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The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Spring Excavation
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Handwashing With Leaky Tin
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Group Discussion
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Leaky Tin Training
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Leaky Tin Training
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Water Handling Training
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Spring Care Training
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Spring Care Training
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Waste Pilled Up At A Community Members Compound
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Unprotected Water Source Of Akunwa
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  The Route Tfrom The Spring
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Mzee Washes Hands At Spring
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Latrine Made With Old Mosquito Nets
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Latrine Made Of Metal Siding And Roof
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Latrine Floor
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Jerrycan Left For Filling
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Inside A Community Memers Kitchen
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Homestead
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Girl Washes Her Hands In The Spring
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Fetching Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Ducks In A Compound In The Village
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Dangerous State Of Latrine Floor
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Clothes Dry On House Line Bushes And Ground
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  Bathroom Made Out Of Banana Leaves
The Water Project: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring -  A Kitchen Garden In One Of The Compounds

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 240 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 09/21/2019

Project Features


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John Omusembi Spring is located in Asimuli Village of Vihiga County.

For people in this community, a normal day starts by getting up early in the morning and going to their farms. Many people in this community engage in small-scale dairy farming, poultry keeping, cash crop farming such as small-scale sugar cane plantations, and subsistence farming of vegetables and cereals like maize, beans, and groundnuts.

Throughout the year they are found cultivating their land in preparation for planting or harvesting ready crops from their farms. After which, the harvest is stored for future use. Some of the food is taken to the markets to be sold for money.

Though the income from the sale of these crops is low, the community members prioritize their budgets to meet their daily needs and keep life going.

Water

The improvised spring has been in existence for the last 17 years, according to the landowner Mr. John Omusembi Akunwa. It serves some 240 people. This source has a lot of water, which does not disappear even during extreme droughts or dry spells.

“I used to see how people in my area and mostly my family were struggling to get water from nearby sources which are safe and far to reach. I said, “No I must do something to relieve them,” and thus I decided to invent this source,” Mr. Akunwa said.

People normally place their containers directly below the pipes and allow water to just flow into the containers. Others use jugs to fetch the water from the improvised pipes and pour them into the containers.

Many people prefer leaving the water in the containers used to fetch the water, to use the water when the need arises. Others have special storage containers placed strategically at various areas within the house like the kitchen for cooking and washing utensils, the bathrooms for bathing, and the sitting room for drinking.

The source is contaminated.

This is because the pipes used to collect the water were fixed manually without laying stones and covering the spring box with a polythene paper to avoid seepage of contaminant during the rainy season.

According to the landowner, the government, through the Ministry of Water and Natural Resources, has supported the protection of some springs in this location but the community has not been able to list their spring as part of the intended projects. With this kind of isolation, the community members feel that their leadership has sidelined them instead of acting equitably in terms of project allocations.

After we identified Lihala Sifoto Spring, word went round that there is a good samaritan around who is concerned with helping those in need. One of the village elders by the name Beatrice Donald directed us to visit the people of John Omusembi Akunwa Spring and found that their spring needs urgent attention to save them of many struggles in accessing safe, clean drinking water.

Sanitation

Sanitation, on the other hand, has always been a big challenge to this community.

We found out that many households have at least one facility that promotes hygiene like a clothesline, a compost pit, or a dish rack. Garbage is left to decompose for some time and later dug up to use as organic manure on the farms.

Many people in this area use latrines made of mud walls, wooden floors, old iron sheet roofs, and doors of varied materials depending on the ability of the owner to acquire the materials. Most people use improvised doors made of old iron sheets and joint timber.

Latrines made of mud walls sometimes become weak and fall, leaving holes in the walls that exposes the privacy of the users. Also, many of this latrines are made of a wooden floor which absorbs urine and starts to rot and break over time — thus injuring the users.

The provision of sanitation platforms will help to improve the status of the sanitation of this community members.

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: Asimuli Community, John Omusembi Spring Project Complete

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

“We are more than a happy village now. The water point looks very good and pleasing, to be admired by all. This spring is a Christmas gift to us, our long suffering as now gone forever and we promised to take care of this water source like the apple of our eyes,” said Mr. Aponya.

The Process:

Community members provided all locally available construction materials, e.g bricks, wheelbarrows of clean sand, wheelbarrows of ballast, and gravel. This work was so fast and easy because many hands make light work; even the children chose to help transport materials to the construction site. Community members also hosted our artisans for the duration of construction.

A child delivering sand to the construction site, which will be used to mix cement

The spring area was excavated with jembes, hoes, and spades to create space for setting the foundation of polyethylene, wire mesh, and concrete.

Excavation

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.

Working on the stairs

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.

We planned for the training sessions with the help of the village elder, Beatrice Donald. She helped us inform and invite community representatives who use John Omusembi Spring.

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.

“Surely education has no end!” said Mrs. Omusembi.

“Today we have received new information about normal life. The knowledge acquired, especially on water handling and hygiene, has challenged us to do more on our part – especially the kinds of practices we partake in like general cleanliness, food handling, and handwashing.”

Thank You for making all of this possible!


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01/10/2019: Asimuli Community Project Underway

Dirty water from John Omusembi Spring is making people in Asimuli 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

Tableau Software Incorporated Matching Gift
Microsoft Matching Gift
The Clorox Company
"It's Kevin's Birthday!" Campaign for Water
Tinuade's Campaign for Water
Ruhee's Campaign for Water
Preach at the Beach- Water Campaign

And 1 other fundraising page(s)
5 individual donor(s)