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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

Project Phase:  Funded - Project Initiated
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/31/2018

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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed):

Welcome to the Community

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 pop up during the evening hours that sell produce, milk, and other wares.

Water Situation

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 has pooled to the surface, so a jerrycan is just dunked under that surface until full.

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

This water is used to meet all of this community’s needs, including drinking. After consuming this dirty water, people suffer from diarrhea, headaches, and stomachaches. The younger the child, the more likely they’ll suffer from waterborne diseases.

Mr. Lukoko said, “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!”

Sanitation Situation

Over half of the households here have at least a traditional pit latrine. They’re mostly 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 hand-washing stations, but quite a few families have set up clotheslines and dish racks to safely dry their belongings off the ground.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation 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.

Plans: 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.

Plans: 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.

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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!


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