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The Water Project: Richard Spring -
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The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -
The Water Project: Richard Spring -

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 280 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2016

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 08/29/2019

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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

Most of the population in this area is from the Butsotso sub-tribe. Those who live in Luanda Village start their days very early. When the men wake up, they immediately head off to work on their farms. When the women get up, they help their children get ready for school. Once everything is finished around the house, wives will join their husbands. These farmers specialize in raising dairy cattle and growing maize, sugarcane, ground nuts, bananas, and other vegetables. When there isn’t anything to be done on the farm (which is rare), men will undertake stone excavation or sand harvesting to supply local construction distributors. A lot of the money these parents earn is invested in their children’s education. These folks are extremely hardworking.

Luanda Village is home to 280 people from about 40 different households.

Water Situation

These 280 people rely on Richard Spring for their water. They use it for drinking, cooking, household chores, and irrigation during the dry season. The women and children are those primarily responsible for fetching enough water for their families.

Community members say that the spring has never failed to supply them with water, even after long periods without rain. But the spring is unprotected, meaning that it is open to contamination from many different sources. Some of these contaminants are from surface runoff that washes feces, chemicals, and other waste into the water when it rains. Other times, animals live in or drink from the water.

Once water is delivered back home, it is separated into containers by use. Water for drinking is stored in clay pots, because these keep the water cooler. Water for cooking and cleaning is kept in open plastic containers anywhere from 50 to 100 liters. After drinking water from Richard Spring, community members complain of typhoid, amoebas, and diarrhea-related illnesses.

Sanitation Situation

More than half of homes in this area do not have pit latrines, forcing family members to use the privacy of bushes. This endangers the entire community. Those who do have latrines have made them out of mud, wood slats, and banana leaves. The same low number of homes have bathing rooms for personal hygiene. There are no places to wash hands. Most people dispose of garbage on their farms, separating the biodegradable to make compost.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training and Sanitation Platforms

This community requires training on good hygiene and sanitation practices for them to improve the environment they live in. They will learn about how to keep a clean environment and maintain personal hygiene.

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. These five families will have to prepare for the platform by sinking their own latrine pit.

Training will also result in the formation of a water user committee that will oversee and maintain the spring protection. Other training participants will join a group of community health workers who will promote and teach healthy habits to their neighbors.

Plans: Spring Protection

Fetching water negatively affects women and young girls on a daily basis. It holds them back from getting more important things accomplished. Protecting Richard Spring will empower the female members of the community by creating more time for them to engage with or invest in income-generating activities. Protecting the spring will improve the health of all community members. Since they heard the news, everybody has been very optimistic. One of the local mothers, Susan Makokha, told us “Getting clean water for the community has been difficult, but at least God has remembered us through WEWASAFO.”

Project Updates


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

A year ago, generous donors helped the community around Richard Spring in Western Kenya build a spring protection and sanitation platforms. Because of these gifts and contributions from 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 partners, Rose Sereti and Mary Afandi, with you.


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10/26/2016: Richard Spring Protection Project Underway

We are excited to share that work around Richard 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 click on the tabs above to find our report containing community information, pictures, and GPS coordinates.

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


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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: Richard Spring

November, 2017

“I am happy to say that Richard Spring has not been the same since the project intervention last year. The protected spring has reduced the sickness and now the community has clean and safe water.”

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A year ago, generous donors helped the community around Richard Spring in Western Kenya build a spring protection and sanitation platforms. Because of these gifts and contributions from 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 partners, Rose Sereti and Mary Afandi, with you.

The community around Richard Spring has experienced incredible transformation since the local spring was protected to ensure clean water for the community.  Lilian Achieng, a woman in the community who benefits from the water at Richard spring testifies to the improved health that she has seen.  She proclaims, “I am happy to say that Richard Spring has not been the same since the project intervention last year. The protected spring has reduced the sickness and now the community has clean and safe water.”  Yet, the improved health can only happen with improved hygiene and sanitation practices, and the community around Richard Spring has made some incredible improvements in this area.

Rose and Mary report, “The community members living around Richard Spring are now very healthy and happy. The surrounding environment is clean. Initially there were complains of diseases outbreak like malaria, typhoid, diarrhoea and stomachache. Nowadays they are happy because the money used for medical is being used for taking care of the family.” When the cases of sickness are reduced because of clean water and improved hygiene and sanitation practices, the people are freed to use both time and resources toward other personal and family goals.

Barrack Okova, age 9, is enthusiastic about the impact that it has had on him and other children in the community.  He shares, “I am happy because we have a lot of water for drinking, cooking and washing. In addition, we don’t take a lot of time to draw water because there are two pipes which discharge water.” Yet, Barack and other community members have noticed impact beyond just access to clean water- they see that the community is healthier because open defecation is no longer a problem since people have access to pit latrines.

One protected spring unlocks the potential for many families!  We are excited to stay in touch with this community and to report the impact for those drawing clean water from Richard Spring.

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 Richard Spring maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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