Location: Kenya

Regional Program:
Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact:
211 Served

Project Phase:
Installed

Functionality Status:
Requires Repair

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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

Mundoli Village is home to 211 people from 31 different households. Most adults spend their days working on their farms to get enough food to feed their families. Some of the men engage in brick-making to sell construction materials to neighboring villages that need them, while their wives tend to smaller gardens.

Water Situation

These 211 people rely on Isaac Jumba Spring for their water. Isaac Jumba Spring is named after the landowner who lives with his family nearby.

Community members bring jerrycans and buckets along with smaller jugs to bail water. The full buckets are brought back home and dumped into even larger barrels of 100 to 200-liter capacities. Drinking water is poured into covered clay pots that are known to keep the water cooler.

“Most of the community members lack latrines and therefore go into the bushes, making the area so smelly. When it rains, the rainwater washes away the feces and contaminates our water sources. Your coming to this community will help us access clean and safe water,” shared Mrs. Jumba.

During our visit, community members described how a child here came down with typhoid and died soon after. On receiving news that there are steps that can be taken to prevent things like this, the community was filled with hope and excitement.

Sanitation Situation

No more than half of households have their own pit latrine. Those observed are old and dirty, with a floor made of logs. These floors are hard to clean, and can also rot away and endanger the user. Walls are made of mud or other cheap materials like banana leaves and plastic bags. Because of these poor conditions, open defecation is an issue in this area. This results in waste that is spread around the community via flies and rainwater.

Mrs. Lukokolo admitted that she is one of the many community members without a good place to use the bathroom. She has been defecating in an open pit surrounded by a sugarcane plantation. If she receives help building a new latrine, she vows to never use that open pit again. She now has plans to dig a pit in preparation for a sanitation platform, and will surround it with a decent superstructure.

There are no hand-washing stations and very few helpful tools like dish racks and clotheslines.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Community members will attend hygiene and sanitation training for at least two days. This training will ensure participants are no longer ignorant about healthy practices and their importance. The facilitator plans to use PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation), CLTS (Community-Led Total Sanitation), ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development), group discussions, handouts, and demonstrations at the spring.

Training will also result in the formation of a committee that will oversee operations and maintenance at the spring. They will enforce proper behavior around the spring and delegate tasks that will help preserve the site, such as building a fence and digging proper drainage.

Plans: Sanitation Platforms

On the final day of training, participants will select five families that should benefit from new latrines.

Training will also inform the community and selected families on what they need to contribute to make this project a success. They must mobilize locally available materials, such as bricks, clean sand, hardcore, and ballast. The five families must prepare by sinking a pit for the sanitation platforms to be placed over. All community members must work together to make sure that accommodations and food are always provided for the work teams.

Plans: Spring Protection

Fetching water is predominantly a female role, done by both women and young girls. Protecting the spring and offering training and support will therefore help empower the female members of the community by giving them more time and efforts to engage and invest in income-generating activities.

In addition, protecting the spring will ensure that the water is safe, adequate and secure. Construction will keep surface runoff and other contaminants out of the water.

“Once the spring is protected,” said 20-year-old Joseph Jumba, “we will ensure it is fenced and that we enforce rules prohibiting anyone from washing at the spring. We cannot afford to contaminate the spring any longer.”


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03/29/2017: Mundoli Village Project Complete

Isaac Jumba Spring in Mundoli, Kenya is now a protected, clean source of water thanks to your donation. 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 spring protection and many other projects.

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Project Result: New Knowledge

Hygiene training for the beneficiaries of Isaac Jumba Spring was held at Mr. Jumba’s compound. This was the perfect venue because community members wanted to honor the spring’s landowner. Two village leaders, Mr. Kombo and Mr. Ashikuku, walked door to door to encourage community members to attend training. This bore fruits, with 16 community members sacrificing their valuable time to attend. All of these participants actively listened and asked questions.

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Training topics included but were not limited to leadership and governance; operation and maintenance of the spring; healthcare; family planning; immunizations; the spread of disease and prevention. We also covered water treatment methods, environmental hygiene, and hygiene promotion. We also took a session to emphasize proper maintenance of the spring protection project. The community should refrain from washing clothes, water animals, farming with fertilizers, and open defecation in the vicinity. We encouraged positive activities such as building a fence and digging proper drainage, which will prevent water pollution.

Hand-washing was both discussed and demonstrated. It is one of the most important barriers in preventing disease. Hands should be washed after visiting the latrine, before cooking, before and after eating, after shaking hands, and after handling garbage. We also taught locals how to build a hand-washing station out of sticks, rope, and plastic containers.

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By the end of the three days, participants formed a water and sanitation committee to oversee and maintain the spring protection. Other participants were equipped with the knowledge to become community health workers. These workers will be responsible for sharing what they learned with the rest of their community by making door-to-door visits. They will continue to keep their neighbors accountable so that the overall community can experience improved health.

Village Chief Phoebe Kombo, pictured below, was one of the training participants. She told us, “The efforts of The Water Project have not only brought us many sanitation platforms, but also the new technique of water purification that is very cost effective to most of us. We know this could not have been possible without sacrifices on the part of various stakeholders to record this great success. Thank you for the quality training more for the concept of solar disinfection (Sodis) of drinking water and Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) skills.”

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Project Result: Sanitation Platforms

All five sanitation platforms have been installed and are ready for use. These five families are happy about this milestone and are optimistic that there will be much less open defecation. People without proper latrines would often use the privacy of bushes, 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 environmental pollution here. We will continue to encourage these five families to build walls and roofs to protect their new platforms.

Mrs. Rose Jahonga and her family were so grateful for this addition to their home. “My family and I are very thankful, for the slabs have aided us in having a positive mindset towards a community free of open defection,” she said.

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Project Result: Spring Protection

Construction to protect Isaac Jumba Spring began on October 4th.

After a spring is earmarked for protection, our artisan arrives to clear the construction site. All bushes and trees are felled with machetes. This is followed by excavating up the slope from the spring output. Ballast is then mixed with cement and sand to make concrete. A wire mesh is lain on the excavated space before the concrete is added in order to create a strong foundation. This foundation is left to cure overnight.

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On the second day, the walls are raised with brick. The artisan then installs a pipe low in the collection wall to direct water from the reservoir to a concrete or plastic spring box. He then backfills the spring source with hardcore until water is flowing from the discharge pipe. The area around the spring is then landscaped, fenced, and drainage is dug. The tiles placed under the discharge pipe help protect the concrete from erosion.

The community helped by gathering sand, bricks, hardcore, and fencing poles. They also housed and fed our artisans as they worked there. The entire community was well organized and motivated to do everything they needed for success. Thus, there were no delays or challenges during construction.

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Isaac Jumba Spring is no longer exposed to contamination from surface runoff, open defecation and other human and animal activities. It serves a great number of people that used to drink dirty water. Cases of waterborne disease will decrease, and the massive amount of resources drained for treatment will now be saved for economic growth.

Mr. Rafael Kombo is a farmer who has always relied on Isaac Jumba Spring. He expressed his gratitude as construction wrapped up, saying “I thank you for enabling us get access to safe clean drinking water by protecting our spring. Initially we were drinking contaminated water but now we are drinking clean water form a safe source.”


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02/22/2017: Mundoli Village Project Underway

We are excited to share that work in Mundoli Community has begun. Community members have been drinking contaminated water from Isaac Jumba 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. Check out the tabs above to read more about this project!

The Water Project and Mundoli Community Thank You for giving the hope of clean water and good health.


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Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Kenya, Kakamega, Mundoli
ProjectID: 4593
Install Date:  03/29/2017

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 05/31/2017
Notes:

We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
02/25/2017 — Needs Repair
05/31/2017 — Needs Repair




Contributors

Country Details

Kenya

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.