Amboye Spring Protection and Sanplats

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Kenyan Spring Protection

Latitude 0.01
Longitude 34.57

260 Served

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Stories and 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 below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Background Information

This unprotected spring is located in Esitundu village, Mwitumbwi sub-location, Mukhalakhala location, Mwivona Ward of Luanda Sub County within Vihiga County. The spring is serves 35 households with a total population of 260 people out of which 120 are Men and 140 are women.

The water is used of drinking, cooking, cleaning, watering animals and irrigating vegetables during the dry season.


Since the spring is unprotected its contaminated by surface run off, people stepping into the water as they fetch, animals also stepping in as they drink, and soil erosion.

During the rainy season the spring is inaccessible due to its steepness. The community, especially the children, resort to any water source that is close by and easily accessible.

As a result of this unprotected water, the community members reported that they have had many cases of water borne diseases like typhoid, diarrheal and dysentery. Children are not spared in the out breaks.

When there is an outbreak our children are the worst hit. In fact one of us lost a child due to dehydration caused by diarrhea. Kindly assist us.” Stated Leah, one of the beneficiaries.

Sanitation in this community is wanting as many people have no good latrines and those who have none usually use the bush. The old and the children do not use these old toilets with fear of falling in. As a result many have resorted to open defecation behind the houses and in the banana plantations. This was evident with fresh faeces seen and a lot of flies within the vicinity. These flies carry germs from faeces to the food in the houses increasing the chain of contamination.

Health and hygiene trainings on water handling, chain of contamination, and water borne disease topics using the CLTS approach will be very key in these communities.

The spring beneficiaries approached WEWASAFO and requested to be considered so as to reduce rates of water borne diseases after seeing the protection of Opwole spring (another project with TWP).

Results of the project:

Spring Protection

Protection of Amboye spring is complete and now in use by the community members.

Before the spring was protected, water samples from the source were taken to the Government laboratory for water quality tests.  The results revealed that the water was grossly contaminated with both coli forms and E- coli. But now since the spring is protected and there is proper conservation of the catchment area, the water source is no longer contaminated by surface run off, people stepping into the water as they fetch, or animals stepping in as they drink. The community members were also trained on other methods of water treatment before consumption like boiling. They are now confident that they are drawing clean and safe water. Cases of water borne diseases like typhoid, diarrheal and dysentery, which were initially reported by the community members, are expected to greatly reduce.

Household sanitation platforms

Sanitation platforms (cement slabs for latrine construction) for beneficiaries around the spring have been cast, installed, and are now in use by the community members. Those who benefitted from the sanitation platforms are happy to use the facilities.  The old and the children now use the new latrines without fear of falling in. Many people no longer resort to the cat style method of disposal behind the houses and in the banana plantations. When WEWASAFO wash team went back for follow up on the wash facilities, evidence of fresh faeces was not seen.

Health and hygiene trainings on good hygiene practices, water handling, chain of contamination, and water borne disease transmission using the CLTS (Community Lead Total Sanitation) approach was very key in this community.

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Recent Project Updates

09/24/2015: Amboye Spring Protection Project Complete

We are excited to report that the community surrounding Amboye Spring now has a protected source of safe, clean water. The spring has been protected from contamination and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene. Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We just posted a report including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the project.

Take a look, and Thank You for working with us to unlock potential!

The Water Project : kenya4411-22-completed-project

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 4411
Install Date:  09/18/2015

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 03/11/2018

Visit History:
08/26/2015 — Functional
11/24/2015 — Functional
03/07/2016 — Functional
07/06/2016 — Functional
10/02/2016 — Functional
01/31/2017 — Functional
04/30/2017 — Functional
07/29/2017 — Functional
01/31/2018 — Functional
03/11/2018 — Functional


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Country Details


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.