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The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Training Group
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Garden
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Grazing Animals
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Grazing Animals
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Mr Bebei At His Home
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Household
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Children Fetching Water
The Water Project: Maganyi Community -  Current Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - May 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 08/29/2018

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:

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.

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


05/14/2018: 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.


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02/26/2018: 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!


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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!



Contributors

3 individual donor(s)