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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:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  11/30/2018

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.


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.


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:


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

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!


St. Therese Foundation