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The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Thank You
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Finished Spring Protection
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Finished Spring Protection
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Finished Spring Protection
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Finished Spring Protection
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Finished Spring Protection
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Finished Spring Protection
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Finished Spring Protection
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Finished Spring Protection
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Finished Spring Protection
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Training On How To Care For The Spring
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Yeni Spring Water Source
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Trudging Into Water Source For Collection
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Sample Latrine
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Preparing To Collect Water
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Mother And Child Arrive At Yeni Spring
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Latrine Interior
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Latrine
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Jerrycans Chickens And Pots In Yard
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Filling Smaller Cup To Top Off Jerrycan
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Farm
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Drying Of Clothes
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Dish Drying Rack
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Community Members At The Spring
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Clothes Hanging To Dry
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Clothes Drying On Bushes
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  Child Plays As His Mother Collects Water
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  A Latrine With A Container For Handwashing
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  A Lady Heading To The Spring
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  A Cow Grazing At An Open Compound
The Water Project: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring -  A Bathroom Made Of Dry Maize Stalks

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 455 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Nov 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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Yeni Spring is found at a place called Chegulo in Malava sub-county. This region is occupied by people who speak a Luhya dialect called “Kabras,” which is one of the nineteen dialects of the Luhya tribe.

Activities in each homestead seem to be quite similar. This is because they all cultivate sugarcane.

The day begins when every gender in the family is assigned their specific roles. Children are told to fetch water from Yeni Spring. Men have the responsibility of going to the farm while women carry out house chores and goto the market to either sell or buy household items.

They all finish their task and in the evening, then all converge in the sitting room to laugh and chat while waiting for the dinner to be ready.

This location is quite special with how people worship God. Women put on white attire while men put on a white turban locally referred to as “kilemba,” which symbolizes inner purity and holiness.

When I looked at the white regalia, I noted that most of it started changing color from white to a creamy yellow. This was an indication that the water they were using to wash is not very clean.

Water

The neighboring community around Timbito Spring had the privilege of getting clean water in the past. This made the community jealous and wish the same clean water solution could be implemented for their spring. They wrote an application letter to us that illustrated their need.

Community members scoop the water using a small container and fill a bigger one. Most of the gathered water is stored in the same jerrycans used to fetch it. The water is exposed to all kinds of pollutants, thus its contamination level is very high.

The majority of people reported having suffered a lot and this is as a result of the consumption of dirty and unsafe water.

“Our health status in this community is wanting,” Mrs. Susy Makokha, a community member who uses the spring, said.

“We suffer from water-related diseases, like typhoid and diarrhea. We also suffer due to being ignorant on proper hygiene and sanitation measures.”

Water is truly a basic commodity that affects all sectors of our lives and one that we cannot do without it. Protection of Yeni Spring will go a long way in enabling the Kabras people to access to clean and safe water.

Sanitation

More than half of homes have pit latrines. The existing pit latrines are in a poor state. The majority of people lack proper information on hygiene and sanitation, thus they litter the dirt all over the compound thus interfering with the aesthetic value of the environment.

Educating members on the importance of having proper pit latrine will trigger them and enable them to build proper latrines.

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.

Project Updates


11/09/2018: Chegulo Community, Yeni Spring Project Complete

Chegulo Community is celebrating their new protected spring, so celebrate with them! Yeni 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.

New Knowledge

The hygiene and sanitation training was well-organized by the village elder. She moved from house to house sensitizing the community members on the upcoming training forum – of its importance and value to the community’s health.

The participants who agreed to training weren’t actually there when we arrived. The majority of them were still on their farms ploughing, so we had to move around the community to personally ask them to come learn.

Despite coming late to the forum, the participants’ faces portrayed a readiness and eagerness to learn and share on water, hygiene, and sanitation. They continuously posed questions throughout, and Mama Sussy, our host, was so keen and alert that no topic passed by without her asking a question.

Children help Jacklyne hold up illustrations of good and bad hygiene habits.

We found out the people here pin their health complications on witchcraft. We were able to address this misbelief by teaching how germs are really spread around the community because nobody is taking the proper measures to keep themselves and the environment clean.

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.

Jacklyne demonstrates handwashing to the group

“People perish due to lack of information,” said Mama Sussy.

“Today’s training is not only an eye-opener for community members, but it is going to act as a change agent for many. The acquired information is going to help community members access clean water, proper sanitation, and good hygiene standards – thus, good health and long life is their portion.”

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.

Spring Protection

Construction at Yeni Spring was successful and water is now flowing from the discharge pipes.

“Lack of clean water and proper information on hygiene and sanitation in this community has been like a thorn in the flesh,” said Erick, a farmer in Chegulo.

“Many are the times when almost everyone in the community was sick either typhoid or diarrhea, forcing them to use most of the resources around to cater for medication.”

With the protection of Yeni Spring, this will no longer be the norm.

The Process:

Community members provided all locally available construction materials, e.g bricks, wheelbarrows of clean sand, wheelbarrows of ballast, and gravel. Getting enough stones for this project was difficult; the excavated area between the spring eye and our discharge spot was very large, and required a lot of stones to fill it up. 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.

Curing the cement as it dries is important; the moisture prevents cracks.

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 A LOT of stones to fill up the area behind the discharge pipe.

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.


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09/13/2018: Chegulo Community Project Underway

Dirty water from Yeni Spring is making people in Chegulo 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

St. Therese Foundation