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).
This unprotected spring is located in Ebushisoka Village, Kushiku sub-location, Mulwanda location, Khwisero District of Kakamega County. The spring flows through the Emunga'bo primary school compound. It serves a total population of approximately 500 pupils, with primary composed of 206 boys and 196 girls and early childhood composed of 60 boys and 40 girls. (While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. To learn more, click here. This community is receiving a second project, a rainwater harvesting system. To view this project, click here.)
This spring water is used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning purposes in the compound.
The school spring is contaminated by surface run-off and student activity in the area. The Headmaster reports that students and staff have used this source for years without boiling or purifying the water in any way. This has resulted in water-borne diseases like Typhoid, Cholera, and Malaria.
Sanitation is also an issue in and around the school compound. Many community members living around the school do not have well-built latrines, while others have none at all.
Parents and pupils alike are urging WEWASAFO to consider their area for a project.
Results of the Project:
Protection of the Emunga'bo spring is complete and now in use. The water is used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning purposes in the school.
Before, the spring water was contaminated by bacteria. But now, with proper protection and a good catchment area along with proper drainage ditches, water from the source is safe for human consumption. Pupils will be able to access clean water throughout the year, and the cases of waterborne illnesses are expected to decrease, maybe even disappear.
Household Sanitation Platforms
Sanitation platforms for households around the spring area have been installed and are now in use. The teachers and parents who benefited are very happy to use the new facilities. These platforms are easy to use and easy to clean, and other parents are eager to replicate them in their own homes. This will go a long way in improving sanitation in this community.