Janepher Opanda Spring Protection and Sanplats

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Kenyan Spring Protection

Latitude 0.01
Longitude 34.56

350 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

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 Mulianda Village, Ebutsyimi location, Mwibona Ward of Vihiga County. The spring serves a total of 350 people from 50 different households. 70 are men and 280 are women. The spring is used for domestic and agricultural purposes.


Janepher Opanda Spring is not protected from contaminates; it is affected by run-off and human activity. Since the spring flows through low land, it is especially contaminated by dirty rainwater run-off. This has resulted in constant outbreaks of many water-related illnesses that include flu, typhoid, dysentery and coughs.

The community also lacks sanitation facilities. Many people do not have proper latrines, bathrooms, compost pits, clotheslines, or dish racks. Those that do not have latrines are forced to relieve themselves in the bushes, often near the water source.  The latrines that exist are in very poor condition, so children do not use them for fear of falling through the slats. Concrete sanitation platforms (sanplats) will provide a safer and cleaner way for both adults and children to use the bathroom.

Improvements in both water supply and sanitation are necessary for infant health, and parents look forward to a reduction of infant deaths.

Results of the project:

Spring Protection

Janepher Opanda Spring is now protected and no longer open to contamination. WEWASAFO and the spring beneficiaries expect that cases of water-related illnesses will soon decrease. This fills families with hope; they will no longer spend a large portion of money on treating complications, but will instead use it to pay their children’s school fees and invest in their household farms. Safe water not only saves money, but also saves time. The hours spent traveling miles away in search of medical attention will now be turned into productive, economic activities. In the long run, standards of living will improve.

Household Sanitation Platforms

New, effective latrines will prevent further contamination. Five households that did not previously have a latrine dug and constructed within their compounds have received sanitation platforms. These are now in use by a total of 38 beneficiaries. These people who previously had to resort to using the bushes now have a safe and private place to call their own.

Thank You for your gracious partnership that unlocks potential for the people of Janepher Spring.

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Recent Project Updates

11/09/2015: Janepher Opanda Spring Protection and Sanitation Project Complete

We are excited to share that the project at Janepher Opanda Spring is complete! The spring has been protected up to a safe, concrete catchment area where a spout supplies clean water to beneficiaries. Five households that previously had no latrines are now using new, private sanitation platforms. These improvements will save community members’ health, money, and time. We look forward to an overall improvement in this village’s standard of living, all thanks to your help.

The report has been updated with more project information and pictures. Please take some time to enjoy the fruits of this labor.

The Water Project and Janepher Opanda Spring community Thank you for unlocking potential.

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10/20/2015: Janepher Spring Project Underway!

We are excited to inform you that with your support, changes in Mulianda Village will soon be made. As of now, families living around Janepher spring are affected by water contamination and run-down sanitation facilities. Your funds will help provide clean water and safer bathrooms for community members. Necessary supplies, labor, and training will all be provided for in the next few months.

Please check above for community information, pictures, and GPS coordinates.

We look forward to the improvements that are to come, and will keep you posted when more information is available.

The Water Project and people of Mulianda Village thank you for your generous help!


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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 4424
Install Date:  12/31/2015

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 01/31/2018

Visit History:
03/18/2016 — Functional
08/14/2016 — Functional
10/30/2016 — Functional
03/30/2017 — Functional
06/26/2017 — Functional
01/31/2018 — Functional

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.