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The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Shamaka Family And Georgina
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Jacklyne Fetches Water
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Drink Up
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Simeon Otundu And Georgina
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Jacklyne Shamaka And Georgina
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Collecting Water From Protected Spring
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  The Spring Is Protected
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Thank You
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Completed Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Protecting The Spring
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Paving Cement Walls
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Clearing Ground Around Spring
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Learning About The Spring Protection
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Handwashing At Community Training
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Inside Latrine
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Jacklines Latrine
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  In Jacklines Home
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Jackline Mulefu
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring -  Current Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - May 2018

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/07/2019

Project Features


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Community Profile

Futsi Fuvili Community is covered with small households and farms. People plant cash crops such as maize and sugar to sell to local factories.

People get to work early in the morning, starting with household chores and moving to the farm before lunch. Women are seen back on the farm after lunch, while men head to the urban areas to earn money taxiing people around on their motorbikes.

Water Situation

Most of the farmers and their children get their water from Simeon Shimaka Spring. The water here pools at the surface, where people (primarily women and children) dunk their 20-liter jerrycans. This water is brought home and used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. During the driest months, extra trips are made to the spring to get water for irrigating farms.

Simeon Shimaka Spring is especially polluted during the rainy season, when contaminants like farming fertilizers, feces, and dirt wash into the water. As a result, many drinkers of the water, especially children, suffer from diarrhea.

Sanitation Situation

Open defecation is a big issue here. People do not realize that this waste easily contaminates the water for the rest of the community. Less than half of households have a pit latrine. The ones we observed are made of mud walls with no doors, and wooden floors.

Jackline Mulefu admitted that “most of the people in this area do not wash their hands after using latrines and they go on to cook with the same dirty hands. Then later, their families start suffering from diarrhea.”

Here’s what we plan to do about it

You can donate directly to this project to help us provide a reliable source of clean, safe water and equip families with important hygiene and sanitation information. We hope you’ll join us.

Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Community members will attend hygiene and sanitation training for at least three days. This training will ensure participants are no longer ignorant 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. Hand-washing will also be a big topic. Since open defecation was encountered here, this is at the top of our list of things to address. Waste always needs to be disposed of properly, or else it will be spread by flies or rainwater.

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.

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 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.

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 female community members by giving them more time and efforts to engage and invest in income-generating activities.

Project Updates


07/29/2019: Giving Update: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to protect Simeon Shimaka Spring for Futsi Fuvili Community in Kenya. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow our local teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories. Read more…


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05/25/2018: Futsi Fuvili Community Project Complete

Futsi Fuvili Community now has clean water! Simeon Shimaka Spring has been transformed into a flowing source of clean 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 worked together with Mr. Shimaka, our main contact person in Futsi Fuvili. He gave us the community’s preferred date for training, for he was very much aware of the community calendar when it comes to planting season and other big events.

The community member’s at first turned up in low numbers but as the training was going on, they continued to come. By the end, there were a lot of participants which was very encouraging. Attendees participated in asking questions, also in giving of answers to questions asked by the facilitator.

We covered several topics including leadership and governance; 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, hygiene promotion, and many other things.

Participants were particularly engaged in the session on handwashing.

Handwashing training

“Due to this training today, I have learned what I did not know such as, the way to wash my hand but now I know there are ten steps of washing hands,” Mrs. Jackline Mulefu said.

Sanitation Platforms

All five sanitation platforms have been installed. These five families are happy about this milestone of having a private latrine of their own and are optimistic that people will no longer leave waste outdoors. We are continuing to encourage families to finish building walls and roofs over their new latrine floors.

New sanitation platform

“I really appreciate The Water Project together with WEWASAFO for enabling my family and l get a sanitation platform, we had a bad toilet which my family and l feared to get into and step on it but now as we have dug a new pit we shall have no worries to use it and put up another superstructure which is a new beginning for my family,” Mrs. Rose Sakaya said.

Spring Protection

Community members provided all locally available construction materials, e.g bricks, wheelbarrows of clean sand, wheelbarrows of ballast, fencing poles and gravel. Accommodations and meals were provided for the artisan, too.

Men and women lent their strength to the artisan to help him with manual labor. The spring area was excavated 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.

Men and women lent their strength to the artisan to help him with manual labor. The spring area was excavated 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.

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 about two weeks of patience for the concrete to dry.

As soon as it was ready, people got the okay from our field officers to begin fetching clean water.

“I am very delighted to see that our spring has been protected, initially as we went to fetch water at the spring, we used to fetch water that was very dirty and when one would look at it, it was not pleasing to the eyes, but now as the spring has been protected we now have clean and safe water for drinking,” Mr. Enock Makokha said.

We met them there to celebrate this momentous occasion.

“I take this opportunity to thank The Water Project and WEWASAFO for enabling this community get access to clean and safe water for drinking, I know right now henceforth we shall have minimal cases of waterborne diseases. People at there homes will have no worries for they now know they have clean water since the spring has been protected,” Mrs. Mulefu said.

 


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03/16/2018: Futsi Fuvili Community Project Underway

Dirty water from Simeon Shimaka Spring is making people in Futsi Fuvili 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: Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring

July, 2019

A year ago, you funded a spring protection at Futsi Fuvili Community in Kenya – creating a life-changing moment for Jacklyne Shimaka. Thank you!

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka Spring.

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

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Life for Simeon Shimaka Spring users has transformed over the last year since the project’s implementation.

These people no longer suffer from waterborne diseases, compared to before the spring protection. They are now enjoying good health and clean, safe drinking water. Water quality, water quantity, sanitation, and hygiene has also improved in the area since the spring was protected. Good hygiene habits such as washing hands often is being promoted among community members, by community members since our training on the topic a little over a year ago. The spring itself is in good condition with a steady discharge. It is kept clean and the surrounding environment is well taken care of.

Jacklyne Shimaka, a farmer in Futsi Fuvili, met us at the spring on a recent field visit to share with us how this project has impacted her own life and the life of her village.

“The community has improved in sanitation and hygiene. Since the provision of [sanitation platforms], the toilets are always clean and [are] enough for everyone. My children have not been sick [from] any waterborne diseases since we started drinking safe water, which was not the case before the protection. I am never worried about such sickness anymore,” Jacklyne said.

Jacklyne Shimaka with Field Officer Georgina

Jacklyne also noted an interesting benefit to Simeon Shimaka Spring’s good, steady yield.

“During the dry season, we meet new people from different communities who come to access this water. This creates networking and business transactions between the members, therefore improving people’s livelihoods.”

Simeon Otundu and Georgina

John Shimaka, Jacklyne’s 8-year-old son, shared with us a simple yet powerful snapshot of how this project has impacted him personally.

Drink up!

“Before the spring protection, I was scared to go fetch water because I was afraid of falling into the water, but now I can fetch water anytime without adult supervision since it is safe and clean.”

At the spring


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 Futsi Fuvili Community, Simeon Shimaka 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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