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The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Example Of A Dry Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Sanitation Platform Construction
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  A Crab Living At The Spring
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Group Picture
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Learning About The Construction
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Training
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Training
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Training
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Training
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Woman Hanging Laundry
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Girls Eating Termites
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Household
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Fish Pond By Spring
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Community Members Fetching Water
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Shilakaya Community -  Current Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 490 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - May 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Community Profile

A normal day in Shilakaya begins early. Men get up to milk the cows and go straight to their sugarcane plantations. Women go to the spring to fetch water, get their children ready and off to school, and then does some cleaning chores. They then join the men who are already out working.

Water

Shanamwevo Spring produces a ton of water and draws hundreds to rely on it. Community members have fixed banana fiber to where they found water emerging, making it easy to fill their containers. However, the yield is so huge that they have to wade through tons of water to fill those containers. Since this spring is unprotected, it is subjected to many different contaminants. Nonetheless, the water is used for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and irrigating when it doesn’t rain.

Poverty here is so high that there’s no water storage back home; most families have to keep the water they fetched in the same small container.

After drinking water from Shanamwevo Spring, community members contract waterborne diseases like typhoid. Children are especially susceptible and miss class for days at a time.

Sanitation

A little more than half of the families living around Shanamwevo Spring have a pit latrine. Those who do have not maintained them; they are falling apart and pose huge danger to the users. And since there isn’t full latrine coverage, open defecation is an issue.

Many households have helpful tools like dish racks and clotheslines, but we need to continue to engage on hand-washing stations. Washing hands regularly and having a safe place to do so is one of the most efficient ways to stop the spread of germs.

Trash disposal is particularly poor, with no one really knowing how important it is to dig a pit for garbage.

Here’s what we plan to do about it:

Training

Community members will attend hygiene and sanitation training for at least two days. This training will ensure participants have the knowledge they need about healthy practices and their importance. The facilitator plans to use PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation), CLTS (Community-Led Total Sanitation), ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development), group discussions, handouts, and demonstrations at the spring. One of the most important topics we plan to cover is the handling, storage, and treatment of water. Having a clean water source will be extremely helpful, but it is useless if water gets contaminated by the time it’s consumed. Hand-washing will also be a big topic.

Training will also result in the formation of a committee that will oversee operations and maintenance at the spring. They will enforce proper behavior around the spring and delegate tasks that will help preserve the site, such as building a fence and digging proper drainage. The fence will keep out destructive animals, and the drainage will keep the area’s mosquito population at a minimum.

Sanitation Platforms

On the final day of training, participants will select five families that should benefit from new latrine floors.

Training will also inform the community and selected families on what they need to contribute to make this project a success. They must mobilize locally available materials, such as bricks, clean sand, hardcore, and ballast. The five families chosen for sanitation platforms must prepare by sinking a pit for the sanitation platforms to be placed over. All community members must work together to make sure that accommodations and food are always provided for the work teams.

Spring Protection

Protecting the spring will ensure that the water is safe, adequate and secure. Construction will keep surface runoff and other contaminants out of the water. With the community’s high involvement in the process, there should be a good sense of responsibility and ownership for the new clean water source.

Fetching water is predominantly a female role, done by both women and young girls. Protecting the spring and offering training and support will therefore help empower the female members of the community by giving them more time and efforts to engage and invest in income-generating activities.


This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to provide the reports for this project (formatted and edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates


05/10/2018: Shilakaya Community Project Complete

Shilakaya Community now has clean water! Shanamwevo Spring has been transformed into a flowing source of clean water thanks to your donation. The spring is protected from contamination, five sanitation platforms have been provided for the community, and training has been done on sanitation and hygiene.

New Knowledge

This hygiene and sanitation training was unique. As the field officer made routine visits to the spring, they realized there were dozens of community members coming and going to witness the construction. The field officer spent a chunk of the time at the spring, inviting people to come back the following day to learn important information about their health.

This was an amazing training forum, with so many children who came, even without their parents. They sat quietly and listened keenly to all the information shared. Their bright faces showed not only great understanding but satisfaction with what they were learning.

There was a huge turnout!

The field officer clearly communicated the areas of needed improvement for Shihingo, which included the following topics and more:

– Handwashing and personal hygiene

– Handling water and food hygienically

– Safe waste disposal

– Water treatment

Lessons on handwashing

Since we were right at the spring, the artisan was able to take a break from his work to introduce the protection concept and why it’s effective. He listed some ways community members could help him finish work over the next few days, too. He also told them to best maintain the spring, they should build a fence and dig drainage.

“Initially if someone would ask me whether I washed my hands properly, I would have said yes. But today I am greatly shocked by the amount of germs I have been consuming due to not having the information on how to wash my hands properly,” Village Elder Roselyne said.

“All of us have gained more important information that we weren’t aware of. Thank you!”.

Sanitation Platforms

All five sanitation platforms have been installed. These five families are happy about this milestone of having a private latrine of their own and are optimistic that people will no longer leave waste outdoors. We are continuing to encourage families to finish building walls and roofs over their new latrine floors.

Spring Protection

Community members provided all locally available construction materials, e.g bricks, wheelbarrows of clean sand, wheelbarrows of ballast, fencing poles and gravel. Accommodations and meals were provided for the artisan, too. Men and women lent their strength to the artisan to help him with manual labor.

Everything went smoothly to transform Shanamwevo Spring into a clean water source. The artisan found a crab living there, which was an exciting moment since it was the first crab sighting for several community members.

What is that thing?

The only challenge was finding enough hardcore to fill the area behind the discharge pipe. It took longer than normal, but the community brought in what the artisans needed, thanks to the encouragement of Village Elder Roselyne, otherwise known as “Liguru.”

All of the space behind that pipe had to be filled with hardcore, otherwise known as… rocks.

Field Officer Jacklyne Chelagat commented on her experience working with this community, saying “I must admit that I was humbled by the initiative Liguru undertook to ensure that the hardcore was enough. She literally took a whistle and went around the village blowing the whistle to mobilize people. With her assistance and able leadership, we managed to raise the hardcore we needed.”

“From this experience, I learned that women are important people in the community and cannot be overlooked. When a woman is in leadership, the community is safe since she understands the challenges women go through and she can do anything to remedy the situation.”

Liguru, leading the celebration!

Several people joined the Liguru to celebrate the completion of this spring protection project. They didn’t only bring their smiles, but they brought their empty containers to fill at one of the four pipes currently flowing with clean water.


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02/23/2018: Shilakaya Community Project Underway

Shilakaya Community will soon have a clean, safe source of water thanks to your donation! Community members have been drinking contaminated water from Shanamwevo Spring, and contend with the consequences on a daily basis. Our partner conducted a survey of the area and deemed it necessary to protect the spring, build new sanitation platforms (safe, easy-to-clean concrete floors for latrines), and conduct sanitation and hygiene training.

Thanks to your generosity, waterborne disease will no longer be a challenge for the families here. Please take some time to get to know your community through the narrative and pictures posted to this page. We look forward to reaching out again with good news!


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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 leads to a concrete spring box and collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!



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