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The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Sir Erick With The Chart
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Sir Erick Leading The Session
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Demonstration Of Proper Mask Wearing
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Women At The Training Following Covid Sensitization
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  A Community Member Showing The Group How She Does Her Handwashing
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  The Facilitator Demonstrating How To Make A Mask
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Handwashing Exercise Was For Everyones Benefit
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Community Members Braving The Sun To Attend Meetings
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Ongoing Training
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  A Community Leader Addressing The Group
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Sir Victor Nailing The Chart Onto The Poles
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Miss Alulu Demonstrating Handwashing
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Sir Erick Making A Leaky Tin
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Training In Session At Mwashi Spring
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Make A Leaky Tin Or A Tippy Tap Or Any Other Handwashing Station From One Of The Containers At Home Not Under Frequent Use
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Field Officer Samuel Samidi At The Spring
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Girl Fetches Water
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Nelly Musimbi Fetches Water
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Nelly Her Mother Beatrice Musimbi And Field Officer Samuel
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Shaping The Path To The Spring
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Preparing To Mix Cement
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Delivering Sand To The Spring
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Spring Excavation
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Beatrice Musimbi
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  A Lady Washing Her Households Cloths
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  A Maize Plantation
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Alice Stands Beside Her Househols Latrine
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Banana Plantation
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Banana Trees
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Beatrice Musimbi
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Boy Carries Heavy Jerrycan Full Of Water Up Hill
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Boy Fills Up Jerrycan With Water
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Clothes Dry Laid Out On The Lawn
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Community Children Washing Next To The Spring
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Community Members Preparing A Fish Pond
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Drawing Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Filling Jerrycan At The Spring
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Latrine Floor State
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Mwashi Water Source
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Sample Latrine
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Spring
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  Woman Brings Jerrycan To Spring
The Water Project: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring -  A Cow Grazing

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Oct 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/30/2020

Project Features


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Mwashi Spring is located in Musutsu Village of Vihiga County.

A normal day begins at about 6 in the morning. Children, together with their parents, wake up to prepare for the day’s activities.

As the children go to school, the older members, who are mostly casual laborers in the nearby Shamakhokho Town, report to their duties as some remain behind to tend to their farms.

Members of the village practice small-scale farming, this being due to lack of sufficient land to carry out large-scale farming. They farm crops such as maize, beans, bananas, sweet potatoes, and also a few members in the village grow tea which is sold to the nearby Mudete Tea Factory.

Water

We were referred to the spring by the principal of Imusutsu Secondary School. We came to realize that some students and staff at school draw water from the spring.

We did find that the spring is a permanent water source which serves quite a large number of members. The spring mainly serves nearby households. The secondary school especially depends on it during the drought seasons.

We could see a member of the village immersing a jug in the pool of water then pour the water into a 10-liter jerrycan. A few minutes later, two boys come carrying 20-liter jerrycans, they immersed the jerrycans in water till full then carried them home.

The water fetched from the spring is used almost immediately. Unused water is stored in the jerrycans. When we inquired why we were told that the community has sufficient water which is available at all times so there is no need invest in storage containers for homes.

We could see that the water catchment area is left exposed, leaving it open to contaminants. During our visit, members were positive and willing to take part in its protection process since they knew the dangers it poses to them.

A shortage of safe drinking water leads to a widespread of water-related diseases that include cholera and typhoid.

“Last year we did have cases of Typhoid in our village an indicator that our water was not safe for use as it was exposed. Members of the village were infected but were able to get treatment. Thank God no one died,” Mrs. Beatrice Musimbi said.

“Currently, we have not had anyone sick due to waterborne disease.”

Mrs. Jane Ambani, a village resident recalled an incident where an old woman slipped and fractured her leg while approaching the spring to fetch water, due to a lack of stairs. She is now grateful that the spring will be protected and that there will be no injuries in the future.

Sanitation

More than 75 percent of households have latrines. Most of the toilets structures are thatched and the floors made of wood. A majority of the toilets are not well cleaned, as we could see during our visit. We were able to spot at least one form of sanitation facility at each home we visited. That includes simple pit latrines, clotheslines, and dish racks.

Mrs. Musimbi did tell us that a majority of the village members have small gardens where garbage is disposed and later used as manure.

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. Handwashing 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 readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Kenya.

Project Updates


06/16/2020: COVID-19 Prevention Training Update at Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring

Our teams are working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us in our fight against the virus while maintaining access to clean, reliable water.

Trainer Erick shows how to make a leaky tin

We are carrying out awareness and prevention trainings on the virus in every community we serve. Very often, our teams are the first (and only) to bring news and information of the virus to rural communities like Musutsu, Kenya.

Leaky tin creation

We trained more than 13 people on the symptoms, transmission routes, and prevention of COVID-19. Due to public gathering concerns, we worked with trusted community leaders to gather a select group of community members who would then relay the information learned to the rest of their family and friends.

Trainer Laura Alulu demonstrates handwashing

We covered essential hygiene lessons:

– Demonstrations on how to build a simple handwashing station

– Proper handwashing technique

– The importance of using soap and clean water for handwashing

– Cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces including at the water point.

Handwashing exercise

We covered COVID-19-specific guidance in line with national and international standards:

– Information on the symptoms and transmission routes of COVID-19

– What social distancing is and how to practice it

– How to cough into an elbow

– Alternative ways to greet people without handshakes, fist bumps, etc.

– How to make and properly wear a facemask.

Mask making tutorial

During training, we installed a new handwashing station with soap near the community’s water point, along with a sign with reminders of what we covered.

Due to the rampant spread of misinformation about COVID-19, we also dedicated time to a question and answer session to help debunk rumors about the disease and provide extra information where needed.

Handwashing

We continue to stay in touch with this community as the pandemic progresses. We want to ensure their water point remains functional and their community stays informed about the virus.

Caution chart with prevention reminders

Water access, sanitation, and hygiene are at the crux of disease prevention. You can directly support our work on the frontlines of COVID-19 prevention in all of the communities we serve while maintaining their access to safe, clean, and reliable water.


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10/17/2019: Giving Update: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring

A year ago, your generous donation helped Musutsu Community in Kenya access clean water.

There’s an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water at MWashi Spring in Musutsu. Month after month, their giving supports ongoing sustainability programs that help this community maintain access to safe, reliable water. Read more…


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10/08/2018: Musutsu Community Project Complete

Musutsu Community is celebrating their new protected spring, so celebrate with them! Mwashi 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.

Spring Protection

“We are grateful for the wonderful project installed in our village,” Japheth Asogo, a teacher at Musutsu Primary, said.

“We, the community of Musutsu have faced challenges for quite some time now… due to [water] inaccessibility especially when it rains. Mwashi Spring not only serves the members of the village but also, Musutsu Primary, especially during drought seasons.”

Construction Process:

Community members provided all locally available construction materials, e.g bricks, wheelbarrows of clean sand, wheelbarrows of ballast, fencing poles 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.

The committee has already worked with community members to build a fence to protect the area from the spring eye to the discharge pipe. Since the spring is at the bottom of a hill, men have already worked to make the path an easier, safer climb. They have shaped steps where needed, and have cut down unnecessary trees to make more space.

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

Mrs. Beatrice Musimbi walked door to door encouraging people to attend our scheduled hygiene and sanitation training. The young and the old, male and female were all encouraged to attend.

We met 18 participants at Mrs. Musimbi’s homestead, with the majority both children and women. This was expected since women are seen as most responsible for water-related chores at the household level.

The main challenge encountered during training was language. Some of the older participants spoke a local dialect and did not understand English or Kiswahili. One of the younger women helped translate.

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.

While of course having heard of handwashing, participants had not heard that there were particular steps for proper handwashing. To be thorough, there are 10 steps to follow, including interlacing fingers and scrubbing wrists. People were surprised to learn that a quick rinse was still leaving them with germy hands. The same thing happened when presenting on dental hygiene, too!

“We are indeed happy for having benefitted a lot from the entire training. We promise to be hygiene ambassadors in our homes and the village at large. Sometimes, we neglect very small details about personal hygiene that we already know,” admitted Mrs. Musimbi.

“We want to thank our facilitators for reminding us about proper handwashing by emphasizing the adverse effects that negligence has on our health and environment…”


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08/07/2018: Musutsu Community Project Underway

Dirty water from Mwashi Spring is making people in Musutsu 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 pours through a reinforced pipe in a concrete headwall to a paved collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!


Giving Update: Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring

October, 2019

A year ago, your generous donation helped Musutsu Community in Kenya access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Nelly Musimbi. Thank you!

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

We’re confident you'll love joining this world-changing group committed to sustainability!

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Thanks to the protection of Mwashi Spring last year, community members in Musutsu have been able to regularly access water that is clean and safe. Before Mwashi Spring was protected, the water was exposed to contaminants which risked spring users’ health on a daily basis.

A visit to the community a year after the project’s completion showed that there has been a tremendous improvement in terms of sanitation and hygiene. During our visits to various homes, we spotted at least one if not all sanitation facilities required in a healthy home, such as dishracks, latrines, bathing rooms, and clotheslines. This indicates that the sanitation and hygiene training done in the village continues to have an impact. 

Having appreciated the project, Mwashi Spring users are indeed a happy lot and the community continues to try to ensure that the spring is maintained well and that every member observes good hygiene standards.

“As a community, we now collect clean, safe water faster and more efficiently compared to back then when our water was exposed to contaminants, making it difficult to collect clean water. Fetching water at the spring is now [more] enjoyable than before its protection. We no longer hear of infections related to waterborne diseases as it used to before the spring was protected,” said Beatrice Musimbi, who depends on Mwashi Spring for her daily water needs.

Girl fetching water at the spring

14-year-old Nelly Musimbi is Beatrice’s daughter, and Nelly also reflected on how this project has impacted her life over the last year.

“Ever since the implementation of the project, I no longer have to worry about fetching water every day of the week. Nowadays it is easier and faster to collect water from the protected spring’s pipe; I only make a few trips on the weekend to help my mother. Thanks to this discharge pipe, I no longer have to wait for a long time to fetch water,” she said.

“My hygiene standards have improved personally. I am able to bathe, put on clean clothes, brush my teeth in the right way and of course observe the 10 steps of handwashing…Thanks to The Water Project for coming to our rescue. I have no reason to complain. At the moment, my life is on the right track.”


Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Musutsu Community, Mwashi Spring maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

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