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The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Clothes Drying
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Household
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Ibrahim Cleaning Up His Compound
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Cattle
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Children Playing
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Groundnuts
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Sugarcane
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Arrowroot Planted At Spring
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Elukuto Community -  Current Water Source

Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 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

The people of Elukuto Village wake up very early in the morning to prepare their children for school and then work on their farms. The community keeps dairy cattle, grows maize, sugarcane, groundnuts, cassava, yams, bananas and other various vegetables. Sugarcane growing is predominant in this area, because the crop can always be sold to local sugar factories.

The community is special because through farming and keeping cattle, they afford to educate their children. It is a hardworking community that not only works hard but works smart. Making bricks is another economic activity that is vibrant here, owing to an amazing amount of construction going on in the area.

Water Situation

Isa Spring is here in Elukuto Village, serving at least 100 different households. Its water is used for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and irrigation during the driest months. Unfortunately, the spring’s water is thoroughly open to contamination. The water is especially dangerous for contamination after it rains, with the rainwater washing dirt, feces, fertilizers, and countless other things into the water.

Hundreds come with their 20-liter jerrycans, filling them up from the water flowing over an iron sheet. This has allowed them to fill their jerrycans without having to dunk them under the water.

After drinking water from Isa Spring, community members suffer from waterborne illnesses such as typhoid and amoeba. Speaking with Mr. Isa Matala, we learned that his wife had typhoid just the week before.

Sanitation Situation

Quite a large number of homes still need a pit latrine of their own. Most families share one pit latrine among themselves. These latrines are made from mud with wooden floors. Plastic bags, sacks or iron sheets are often hung in the doorway for privacy.

Hand-washing after using the latrine is not a habit here, either.

Mr. Isa Matala said, “The idea of protecting Isa Spring will solve our water problems. Moreover, the sanitation facilities and health promotion campaign through trainings will enlighten the community to take matters related to community health as a priority.”

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

03/19/2018: Elukuto Community Project Underway

Dirty water from Isa Spring is making people in Elukuto 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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