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The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Collecting Water From New Spring
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Drinking Safe Water
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Posing At The Spring
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Safe Water Flowing
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Safe Water Flows From Protected Spring
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Standing On New Latrine Platform
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Laying Tile
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Inserting Pipe Into Spring
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Cementing Bricks
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Constructing Spring Wall
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Gideon Asonga Leading Spring Users To Open Drainage Channel
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  A Senior Community Member Carrying His Tools After Participating In Harvesting Of Hardcore For Spring Construction
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Community Children Help In Collecting Locally Available Materials
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  James Mbimwa
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Children Listenining During Training
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Listening During Training
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Trainer In Action
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Mosquito Net
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Clothes Drying
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Latrine
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Latrine And Clothes Drying
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Household
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Mr Absolom Asonga
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Carrying Water From The Spring
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Carrying Water From The Spring
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Carrying Water From The Spring
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Laundry By The Spring
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Fetching Water From Spring Overflow
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Jivovoli Community A -  Current Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 320 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jul 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/15/2018

Project Features


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Community Profile

There’s a lot of activity in Jivovoli before the sun’s up.

Women rise early to prepare breakfast before the children have to run to school. After the children are off, women go to the spring to fetch water, wash the breakfast utensils, and then go to their farms or smaller gardens. They return home to prepare lunch, since most students are sent back home anywhere from noon to 1pm for an hour’s break. Women take what they’ve gotten from their gardens to sell in the local market once the children are back to school for afternoon classes.

Meanwhile, men either help their wives on the farm or sit around waiting to hear about work. There’s a high unemployment rate here.

Water

Gideon Asonga Spring serves 30 different families living in the area, who use its water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. The spring pools to the surface where it’s entirely open to contamination. It’s especially bad after rainwater washes all of the nearby garbage, dirt, and waste into the water. We even saw a girl getting water from the spring’s drainage, where it’s even muddier.

People bring their containers and dunk them under the surface until full. Whenever these 20-liter or smaller containers are emptied another trip is due because most families are unable to afford any larger storage containers at home.

After drinking this water, people suffer from typhoid and other waterborne illnesses.

Sanitation

Sanitation is a big issue in this community. The local church has even taken time to teach about good sanitation practices, but it hasn’t been successful.

There aren’t enough latrines for the number of families here; each household doesn’t have their own. Without a latrine, people are going in the privacy of bushes. The latrines we observed are in poor condition – the pits are almost full, and maggots are seen crawling along the floor.

Few people have a dedicated place for personal hygiene, and instead bathe in the bushes nearby the spring. What they don’t realize is that their wastewater flows right back down the hill into their drinking water.

As Mr. Absalom Asonga showed us around his community.

“This community has suffered a lot due to the unprotected spring that is contaminated and exposes them to dirty water-related diseases. They also lack enough knowledge about how to stay in a clean environment,” he said.

Here’s what we’re going 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


07/03/2018: Clean Water for Jivovoli Community!

Jivovoli Community now has clean water! Gideon Asonga 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. These new things unlock the opportunity for people to live healthier lives.

New Knowledge

Mr. Absolom Asonga, the owner of the land where the spring is located, was our contact person as we planned for hygiene and sanitation training in Jivovoli. He kept in constant communication with us and his neighbors, with the help of a village elder. The two leaders also walked door-to-door asking people to take time out of their busy schedules to attend training so that they could be empowered on how to manage the spring and learn about health matters.

Nearly every home in the community was represented at the training, with more than 30 adults. It was also well-attended by an even balance of men and women, as well as a wide range of ages. It took place near the water source since it was not too hot that day.

We covered several topics including leadership and governance; operation and maintenance of the spring; healthcare; family planning; immunizations; the spread of disease and prevention. We also covered water treatment methods, personal care like handwashing, environmental hygiene, hygiene promotion, and many other things.

The participants were so active and asked so many questions concerning sanitation and hygiene. They also posed questions on personal hygiene, wanting to know why girls are most at risk of contracting hygiene-related diseases. Every participant looked so captivated by the demonstrations that were carried out during the training.

Establishing a water user committee got everyone super active, and when it came time to choose committee leaders the participants were lost for choice. It took some time before they settled on the three leaders who were chosen. The community enjoyed learning what the committee should do about the spring, and this process raised a lot of concerns that were cleared up. By the end of the session,  everyone saw that the committee was a great idea worth backing. When all the questions were answered, participants were more than willing to work with the committee to ensure that the spring is maintained.

“Today, we count ourselves a very lucky lot since we have learned a lot of things that we would have never come to know of freely. This kind of information is very rare, and I wish I got it earlier,” Mrs. Mable Inziani said.

“If only it came earlier, we wouldn’t have suffered from the waterborne diseases that have constantly been a big issue in this community. However, we will start practicing all that we have been taught here and we will be one healthy village.”

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. 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 ceramic tiles were fixed directly below the discharge pipe. This protects the concrete from 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 stones and sand and covered with a polyethylene membrane to eliminate any potential sources of contamination. It took about two weeks of patience for the concrete to dry.

James Mbimwa

“Getting water from this spring is now very easy, we do not have to sit and wait for dirt in the water to settle down before we start fetching the water but rather place our containers under the pipe and water goes in,” Mr. James Mbimwa said.


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04/18/2018: Jivovoli Community Project Underway

Dirty water from Gideon Asonga Spring is making people in Jivovoli Community sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more. Since actual construction is starting a little later than planned, we’ve moved the expected completion date back to 8/31.

Get to know your community through the narrative and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!


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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

Yakima Foursquare Church