Bweseletse Spring



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Country:
Kenya

Program:
Kenyan Spring Protection

GPS:
Latitude 0.33
Longitude 34.81

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

This project is being implemented by our partner Western Water And Sanitation Forum, and includes the construction of a spring protection system. 

This unprotected spring is located in Bweseletse village, Lubao sub location, Kambiri location in Shinyalu constituency. The spring is serving a total number of 505 people from 57 households of which 145 are male, 152 female, 190 children and 18 disabled.

Justification

Due to the great number of people drawing water from the spring for domestic use, the water is usually contaminated due to poor handling. This also in the process wastes a lot of time for the women and children while waiting for it to clear before fetching again. This wasted time would otherwise be used for other economical activities.

Conflict usually arise during this period of waiting for the water to be clear and fights amongst the women and their children in terms of first come first served frequently arises around the spring. This eventually creates room for gossips among women and children.

When it rains the water is normally contaminated because it’s unprotected hence resulting to out breaks of water borne diseases. As reported by the community, the mostly affected are children and women who suffered mostly from typhoid, diarrhea, dysentery and amoeba.

The community spends a lot of money treating the water borne diseases that they would otherwise spent for other economical activities. One of the community members Alice stated she used up to Ksh 7,000 in treating typhoid in her family. This money she stated could have enabled her pay school fees for here children or boost her poultry and vegetable business. This is one of the factors that contribute to poverty in the region.

On the other hand, due to lack of awareness on catchment area conservation, the landowner practices farming close to the water catchment.  This contributes to polluting the Water by farm chemicals used and silting.

The community also brings their domestic animals for watering at the spring. The surrounding tree coverage is mostly blue gum trees that are planted close to the water catchment areas thus depleting the water quantity.

Generally we have observed that due to lack of good hygiene practices disease out breaks are recurrent in the community as most people do not wash their hands during critical times.

WEWASAFO plans on conducting various trainings that will mitigate the issues previously mentioned above and educate the community on improved farming practices so there will be no further polluting of the water source, as well as planting the appropriate trees that are more conducive to the surround environment. In addition, WEWASAFO will also conduct a hygiene and sanitation training that will focus on behavior changes and improved hygiene and sanitation practices (such as hand washing and eliminating open defecation) amongst community members by using CHAST, PHAST and CLTS methodologies.

The PRA Team in Shinyalu Constituency ranked this spring among those under high priority for protection.

Considering the above situation, WEWASAFO has recommended the spring for protection so that the community can be relieved of its plight.


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Recent Project Updates


05/29/2014: Bweseletse Spring Project Complete

We are excited to report that a water project has been completed in the village of Bweseletse, Kenya.  A spring has been protected so that it is a safe source of clean water, sanitation platforms have been constructed, and training has been received on sanitation and hygiene, all of which will help stop the spread of disease within this community.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field giving information about the community and pictures of the project.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!


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Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Bweseletse village, Lubao sub location, Kambiri location in Shinyalu constituency, Kenya
ProjectID: 4285
Install Date:  05/29/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 04/10/2017

Visit History:
07/21/2015 — Functional
10/30/2015 — Functional
08/05/2016 — Functional
10/05/2016 — Functional
04/10/2017 — Functional





Sanitation Saved My Husband

March, 2015

“I thank The Water Project and WEWASAFO for saving my husband from death.”

Joram Kisanji, a 91 year old man, is one of the sanitation platform (sanplat) beneficiaries under the Water and Sanitation (WASH) project implemented by WEWASAFO and funded by The Water Project.

He is married to Mary Kisanji. They have been blessed with 3 children (1 boy and 2 girls), 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. They live in Lubao village, within Kakamega County.

WEWASAFO has been protecting springs in the communities within Kakamega County. For every spring protected, five people in the surrounding community of the spring that are vulnerable, such as orphans, elderly, widows, people with HIV/AIDS and people living with disabilities, are given priority to benefit from the project by receiving a sanplat. Joram Kisanji was selected as one of the sanitation beneficiaries for the Bweseleste Spring as he and his wife are not only elderly but also he is blind.

“I thank The Water Project and WEWASAFO for saving my husband from death. One day when he had gone to help himself in the old latrine, it almost collapsed on him.” remarked Mary Kisanji the wife of Joram Kisanji. Since the husband was blind, he couldn’t find his way around when the wife was not there and one day he felt pressed to go to the toilet. Since his wife was away, he decided to try going to the toilet on his own. He accidentally fell into the deep latrine pit, as he could not position himself on the logs properly. When his wife came back in the evening she looked for him and could not find him and when she went to relieve herself in the toilet she found that he had fallen in the toilet.

As we were invited into Joram’s home, he shared with us a brief history of his long life. He worked in the Army as a Corporal for 4 years and 9 months during World War I in Arabia. The effect of tear gas and gunshots affected his eyes. He suffered partial blindness in year 1999 and in the year 2000 he suffered total blindness. He also worked as a cook for a British colonialist between 1933 and 1980. This was evident with the fluent English he spoke.

“Without Mary I would have died in that old toilet one day. Thanks to her for saving my life and thanks to you for the good toilet that you have built for me. Now I can access it without worry.” He was coughing frequently during our time with him and we soon learned that he had a large painful swelling on his back that caused him difficulties in breathing and a lot of coughing. WEWASAFO recorded this information and will notify the social services department of WEWASAFO so that they might assist him in finding help for his unidentified illness.

As he bid fare well to us, on a lighter note he joked by saying, “Next time when you come, kindly bring me a gift of shoes or clothes, and God bless you all as you undertake the community work.”


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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.