Loading images...
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:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/31/2018

Project Features

Click icons to learn about each feature.

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.


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.


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:


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

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!

The Water Project : 8-kenya18106-lukoko-spring

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!


McGraw Hill Matching GIft
2 individual donor(s)