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The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Carrying Water Home
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Jared Lukoko
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Finished Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Children Could Not Wait To Use The Spring
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Building A Fence
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Planting Grass Behind Spring
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Filling In The Spring Box
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Filling In The Spring Box
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Filling In The Spring Box
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Filling In The Spring Box
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Setting The Foundation
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Digging Drainage
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Community Member Digging Drainage
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Children Helping Deliver Materials To Artisan
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Getting Stones For Construction
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Priscah Nyarotso
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Training
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Latrines
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Latrines
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Mr Jared And Some Of His Children
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Lukoko Spring
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Mr Lukoko
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Maize
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Pig
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Cassava And Pumpkin
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Community Landscape
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Children Outside At Home
The Water Project: Musango Community A -  Household

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 150 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Aug 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Community Profile

Musango Community is a humble place where most of its dwellers rely on farming maize, beans, and groundnuts. Some also rely on rearing cattle for milk production. The little ones play at home while the parents work on their farms. Small market stalls are set up during evening hours to sell produce, milk, and other wares.

Water

The people living in this area rely on Jared Lukoko Spring, which is located on the edge of Mr. Lukoko’s property. The spring’s water pools to the surface, so a jerrycan is dunked under that surface until it is full.

The water from this spring is open to contamination from animals, human activity, erosion, and other things that are washed in during the rain.

The community uses the water to meet all of its needs, including drinking. Consuming the dirty water causes people to suffer from diarrhea, headaches, and stomachaches. Young children are more likely to suffer from waterborne diseases.

“This will be of great importance to my community. We have consumed dirty water for a long period of time. We can’t wait to have it completed!” Mr. Lukako said.

Sanitation

More than half of the households have a traditional pit latrine. They’re often made of banana fiber, mud, grass, and iron sheets. Those who don’t have a pit latrine share with their neighbor or seek a private place outside.

There are no handwashing stations, but quite a few families have set up clotheslines and dish racks to safely dry their belongings off the ground.

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 are no longer ignorant 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 open defecation and its dangers, as well as having and using a pit latrine.

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.

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.

Project Updates


08/08/2018: Musango Community Project Complete

Musango Community now has clean water! Jared Lukoko 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

Our field officer, Lillian Achieng’, communicated closely with Mr. Jared Lukoko to plan for hygiene and sanitation training. Mr. Lukoko went around his community informing every family of the training schedule and the importance of what we’d teach there. Some 22 of us met together outside Mr. Luoko’s home on a sunny morning.

Everything went so well; our trainers are used to finding participants who can’t understand Swahili or English and need a translator. This time, there were no language barriers at all! Everyone could read and write, too.

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.

Demonstrating each step of handwashing for the group.

Since Mr. Lukoko lives so close to the spring, we could take the entire group over to learn about water source management and maintenance. Indigenous trees need to be planted around the source, avoiding eucalyptus at all costs. Eucalyptus will drain the spring in a surprisingly short time. There shouldn’t be any farming or bathing by the spring, among many other rules to ensure the quality and quantity of water. With proper care, this spring protection will serve generations to come.

Training participants were happy to have so much information they could act on!

“From what I have learned today, teething in my children will never be an issue again. I have learned that teething does not cause diarrhea in babies – rather it is a lack of hygiene,” Mrs. Priscah Nyarotso shared.

Mrs. Nyarotso

Sanitation Platforms

All five sanitation platforms have been installed and make wonderful, easy to clean latrine floors. 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.

With heavy downpours, the village roads were cold and muddy, making it extra hard to carry stones down to the construction site. We had to remove our shoes to avoid slipping and falling. With a lot of determination, the adults with the help of the little ones were able to support our artisan. Accommodations and meals were provided for the artisan, too.

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.

Diverting the water to allow for the impending construction work.

As the wing walls and headwall cured, 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. The artisan had given the spring one last coat of plaster, but heavy rains washed it away overnight. He had to come back again the next day to fix it. But after that, the weather was conducive and the concrete dried over the course of two weeks.

Construction still isn’t complete in this picture, but we found it near impossible to keep the curious children away.

As soon as the spring protection was ready for use, the field officer made a visit to officially hand it over to the community. The day was very bright and filled with gratefulness as people witnessed clean water coming from the pipe.

“Our God answers prayers. It never occurred to us that one day we could have clean water running from a pipe for our daily chores and for drinking,” Mr. Lukoko said.

“It is a common thing here to draw water from an unprotected spring. We believe that our lives will change with the new water!”


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05/11/2018: Musango Community Project Underway

Dirty water from Jared Lukoko Spring is making people in Musango Community sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

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 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

McGraw Hill Matching GIft
2 individual donor(s)