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The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Spring Protection Construction
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Women Carrying Materials To The Artisan
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Field Officer Jemmimah Confirms Measurements For The Spring
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Mixing Cement
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  A Crab Found During Construction
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Sanitation Platform Construction
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  A Community Member Preparing A Pit For His New Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Water Treatment Training
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Training
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Training
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Training
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Training
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Training
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Doing Laundry
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Pig
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Household
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Helping Each Other
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Mary At The Spring
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Mary Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Anekha Spring
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Path To The Spring
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Mary By Her Water Containers
The Water Project: Ejinja Community -  Mary At Her Home

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 70 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Aug 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Community Profile

A normal day in Ejinja begins very early in the morning around 6am. Many of the men get straight to doing casual work like making bricks or motorbike taxiing. During the rainy season, they’ll sometimes be delayed as they escort their children to school, for the way is dark and overgrown.

The women wake up to prepare their children for school, fetch water from the spring, and do general cleaning of the compound before gardening. Laziness isn’t glimpsed in this community; everyone is busy doing something.

We started working with Ejinja Community through one of our school projects. We were talking with students about where they get their water when they’re home, and one of them led us here.

Water

Community members living in Ejinja rely on Anekha Spring to provide all of their water. The water bubbles to the surface, so they’ve placed a metal pipe there to make it easier to fill a container. Since the water behind the pipe isn’t protected, it is polluted by the rain washing over contaminants like fertilizer, feces, and other types of waste.

“For a long time, we have had water problems. During the rainy season, we cannot get water, for it is usually too muddy and with a lot of sand which is not suitable for consumption,” Mrs. Timinah Andega said.

“Due to this problem, most of our children have had problems with diarrhea, making it difficult for them to go to school. The elderly also cannot do development work like farming, for after getting the water without being treated many complain of stomachaches. Our health situation is very bad.”

Waterborne diseases are all common here.

Sanitation

While the majority of households have pit latrines, there’s still a handful who don’t. Those without their own most often share one with their neighbor. Most of these are made of mud.

There are no handwashing stations, but a great number of families are using other tools like clotheslines and dish racks.

What we can 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.


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


08/06/2018: Ejinja Community Project Complete

Ejinja Community now has clean water! Anekha 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

Hygiene and sanitation training was organized right after our first visit to the community. Community members prepared free time so that they could attend, and we were happy to find 12 people already waiting for us at Anekha Spring. Half of the participants were men, which is abnormal for these kinds of communities where traditional gender roles are observed. It was chilly in the morning until the sun got high enough in the sky to warm us as we sat on the gradual slope by the spring.

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.

Participants were surprised by the section on food handling and preparation. They had never heard of food poisoning (and that it doesn’t mean someone actually poisoned your food). Now, they know that improper handling and storage of food is conducive to contamination. They also know what symptoms to look out for.

They also learned a lot during our discussions about environmental health. Participants were taught that the commonly planted eucalyptus trees drain the water table. If they’re near a spring or well, those sources might lose water after a few years. On the contrary, indigenous trees help conserve the environment.

48-year-old farmer Bernand Anekha said, “I am very grateful for the training, for my life will really change. I am so enlightened for I had a bad attitude about nature and the available resources we have. From this training, my economic status will really move to another level for I see a bright future. Coming the next six months I will be putting into practice what I have learned and I will be a happy citizen and so will enlighten others too.”

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. The only issue was that there were a few other water projects happening in their large community, making it harder to gather the sand and stones needed for all of them. 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.

We met community members at the finished spring on a Sunday evening. The community members, led by Florence Ayuma, sang songs of thanksgiving, happiness, and appreciation. Prayers followed, and then the chairperson of the spring committee thanked everyone for coming. Community members who felt led spoke a few words, and the field officer was given a chance to summarize some of the things they had learned as a community. She also thanked them for their great cooperation and dedication that resulted in a successful water project!

“We had been suffering for many years drinking dirty water, especially during the rainy season. Our spring had never been protected and this brought us issues with stomach problems, especially to our children. Right now I am very glad that we have clean safe and sufficient drinking water. No more suffering, but instead more joy and life are added to us,” Mrs. Jemmimah Chimoli said.

“We are grateful and God bless all!”


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05/11/2018: Ejinja Community Project Underway

Dirty water from Anekha Spring is making people in Ejinja 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

Imago Dei Community