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The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Finished Spring Protection
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Excavation
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Excavation
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Delivering Stones
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Spring Care Training
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Training Group Picture
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Group Discussions
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Group Discussions
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Dental Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Water Treatment Training
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Cool Chair Brought To Training
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Hand Washing Container
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Latrine
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Mrs Pendi Fetching Water
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Mrs Pendi Fetching Water
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Mr Pendi At The Spring
The Water Project: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring -  Current Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 100 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 10/10/2019

Project Features


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In the village of Koloch there are 100 people who live and work and do family life together.  They have small-scale tea plantations, small banana farms and also grow vegetables and cereals of all kinds which are dried and stored for future use or taken to nearby markets to be sold so as to get money to buy other items which cannot be produced from the farms.

Water

During our visit to a school called Kosiage Primary School, one of the teachers invited us to visit Solomon Pendi Spring and give any advice as to how to turn it into a safe and reliable clean water source. It is the only source of water for this village. On arrival, the spring was found to be totally open to all kinds of contamination from nearby farms, homes, and latrines. Villagers even wash their hands in it and then scoop up water into pitchers to take home for cooking, washing, and drinking.

This community is constantly weak to waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid.

Sanitation

Most people in Koloch use latrines, but some of these are almost full and give off a bad odor. All are crudely built and are often unsafe to use because of rotting wooden floors. But we see a good effort here: Many families in this village use dish-drying racks and clotheslines. Some even have improvised tippy-taps (handwashing stations) near their latrines!

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.

Project Updates


02/12/2019: Koloch Community, Solomon Pendi Spring Project Complete

Koloch Community is celebrating their new protected spring, so celebrate with them! Solomon Pendi Spring has been transformed into a flowing, safe 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.

Spring Protection

Construction at Solomon Pendi Spring was successful and water is now flowing from the discharge pipe.

“For sure, things change within no time such as this! It was only the other day when I fetched water from the unprotected water source and today I am able to access water from the pipe. We shall maintain high standards of hygiene as well as secure this water point for our grandchildren,” said Mrs. Bitok.

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.

A little boy fetches water while the artisan excavates for the spring foundation.

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.

Plastering the brick

The source area was filled up with clean stones and sand and covered with a polyethylene membrane to eliminate any potential sources of contamination.

Protecting the area behind the discharge pipe

The concrete dried over the course of five days. The community has planted grass along the water catchment point to prevent erosion, and they are also planning to fence the area so as to protect the water source from interference by people and animals. On the other hand, the community is in the process of forming a self-help group so that they can start undertaking income-generation activities.

With this spring now handed over to the community, we will continue to follow up with the water committee to make sure everything runs smoothly.

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.

New Knowledge

We planned for hygiene and sanitation training with the assistance of Mr. Vitinyu,  our contact person who led the entire community through this project. We called him to set a date and time for training. He went ahead and informed other community members about the same.

The attendees participated actively throughout the training sessions. Women were especially interested when compared to the men, wanting to learn how to prevent illnesses from which their children regularly suffer.

Participants received notebooks and pens to write down what they learned

Several topics were covered during the training, such as personal and environmental hygiene, common local diseases and their prevention, and care of the water point. The ten steps of handwashing were demonstrated, along with demonstrations for dental hygiene and water treatment.

Handwashing demonstration with volunteers

“I am now a very old man nearing my retirement and I have not known how to wash my hands. This training has really taught us a lot on why hygiene should be taken very seriously to eliminate hygiene-related diseases,” said Mr. Vitinyu.

“From today onwards, our attitude towards hygiene has changed and we shall ensure that every member of our village and neighbors adapt the same for a healthy society.”


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01/10/2019: Koloch Community Project Underway

Dirty water from Solomon Pendi Spring is making people in Koloch Community sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to build a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this 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!


Contributors

Twincrest, Inc.
Mudd Print & Promo
Mountain Creek Baptist Church
Faith Chapel
9 individual donor(s)