Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 210 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Nov 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 07/03/2023

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A typical day in Muyundi beings early. Most of the villagers are up by 6:00 am, 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

July, 2020: COVID-19 Prevention Training Update at Muyundi Community, Baraza 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 Georgina sets up a tippy tap handwashing station

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 Muyundi, Kenya.

Trainer Shigali leads the 10 steps of handwashing

We trained more than 22 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.

Handwashing using the tippy tap

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.

Homemade mask tutorial

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.

Trainer Shigali shows the complete mask made at training

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.

Trainers install the prevention reminders chart at the spring

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.

Everyone practices the 10 steps of handwashing

Mr. Peter Baraza, the spring's landowner, reminded community members to remember to read the sack with COVID-19 messages every time they go to fetch water. He also asked everyone to work together and ensure that they improvise and install an additional handwashing station at the spring by the end of that week. He requested everyone to be their brothers’ keeper by ensuring that the COVID-19 preventive measures are observed even at the spring when they go to fetch water.

A community leader addresses the group

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.

Issuing informational pamphlets on COVID-19

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.

October, 2019: Giving Update: Muyundi Community, Baraza Spring

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

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

November, 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."

September, 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!

Project Photos

Project Type

Springs are water sources that come from deep underground, where the water is filtered through natural layers until it is clean enough to drink. Once the water pushes through the surface of the Earth, however, outside elements like waste and runoff can contaminate the water quickly. We protect spring sources from contamination with a simple waterproof cement structure surrounding layers of clay, stone, and soil. This construction channels the spring’s water through a discharge pipe, making water collection easier, faster, and cleaner. Each spring protection also includes a chlorine dispenser at the waterpoint so community members can be assured that the water they are drinking is entirely safe.

Giving Update: Muyundi Community, Baraza Spring

October, 2019

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

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Field Officer Jonathan Mutai shared the following reflection after his most recent visit to Baraza Spring in Muyundi, where he checked up on the spring and interviewed community members about how the project has impacted their lives in the first year since completion.

"During this interview, we had to stroll around some homesteads before proceeding to the spring. It was evident that the project has resulted in increased hygiene and sanitation practices within the community. One of the impressive changes within this community was a cleaner environment, more dishracks, and clotheslines that could be seen in the compounds as well as maintained pit latrines. These changes were caused by that was held at Muyundi village.

What I have loved about this community is the way they embraced change. Initially, few people had clotheslines and dishracks but now almost everyone [has them]. Besides that, they do take good care of their water source by discouraging [the] planting of trees which consume a lot of water next to their water source."

Jackline Baraza serves as the Vice-Chair of the spring's water committee and spoke with Jonathan about the changes she has witnessed in her community this last year.

"Since [the] implementation of this spring, we are drawing clean and safe water not only for drinking but also for general house chores. We are very happy because we no longer waste time queuing for water. Drawing of water has been so easy unlike before when one could carry a smaller container for filling the bigger one. Besides that, waterborne and water-related diseases which were common before [the] protection of this spring have drastically reduced," she said.

"Our spring does discharge a lot of water during the rainy season of the year, [and though] it tends to reduce during the dry season of the year, we thank God because our spring doesn't go dry completely during [the] dry spell. As [a member of the] water and sanitation committee we will discourage anyone planting exotic trees, especially those that consume a lot of water like eucalyptus trees, at a close range to the spring."

10-year-old Veline Imbili shared her thoughts on the project as well.

"Since the completion of the project, waterborne diseases have greatly reduced. Initially, I could not drink water from this source before boiling or treating it. But now I can drink safe clean water at any given time because the water source is no longer exposed to agents of contamination like before," she said.

Veline was all smiles at the spring

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