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The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  Water Point
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  Water Drum At A Community Members Backyard
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  State Of Latrine Floors
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  Scooping Water
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  Sample Latrine
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  Sample Houses In This Community
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  Maize Plantation
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  Hoisting Bucket Of Water Onto Head To Carry Home
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  Clothes And Mattress Dry Atop Home
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  An Improvised Dishrack
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  A Sample Kitchen In The Community
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  A Cloth Hangline
The Water Project: Ematetie Community A -  A Bathroom Made From Growing Bushes

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 140 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  02/28/2019

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Chibusia Spring is a permanent unprotected spring located in Kakamega County.

The community members of Ematetie Village wake up very early in the morning to prepare their children to go to school. Thereafter, the women clean the compound before joining their husbands to work on their farms. At around 3pm the women take the vegetables to sell at the main market in town.

Most community members keep dairy cattle and grow maize, groundnuts, bananas, and vegetables. In addition to farming, the men normally undertake sand harvesting and excavation of stones to earn their living.

Water

This spring serves more than 20 households who use the water for drinking, crop irrigation, and for other household chores.

The people draw water using small jugs and pour it into larger 10- or 20-liter jerrycans, then take it home.

The water source is open and the rate of contamination is high. For example, during rainfall, the overflow of water covers the spring and consequently makes the water dirty. It predisposes its users to waterborne diseases, such as typhoid, diarrhea, amoeba, and malaria.

“The situation in this community is very bad,” Mr. Benson Omwoma explained.

“Getting clean water for the community has been difficult. We are drinking the dirty water. As a result, we suffer from rampant cases of diarrhea and typhoid. ”

The community reached out for support following a baseline survey at a neighboring school and having heard about the good work we are doing among marginalized communities. A visit to the spring showed that it was in need of protection.

Protecting the spring will help empower the female members of the community by creating more time for them to engage and invest in income-generating activities. In addition, protecting the spring will ensure that the water is safe, adequate and secure.

“This is a God-given opportunity and the idea of protecting the Chibusia Spring will solve our water problems,” one of the residents confided to the field officers.

Sanitation

Fewer than half of all households have latrines. Most of the latrines that do exist are covered by banana leaves and old iron sheets.

A good sign is the fact that most of the people throw their garbage in the farms so that they can use as manure. The sanitation facilities and health promotion campaign, through training, will enable, enlighten and build the capacity of the community to take matters related to community health as a priority.

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.

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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!



Contributors

Imago Dei Community