Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - May 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 05/04/2024

Project Features

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Community Profile

A normal day in Maganyi starts early in the morning as people begin to work on their farms. Many people in this community grow tea and sugarcane to earn as much money as possible - they are sold to local factories. Cereals and various vegetables are planted to feed the community.

Water Situation

Community members say that Bebei Spring has been flowing with water ever since they settled in the area in the early 1970s. They've done their best to take care of their water source. At one point, they raised enough money to buy a few bags of cement. They gathered stones and built a wall in which they placed a discharge pipe. However, the water's erosion quickly wore away what they had constructed.

Now, the discharge pipe comes loose every so often as children play around the spring. When that happens, community members must fetch their water by dunking their containers in what has pooled there. Fetching water is much easier when the discharge pipe is in place; the jerrycan is held up under the stream until filled.

Though this pipe makes things more convenient, it has not made the water safer. The community doesn't know how to protect the spring up to that point. Bebei Spring is open to all sorts of contamination, gets worse during the rainy season. Waterborne diseases are often reported after people drink this water.

Sanitation Situation

Most families living around Bebei Spring have at least a basic pit latrine. These are made of mud walls, wood floors, and iron roofs. Those who do not have their own pit latrine often share with a neighbor. Nobody has a hand-washing station anywhere, not even outside the latrine.

Here's what we can do:


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.

Community members have already told us that they're extremely excited for the chance to learn new things.

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 (edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates

May, 2020: COVID-19 Prevention Training Update at Maganyi Community, Bebei Spring

Our teams are working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us in our fight against the virus while maintaining access to clean, reliable water.

Trainer Erick shows how to make and use a leaky tin for handwashing

We are carrying out awareness and prevention trainings on the virus in every community we serve. Very often, our teams are the first (and only) to bring news and information of the virus to rural communities like Maganyi, Kenya.

We trained more than 18 people on the symptoms, transmission routes, and prevention of COVID-19. Due to public gathering concerns, we worked with trusted community leaders to gather a select group of community members who would then relay the information learned to the rest of their family and friends.

Erick demonstrates handwashing

We covered essential hygiene lessons:

- Demonstrations on how to build a simple handwashing station

- Proper handwashing technique

- The importance of using soap and clean water for handwashing

- Cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces including at the water point.

A boy demonstrates handwashing

We covered COVID-19-specific guidance in line with national and international standards:

- Information on the symptoms and transmission routes of COVID-19

- What social distancing is and how to practice it

- How to cough into an elbow

- Alternative ways to greet people without handshakes, fist bumps, etc.

- How to make and properly wear a facemask.

Homemade mask tutorial

During training, we installed a new handwashing station with soap near the community’s water point, along with a sign with reminders of what we covered.

Forced inside by a passing storm, women hold the prevention reminders chart for review

Due to the rampant spread of misinformation about COVID-19, we also dedicated time to a question and answer session to help debunk rumors about the disease and provide extra information where needed.

Showing how to cough and sneeze into the elbow

We continue to stay in touch with this community as the pandemic progresses. We want to ensure their water point remains functional and their community stays informed about the virus.

All eyes on Trainer Erick

Water access, sanitation, and hygiene are at the crux of disease prevention. You can directly support our work on the frontlines of COVID-19 prevention in all of the communities we serve while maintaining their access to safe, clean, and reliable water.

September, 2019: Giving Update: Maganyi Community, Bebei Spring

A year ago, your generous donation helped Maganyi Community in Kenya access clean water.

There’s an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water at Bebei Spring in Maganyi. Month after month, their giving supports ongoing sustainability programs that help this community maintain access to safe, reliable water. Read more…

May, 2018: Maganyi Community Project Complete

Maganyi Community now has clean water! Bebei 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

Mr. Daniel Juma helped us prepare for hygiene and sanitation training by going door to door and even calling others on the phone to get them to attend. The training was entirely held at the spring site so that community members could be taken through important water source management and maintenance topics. Also, this venue was a central point for all locals; it was easy to get more people to join training as they came to fetch water.

Training participants group up for a picture.

There was a clear sky with sunshine, and it got hotter as the day went along. The participants sat on the ground, taking refuge under the shade of trees. There was a total of 11 people who all actively participated, making jokes that showed our trainers just how engaged they were. Five out of the 11 people were men, a refreshing turnout for trainers who are accustomed to seeing men push water, hygiene, and sanitation responsibilities on their wives and daughters.

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

– Handwashing and personal hygiene

– Handling water and food hygienically

– Safe waste disposal

– Water treatment

Mr. Samwel Iuvembe participating in handwashing training.

"Today is a great day in my life because I have been taught a lot about water and hygiene. I will pass the same information to those who did not attend this educative training," Mr. Samwel Iuvembe said.

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.

The chicken won't be using this sanitation platform. It's for humans only, chicken!

Spring Protection

There was an issue with an SD card in the field, and we are not able to provide pictures of the construction process. If you wish to see pictures that of what is happening in the steps outlined below, check out the protections in Shikoti Community or Shilakaya Community.

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.

The spring area was excavated to create space for setting the foundation of polyethylene, wire mesh and concrete. After the base had been set, both wing walls and the headwall were set in place using brickwork. The discharge pipe was fixed low in place through the headwall to direct the water from the reservoir to the drawing area.

As the wing walls and headwall were curing, the stairs were set and the tiles were fixed directly below the discharge pipe. This reduces the erosive force of the falling water and beautifies the spring. The process of plastering the headwall and wing walls on both sides reinforces the brickwork and prevents water from the reservoir from seeping through the walls and allows pressure to build in the collection box to push water up through the discharge pipe.

The source area was filled up with clean hardcore and covered with a polyethylene membrane to eliminate any potential sources of contamination. The community had to wait for two weeks before using the spring so that the concrete could thoroughly dry. We scheduled a day when we would return to hand this water source over for the community to use.

Our favorite part of every project is celebrating with the community. We captured the first moments as people came to fetch clean water from the spring. Their smiles were contagious, proof that the clean water flowing in Maganyi is already causing hope and opportunity to blossom.

"Our spring looks like a bride who has been adorned, ready for the bridegroom! How lovely and attractive it is. We are going to protect and care for it so as to serve even our grand grandchildren," Mrs. Flora Tsimango exclaimed.

February, 2018: Maganyi Community Project Underway

Maganyi Community will soon have a clean, safe source of water thanks to your donation! Community members have been drinking contaminated water from Bebei 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!

Project Photos

Project Type

Springs are water sources that come from deep underground, where the water is filtered through natural layers until it is clean enough to drink. Once the water pushes through the surface of the Earth, however, outside elements like waste and runoff can contaminate the water quickly. We protect spring sources from contamination with a simple waterproof cement structure surrounding layers of clay, stone, and soil. This construction channels the spring’s water through a discharge pipe, making water collection easier, faster, and cleaner. Each spring protection also includes a chlorine dispenser at the waterpoint so community members can be assured that the water they are drinking is entirely safe. Learn more here!

Giving Update: Maganyi Community, Bebei Spring

September, 2019

A year ago, your generous donation helped Maganyi Community in Kenya access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Glorian Chelagat. Thank you!

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Maganyi Community, Bebei Spring.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Maganyi Community, Bebei Spring maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

We’re confident you'll love joining this world-changing group committed to sustainability!

Ever since the protection of Bebei Spring in Maganyi Community last year, community members have been accessing water from a safer source, which discharges sufficient water for them to use in their household chores such as cooking, washing, irrigating their crops, watering their livestock, and for drinking. Their unprotected spring used to be a big challenge to them, but now people are happy fetching water from it after it was protected.

Ever since the project was done, community members have been appreciating it in every aspect, including putting into practice what they learned during the sanitation and hygiene training. The area looks green due to various crops grown in the village including food crops, which help to guarantee a continuous supply of fresh produce from the farms for subsistence as well as commercial use. These can be grown using the water from Bebei Spring to protect them, now that it is not so hard to fetch it and it is in plenty.

"Our members are now united like never before after the project was done in our village," said Tabitha Aswani, the Community Health Volunteer in Maganyi.

"People share whatever they have, regardless of family status, which has really made every community member feel their importance in society."

Tabitha Aswani (left) with Glorian Chelagat at the spring

Glorian Chelagat, an 8-year-old girl in Maganyi who along with her family depends on Bebei Spring for their daily water needs, was not to be left behind in sharing her thoughts on how the spring has changed her life too.

"Drinking of safe clean water has become my routine. I am healthy and very happy in my heart as I always fetch water from a well-protected spring. Sickness due to drinking dirty water in the past is now a forgotten story."

Field Officer Wilson Kipchoge fills up a container with Glorian

Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Maganyi Community, Bebei Spring maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

The most impactful way to continue your support of Maganyi Community, Bebei Spring – and hundreds of other places just like this – is by joining our community of monthly givers.

Your monthly giving will help provide clean water, every month... keeping The Water Promise.


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