Emunga'bo Primary School Spring Protection and Sanplats

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Kenyan Spring Protection

Latitude 0.11
Longitude 34.55

500 Served

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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).

Background Information

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:

Spring Protection

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.

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Recent Project Updates

12/03/2015: Emunga'bo Primary School Picture Update

One of our staff members just returned from visiting Emunga’bo Primary School. She took some wonderful pictures of students enjoying their clean water, all with so much radiating joy! Please take a minute to enjoy the last four new pictures under our Photos and Video tab on the site, and see how your generosity has changed the lives of these children. Thank you!

The Water Project : kenya4415-smiling

10/23/2015: Emunga'bo Primary's Spring Protection Complete

You have made a huge improvement possible for students of Ebushisoka Village! The water running through the school compound was posing a health threat to children, who would drink it without taking any precautions. This spring is now protected. Moreover, students have learned the proper steps to ensure their water is not contaminated.

There is a lot of work being done at Emunga’bo Primary School this season. We look forward to more news about the rainwater harvesting tank in construction, as well as reports on the content and results of the school hygiene training. We will keep you informed about the fruits of your generosity.

The Water Project and Emunga’bo Primary School students, teachers, and parents Thank You for unlocking potential and hope.

The Water Project : kenya4415-17-complete

10/01/2015: Emunga'bo Primary School Spring Protection Project Underway

We are excited to let you know that, thanks to your willingness to help, a spring right in the compound of Emuga’bo Primary School in Kenya will soon be protected, so that it is a reliable source of safe, clean water. This school is also receiving a new rainwater harvesting tank and 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 school, GPS coordinates, and pictures. A lot of work has already been done. We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4415-11-construction

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 4415
Install Date:  09/22/2015

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 01/31/2018

Visit History:
10/02/2015 — Functional
03/15/2016 — Needs Attention
07/25/2016 — Functional
02/03/2017 — Needs Repair
04/10/2017 — Needs Repair
07/29/2017 — Needs Attention
08/24/2017 — Functional
01/31/2018 — 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.