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The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Thank You
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Spring Foundation
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Spring Care Training
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Garbage Site
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Maize Used For Fires
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Farm
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Muyundi Community -  Current Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 210 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Nov 2018

Functionality Status:  Needs Some Attention

Last Checkup: 05/11/2019

Project Features


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A typical day in Muyundi beings early. Most of the villagers are up by 6am, when they eat breakfast and then head out to work or school.

The men go to feed their cows and the women go to collect water for the day’s needs. Most have land where they grow food for their own needs, cultivating maize, beans, sweet potatoes, and sugarcane.

They are a hardworking community was recently helped by the county government with subsidized seeds and fertilizers.

Water

Baraza Spring is the main source of water for this village. The villagers also have an option to purchase water, but this depletes the sparse resources they have.

Baraza Spring is high-yielding and formed a water hole into which the community members dip their buckets. Sometimes the water looks clear and clean, but looks can be deceiving.

The open waterhole is subject to surface runoff which includes a noticeable trickle of water into which women and children step on their way to collect water. As a result, waterborne diseases regularly affect each family and sometimes are fatal.

Sanitation

Most families do not have latrines or other sanitation facilities like tippy taps for handwashing, clotheslines, or dish racks.  They do, however, have a community compost pit into which they throw their garbage.

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


11/15/2018: Muyundi Community Project Complete

Muyundi Community is celebrating their new protected spring, so celebrate with them! Baraza 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

We planned for hygiene and sanitation training with assistance from James Baraza. He was constantly in touch with the community members on our behalf. James went house to house passing on information about the venue, date, and time for training.

His work to invite the community yielded 15 participants there waiting for our trainers. The weather on that day was so favorable, with a cloudless sky that allowed the sun to shine brightly. Thus, we held training under the trees at Mr. James Baraza’s homestead.

The training was lively with each and every participant active throughout. Men did seem more interested in women, though. Women were a bit shy asking questions, but they were more informed and talkative when it came to family planning sessions.

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.

Participants walked over to the construction site to learn more about how the spring protection works and how to care for it.

During the environmental hygiene talks, the participants were able to learn how to keep different places clean. They can groom tall bushes around their compounds, drain stagnant water to prevent breeding sites for mosquitoes, keep sanitation facilities clean and discourage open defecation – even for young kids.

The participants realized that environmental hygiene has to involve everyone. If one of the community members does not have a sanitation facility and practices open defecation, the entire community will be prone to diseases because agents of contamination like flies have no boundaries.

“We are humbled and honored to have visitors like you today. Personally, today’s training was so powerful and I have learned a lot of things which I didn’t know. From today, I hope every participant in this training will have gotten something he or she was missing,” said Mr. Mukonyi.

“We are saying indeed, knowledge is power. And through this knowledge, we will conquer any water challenges.”

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 Baraza Spring was successful and water is now flowing from the discharge pipe.

Selina Charles, age 67, told us how happy she is to have a much safer place to get water. According to her, the stairs down to the water are wonderful for both her and her young grandchildren. Before, they used to worry about slipping and sliding in the mud around the spring.

The 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.

“We are so grateful for [you] considering our spring for protection. We had been drinking water from the open water source for so long. Drawing water very early in the morning, to us it was safe for drinking not knowing that contamination can also take place during the night hours,” recalled Mr. Baraza.

“But now, the water source is discharging very clean and safe drinking water that can be consumed at any given time.”


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09/13/2018: Muyundi Community Project Underway

Dirty water from Baraza Spring is making people in Muyundi 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