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The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Sanitation Platform Construction
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Fencing
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Excavation
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Excavation
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Care Training
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Spring Care Training
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Group Discussion
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Clothes Drying On A Fence
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Wooden Latrine Floor
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Latrine
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Drinking Water Straight From The Spring
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Berry Fetching Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring -  Current Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 160 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Feb 2019

Functionality Status:  Requires Repair

Last Checkup: 04/20/2019

Project Features


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Welcome to Samisbei Village, located in a vegetated valley of Nandi County. It is home to 160 people. Each morning the villagers wake up and head out to their farms where they cultivate cash crops of tea, bananas, and sugarcane. Some others keep cattle or sell goods in small shops and kiosks to put food on the table. Women also grow much of the food they need to eat each day in their kitchen gardens.

Water

Water for washing, cooking, drinking, and farming is collected at Isaac Rutoh Spring. Members of the community bring their containers and dip them into the pool of water which has leaves and green patches of scum floating on the top. They stand on rocks in the pool so as to reach the deeper parts. Sometimes they even scoop water into their hands and drink it right there.

According to one of the community members, Caroline Mmboga, their water gets dirtied every day due to it being used by illicit brewers of a dangerous alcohol called “chang’aa.” Caroline said that the brewers fetch the water with dirty containers, contaminating it with a strong smell. The families living around here know that if their spring is protected, the illicit brewers will not be able to contaminate their water with smelly alcohol containers.

Sanitation

The majority of people have clotheslines to hang their clothes on, dish racks to dry their utensils on, and bathing rooms for taking showers.

However, many people don’t have safe latrines as the present ones are made of wooden floors and mud walls which crack easily and fall down – forcing people to use them during evening hours and on special circumstances only to save them the shame of being seen using the latrines through the crumbling walls.

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


02/13/2019: Samisbei Community, Isaac Rutoh Spring Project Complete

Samisbei Community is celebrating their new protected spring, so celebrate with them! Isaac Rutoh 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 Isaac Rutoh Spring was successful and water is now flowing from the discharge pipe.

“This is a historic moment for us, for we have never seen such a wonderfully protected spring in our area. We are glad to be the beneficiaries of such a project and we believe that this new water point is going to change our lives completely through access to safe clean water,” said Mr. Magoy.

On the day of training, the participants were deliberating an amendment to the name “Samisbei” Village, which is a term from Nandi tribe meaning “bad water.” They are thinking about changing it to “good water,” which in the local dialect will now be “Tililenbei” Village.

“Our water is smelling very sweet now unlike in previous days, where you could not even stay for long at the unprotected spring because of the bad smell that was coming from the water,” remembered Mrs. Mmboga.

“Even a passerby can now quench his or her thirst from this new and beautifully constructed spring confidently, which discharges very clean and safe water.”

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.

Working together to excavate and make room for the 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 over the brickwork

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. The community plans to plant grass around the spring area to prevent soil erosion and has already put up a fence to protect the construction from wild animals.

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

The community has been trained to form a very strong management committee that will oversee all the activities carried out at the spring. Also, the group is being advised to always seek the advice of our organization when there is a major issue that may require our help.

This all happened during training, which had a huge attendance of 25 community members. This exceeded our expectations of 20; there were even five children who joined their parents. It was a bright morning with lots of sunshine. Due to the hot weather, we had to hold our training under the shade provided by trees within the compound of Mrs. Caroline Mmboga, our contact person.

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.

The level of participation was very high as many of the participants were active by asking questions concerning the management of the spring, issues of cleanliness of the spring, and the use of mosquito nets.

Participants were able to learn the importance of washing hands with soap in order to kill germs that cause diseases. The facilitator encouraged the participants to put up improvised leaky tin handwashing stations by showing them how to make them using empty plastic containers of 3 to 10 liters and placing them near the latrines with a soap.

“All the lessons that we have learned today are really informative as well as a wake-up call to us to take hygiene issues more seriously and adhere to every aspect of instructions given,” said Mrs. Tenai.

“Those of us who have been using mosquito nets to fence vegetables are going to remove them and use the right item for the intended purpose. Also, the idea of improvising a leaky tin using plastic containers is going to help us a lot to regularly wash our hands even when there is no food to eat.”

Thank You for making all of this possible!


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01/10/2019: Samisbei Community Project Underway

Dirty water from Isaac Rutoh Spring is making people in Samisbei 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 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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