they will be community health workers responsible for teaching others about the good hygiene and sanitation practices they learned during training.

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

All of the villagers who depend on Bartholomew Spring risk getting waterborne diseases on a daily basis. Protecting this spring will instead give users their right to enjoy good health, boost their confidence, and ultimately contribute to prolonging lives. This is the only water point in the village, so if it provides safe water, disease will be drastically reduced. The construction will also have a proper discharge pipe and drainage that will greatly increase the water flow. An increased flow of water at the spring will decrease the long wait that keeps farmers out during late hours!

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.

Project Updates


12/19/2017: A Year Later: Bartholomew Spring

A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection and sanitation platforms with the community surrounding Bartholomew Spring 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, Rose Serete, 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: Bartholomew Spring

November, 2017

Water borne diseases reduced drastically allowing the community to use their resources in the right way rather than using it in seeking medication.

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A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection and sanitation platforms with the community surrounding Batholomew Spring 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, Rose Serete, with you.

Before this spring was protected, this community suffered from water borne diseases, hindering progress and development of the community. But after implementation, water borne diseases reduced drastically allowing the community to use their resources in the right way rather than using it in seeking medication. When you draw close to Batholomew Spring, you are welcomed by a serene environment full of different types of plantation that was brought about because of the spring.

Carolyne Werengekha, community member, shared how this water project has impacted her life. “Since the project was implemented I am now accessible to safe and adequate drinking water. I thank God because through your training many homes have tippy taps and hygiene is highly practiced. I also don’t waste time in the spring and have more time, thus I can handle many activities in a day. I am now able to save a bit of money I get as opposed to the past when I used to spent it all on medication.”

“We still have challenges with some homes sharing latrines so there is need to empower them on this,” she adds.

15-year old Brighton Bwiili also shared how the spring protection has impacted him. “My life has changed because we as a family are at peace, we used to share the pit latrine with my neighbor who was harsh. We also have sufficient time to study because when I come to the spring I take the shortest time possible. This has made me to improved personally in my academics. I thank God for this water project.”

This community has really maintained well. They also need to keep up proper hygiene in their homes and keep teaching others about hygiene.  We will conduct monitoring and evaluation to ensure that the spring serves the intended purpose and that the community members get accessed to safe and clean water for drinking as well as for general chores at home.

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 Bartholomew Spring maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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

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