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The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  Inside Latrine
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  Jacklines Latrine
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  In Jacklines Home
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  Jackline Mulefu
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Futsi Fuvili Community C -  Current Water Source

Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/31/2018

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Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the Community

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 these 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 contaminated as it rains, when contaminants like farming fertilizers, feces, and dirt are washed into the water. Many drinkers of this water, especially the children, suffer from diarrhea.

Sanitation Situation

Less than half of households have a pit latrine. The ones we observed are made of mud walls with no doors, and wooden floors. Open defecation is a big issue here, without people realizing how this waste can easily contaminated the rest of the community.

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.

Plans: 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.

Plans: 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.

Plans: 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

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 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!


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