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The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -
The Water Project: Buyonga Spring, Kidinye Community -

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 150 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Nov 2016

Functionality Status:  Water Flowing - Needs Attention

Last Checkup: 09/18/2019

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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

This unprotected spring is located on Mr. Alfred Igunza’s land, approximately three kilometers from Kidinye Secondary School where we built a rainwater catchment tank (click here to check out that project!). Geographically, it is found in Kidinye Village, Ikumba sub-location, Central Maragoli location of Vihiga County. The majority of families living around the spring are from the Maragoli people, a sub-tribe of the larger Luhya Tribe of Western Kenya. These people practice farming of different crops such as maize, cassava, tea and beans and raise animals such as poultry, local dairy animals, etc. Each family does this over a small piece of land though, since the area is highly subdivided because of its high population.

Water Situation

Though the area is densely populated, the spring is fortunately located in a rocky area that is free from most business and agricultural activities. Buyonga Spring serves over 20 different households, or about 150 people. The number of people relying on Buyonga Spring drastically increases during the dry seasons, since neighboring springs no longer flow.

Since Buyonga Spring is unprotected, it is open to contamination from many different sources. Though there are no farms with dangerous fertilizers and pesticides, we noticed that open defecation threatens the water. During the rains, any human or animal waste is washed into the spring’s water. It is also contaminated by people who dip their hands and buckets into the water.

Moreover, it takes a long time to draw water from Buyonga Spring! If you look at the pictures in the “See Photos & Video” section, you will see that the community has improvised a discharge pipe. This small pipe only yields a little water and is located inconveniently low.

Women and children are those seen most at the spring to fetch water. They use buckets and jerrycans, most of which do not have covers. Once home, the water meant for drinking is normally poured into a container with a lid, but that water was still open to contamination on the trip home.

Sanitation Situation

About 70% of families here have a pit latrine of their own. Most of these were too old; smelly, dirty, and almost full. As we walked around the community, we observed that open defecation is an issue, particularly near the farms. Not many households had a bathing room for personal hygiene, either.

We were not able to find any hand-washing stations, nor did we see any simple tools like dish racks or clotheslines. However, everybody got very excited when we mentioned the opportunity to learn about this during hygiene and sanitation training!

We met Judith Musera, a woman who helps her family on the farm every day. She was at the spring and told us “We do face a lot of health problems related to hygiene. Even more so during dry seasons when this spring is overwhelmed and hygiene standards in most households are obviously compromised due to water scarcity.” Without enough water, people can’t keep clean.

The biggest problem in this community is malaria, though. The majority of people lack mosquito nets, and those who have them don’t have enough to protect everyone in the home. Mary Magoka, another mother here, said that the “poverty index in this region is still high. Some households are headed by either children or the elderly because of the HIV/AIDS pandemic that has swept their parents away.” Any assistance to this community will be greatly appreciated.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Community members will be trained for two 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 to protect the spring from 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

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


12/15/2017: A Year Later: Buyonga Spring

A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection and sanitation platforms with the community near Buyonga 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, 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!


"This spring is the happiness welling from within each one of us!"

Derrick Amisi

A Year Later: Buyonga Spring

November, 2017

Since this spring was protected and some homes given sanitation stations, there has been a great improvement in terms of hygiene and sanitation in this community.

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A year ago, generous donors helped build a spring protection and sanitation platforms with the community near Buyonga 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, Erick Wagaka, with you.

The community who use Buyonga Spring have recorded a tremendous change ever since this spring was discovered for use, courtesy of the spring protection initiative. Because the community members took heed of what they got from the hygiene and sanitation training, the rates of diarrhea outbreak have reduced. Now they know what it takes to maintain WASH facilities unlike before this venture. Most of the household environments are also clean and one can walk freely without fear of stepping on unnecessary waste. They have also learned about safe garbage disposal, not just anywhere as they used to.

Judith Musera, Treasure of the Water User Committee, was happy to share her thoughts about the spring protection as well. “Since this spring was protected and some homes given sanitation stations, there has been a great improvement in terms of hygiene and sanitation in this community. The community elder keeps urging everyone to clean his/her environment. Because of the health message given during the training on environmental hygiene, the majority have applied them in their households. The sanitation platforms that were installed have also helped to cut down rampant open defecation cases. The spring protection has been a big blessing to us indeed. We now have clean water thus reduction in diarrhea cases in the area.”

As children, absenteeism in school because of diarrhea cases has greatly reduced,” says 11-year-old Sherline Awinja. “This is because we drink safe water from this spring. When we get home in the evening we don’t waste a lot of time in the spring waiting for others to fetch water. This time round we rush and get water fast then get enough time to do our homework. The spring area is clean and since almost all homes have latrines so that reduces the rate of open waste disposal. I would like to thank those that brought this project here,” she says.

We reached several spring users who were told to reach out to the rest on ways of maintaining this spring in order for it to survive over time. This information was also shared with the other spring users in neighboring communities that at times gets water from this very spring. We will continue to monitor this project and visit the community to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

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.


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