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The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -
The Water Project: Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring -

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: Kenyan Spring Protection

Impact: 175 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2015

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/14/2020

Project Features


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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum. Our team is pleased to directly share the report below (edited for clarity, as needed).

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

This unprotected spring is located in Mumuli Village 7km away from Kakamega County Headquarters, off Kakamega – Ingotse road, Kakamega Central Sub-county, and Lurambi Division, Shikoti location, Murumba sub-Location, Butsotso East ward. The spring serves over 25 households with a total population 175 of people including children. The population is made up of 100 females and 75 males.

Justification

During vetting of the spring by the WASH staff, it was evident that the water and sanitation situation at the unprotected spring was wanting. The spring is located downhill and since it is not protected, the water source is open to contamination by surface run off. The community members using the spring admitted that there have been cases of water borne diseases. The most affected were the children and pregnant women

The water is used for drinking for both human and animals, cooking, and irrigation on the farms especially during the dry period.

With regard to water improvement, the community members stated they have been drinking that water since they were born and very few boil or disinfect it because they cannot afford buying chlorine for the treatment and firewood or boiling. They are forced to go to the forest in search of firewood which is risky for women and children and if they are found in the forest they need to pay a fine of five hundred shillings.

Sanitation is also a big problem as many people have no good latrines and others even use bushes, also contaminating the water.

The community members are in dire need of support and are urging WEWASAFO and The Water Project to consider them and protect the spring so that they can reduce diarrhea diseases and reduce time wasted in order to engage in other economic activities.

Results of the Project:

Spring Protection

Protection of Marko Mutamba Mumuli spring is complete and now in use.

Before protection, water quality samples were collected from the spring and taken to the government laboratory for tests.The results revealed that the water from the spring was both bacteriologically and E. Coli contaminated. But now with protection and proper conservation of the water catchment area,  the level of  contamination has been completely minimized. Cases of water borne diseases are now expected to greatly reduce.

The community members are  happy to use the spring since they know for sure that they are getting safe water. They are also confident that with the training they received from the WEWASAFO Wash team, they will now take sanitation and hygiene to the next level.

All Thanks to The Water Project for their continuous support to the community members.

Sanitation Platforms

Household sanitation platforms (cement slabs for latrine construction) have been installed for the community members who benefitted from them and are now using them.

Simon, one of the slab beneficiaries really thanked The Water Project for casting a slab for his family. He admitted that they can now use the toilet as opposed to the previous situation where they were forced to use the bush. Hygiene and Sanitation has improved in their home. Other community members are keen to replicate the same in their homes.

Project Updates


05/27/2020: COVID-19 Prevention Training Update at Mumuli Community, Marko Mutamba Mumuli Spring

Our teams are working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us in our fight against the virus while maintaining access to clean, reliable water.

Facilitator teaches the 10 steps of handwashing

We are carrying out awareness and prevention trainings on the virus in every community we serve. Very often, our teams are the first (and only) to bring news and information of the virus to rural communities like Mumuli, Kenya.

Community member addresses the group at training

We trained more than 34 people on the symptoms, transmission routes, and prevention of COVID-19. Due to public gathering concerns, we worked with trusted community leaders to gather a select group of community members who would then relay the information learned to the rest of their family and friends.

Community member reads an informational pamphlet on COVID-19

We covered essential hygiene lessons:

– Demonstrations on how to build a simple handwashing station

– Proper handwashing technique

– The importance of using soap and clean water for handwashing

– Cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces including at the water point.

Explaining how to observe social distancing while waiting to fetch water at the spring

We covered COVID-19-specific guidance in line with national and international standards:

– Information on the symptoms and transmission routes of COVID-19

– What social distancing is and how to practice it

– How to cough into an elbow

– Alternative ways to greet people without handshakes, fist bumps, etc.

– How to make and properly wear a facemask.

A man holds the reminder chart with prevention measures listed

During training, we installed a new handwashing station with soap near the community’s water point, along with a sign with reminders of what we covered.

Question and answer session

Due to the rampant spread of misinformation about COVID-19, we also dedicated time to a question and answer session to help debunk rumors about the disease and provide extra information where needed.

The Village Administrator address the group at training

We continue to stay in touch with this community as the pandemic progresses. We want to ensure their water point remains functional and their community stays informed about the virus.

Observing social distancing

Water access, sanitation, and hygiene are at the crux of disease prevention. You can directly support our work on the frontlines of COVID-19 prevention in all of the communities we serve while maintaining their access to safe, clean, and reliable water.


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Project Photos


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!


Contributors

Project Sponsor - St. Therese Foundation