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The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Group Picture
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Sinking A Latrine Pit
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Clearing Land Around The Spring
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Delivering Materials To The Artisan
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Training
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Training
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Training
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Training
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Training
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Training
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Training
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Training At The Spring
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Sample Latrine
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Poor State Of Latrines In This Community
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Mr Edgera Water User Stands Beside His Latrine
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Latrines
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Latrine Without A Door
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Drying Of Clothes At This Household
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Dishes Drying On The Rack
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Clothes Drying On The Clothes Line
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  At Mr Ombithis Compound
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  A Dishrack At This Household
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  A Common Household In This Village
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Chisembe Spring
The Water Project: Handidi Community C -  Rosemary Getting Water From Chisembe Spring

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 280 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Oct 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Report Update: Field Officer Jacklyne has been making constant visits to Handidi in preparation for training and spring protection. This last visit, she made a surprising discovery. The landowner of Mwangu Spring took a shortcut and attempted to build a spring protection system for himself. Jacklyne reports that the results of his efforts are not up to our standard, and so the people of Handidi have come forward with an alternative spring. Once the owner of Mwangu Spring is open to greater cooperation, we will consider rebuilding his spring protection.


A normal day in Handidi Village is quite similar to the neighboring communities that practice sugarcane farming. Men wake up early in the morning, milk the cows, and then go to the sugarcane farm.

Women are left with the responsibility of preparing the children to go to school and then embark to carry out house chores that begins with going to the spring to fetch water.

They travel a short distance to the unprotected Mwangu Spring. Community members have reported having contracted waterborne diseases from the water due to the fact that it is open to contamination.

“Community members in this village have suffered as a result of consuming dirty and unsafe water from this spring,” Mr. Newton, a local farmer, said.

People scoop the water from the source to fill their plastic containers.

One of the women we found at the spring was Mrs. Sylvia Nakhumicha.

She married young and her husband died after 12 years of marriage. She acquired a new title “widow” and her 3 children were baptized as” fatherless.”

The death of sole breadwinner for the family left her confused and disillusioned. Hunger does is unforgiving for a widow. A class two drop out, from a poor background with no resources, what options were at her disposal?

Mrs. Nakhumicha had to come up with a way to provide for her children.

She decided to fetch water for people, wash clothes for them, and perform any chore that could earn her a living. Her major source of income was fetching water from Mwangu spring for 10 KSH ($0.10) per jerrycan.

Whenever it rained her day was doomed. The rains make the path to the stream too muddy and the water too dirty to collect. So, when it rains there was no money for her. That meant no food for her children.

When she heard the plan to protect the spring, she went into prayers for the project to be implemented faster. She will be able to get clean water whether it rains or not and she will also be able to access the spring with ease.

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 (edited for clarity) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates


10/25/2018: Handidi Community Project Complete

Handidi Community is celebrating their new protected spring, so celebrate with them! Chisembe Spring has been transformed into a flowing source of 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.

Fridah Khayeri’s Story

I was born and brought up in a small village in Vihiga County. We had a river known as River Cheptingun. It was open to all kinds of contamination. Children are so innocent; I never considered the river a threat to my health and I heard my seniors say “water does not have a bad heart.”

So, we used to consume the water directly from the source.

Many are the times when my entire family would complain of stomachache and diarrhea – but instead of going to the hospital, we pegged the diseases to witchcraft and opted to take some medicinal herbs that ended up healing us.

When I grew up and was married into Chisembe Village, I found the same scenario. And since this time around I was informed on the importance of accessing clean and safe water for consumption, I really wished our spring could be protected so that my children should never undergo the kind of life I underwent.

My wishes and struggles were in vain since as a community, we were unable to mobilize all the needed materials to protect it.

I am more than excited to see my wishes achieved today! Seeing Chisembe Spring protected and the entire community accessing clean water is worth shedding tears of joy. My children will no longer suffer due to consuming dirty water, and long life is their portion.

Spring Protection

The eagerness of the community to access clean and safe water made the entire construction process go smoothly. It was easy for our trainers and artisans to work here without challenge.

“The protection of the Chisembe Spring is quite an achievement to all people in this community,” said Sarah Amuyunzu.

“As a community, we have suffered for decades in terms of consuming dirty water and a lack of proper information on water, sanitation, and hygiene. I am more than excited to be accessing clean and safe water as the problems of being sick and wasting time at the spring is now history.”

Construction Process:

Community members provided all locally available construction materials, e.g bricks, wheelbarrows of clean sand, wheelbarrows of ballast, and gravel. Community members also hosted our artisans for the duration of construction.

The spring area was excavated with jembes, hoes, and spades 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 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 concrete dried over the course of five days. With this spring now handed over to the community, we will continue to follow up with the water user committee to make sure everything runs smoothly. As we arrived to take final pictures, the chairman of the water committee had already collected the fencing poles they’d need to protect the area.

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 latrine of their own. We are continuing to encourage families to finish building walls and roofs over their new latrine floors.

New Knowledge

Hygiene and sanitation training was planned with the help of the village elder who went door to door informing his community about the importance of attending. The participants were recruited from each home, with at least one person to represent each home. A total of 37 participants attended the training, out of which 19 were men and 18 were women.

Training was conducted at the spring construction site. Many of the participants were amazed at what was going on at their spring, so they suggested this venue so they could monitor the good progress. There was a high level of participation as people kept on asking for clarification. One man named William Buruti was hilarious, entertaining the participants by asking funny questions about every topic.

We covered several topics including but not limited to leadership and governance (participants started a water and sanitation committee); 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, and hygiene promotion. These participants will become ambassadors of healthy living among their own families and their greater community.

“People perish due to lack of information. Personally, the training has equipped me with more information than I ever imagined I would acquire,” said Mrs. Brenda Muhambo.

“Most of the homes are going to experience a turnaround and their lives are going to change for the better.”


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07/11/2018: Developments in Handidi Community

Field Officer Jacklyne has been making constant visits to Handidi in preparation for training and spring protection. This last visit, she made a surprising discovery. The landowner of Mwangu Spring took a shortcut and attempted to build a spring protection system for himself. Jacklyne reports that the results of his efforts are not up to our standard, and so the people of Handidi have come forward with an alternative spring. Once the owner of Mwangu Spring is open to greater cooperation, we will consider rebuilding his spring protection so that it provides reliable clean water.

We have added pictures of nearby Chisembe Spring, where the community members have said they are willing to work alongside Jacklyne and our artisans to build a spring protection that will be effective and long-lasting.


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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