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The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Finished Sanitaiton Platform
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Finished Sanitaiton Platform
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Group Picture
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Dental Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Dental Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Dental Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Group Discussion
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Latrine Made Of Bags
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Clothes Drying
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Where Water Is Stored
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Using Water To Wash Clothes
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Ngovilo Children
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Reaching Home With Water From The Spring
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Mrs Ngovilo Fetching Water
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Local Men Off To A Bull Fight
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Community Children
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Backyard
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  A Man Walking Through His Maize Farm
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring -  Household

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 175 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Mar 2019

Functionality Status:  Project Monitoring Data Delayed

Project Features


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Ngovilo Spring is located in a rural area of Bukhankunga Community. There are a lot of indigenous trees around and lots of sugarcane and maize farmlands. The buildings are made of either mud or grass thatching with very few semi-permanent structures around. It is a peaceful community of 175 people who are often found busy on their farms.

Most of these people are small-scale farmers. A few of the men work as boda boda (motorbike taxi) drivers. An average day starts at 6am. The women wake up and prepare the children for school. After that, they prepare breakfast and set the table. They rush to Ngovilo Spring and fetch water.

The water source is located in a busy area of the community. The water is contaminated by nearby households and farms. We noticed sugarcane farming up the slope which opens the spring to contamination when it rains. The water gathers around the collection point for people to gather each day.

Access is challenging because of the bushy environment that has been allowed to crowd the water source. People fill their containers with water from an old pipe that is rusted and rotted due to contaminants from the fertilizers around the farms that surround the spring.

As a result, the water is unsafe for consumption.

“I’m worried for my children because the water from the spring is not safe for them to drink,” said Phylis Nyongesa to us during a visit to the spring.

People suffer from waterborne diseases and mosquitoes that cause malaria breed in the stagnant water. Protecting the spring and carrying out training on hygiene and sanitation will help ensure that the water is safe and community members take appropriate steps to not contaminate the source.

After fetching the water, the women come back to sweep the compound and wash clothes. For those who have cows and goats, they go and tie them where they can graze. They then go to work on the family farm until midday when they return home to prepare lunch for the children. After lunch, they go fetch wood and fetch more water to use for bathing and for cooking in the evening. They then prepare dinner around 6pm, the family eats, and then retires to bed.

What we can do:

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


03/19/2019: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring Project Complete

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

“Right now I feel safe even drinking the water directly from the spring. Previously, the algae in the water made me reluctant to have the water drawn for consumption,” said Mr. Shokomela.

“Thank you for constructing for us the spring to access clean and safe water for drinking. May the good Lord bless you abundantly.”

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. Both men and women were there with the artisan every day to make sure that work could keep progressing quickly.

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

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.

Starting on the walls

As the wing walls and headwall cured, the stairs were set and ceramic tiles were fixed directly below the discharge pipe. The ceramic tiles installed under the discharge pipe protect 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.

The concrete dried over the course of five days, during which a community member wetted the concrete to make sure it would dry without cracking. The source area was filled up with clean stones and sand and covered with a polyethylene membrane to eliminate any potential sources of contamination.

After the completion of the construction work, the community immediately called the field officer and asked if they could start accessing water. We went as a team to meet the community at the spring to do an official handing over ceremony. 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 worked with a local church leader, Pastor Julius, to gather community members for a health training. Pastor Julius went door to door throughout the village to invite people. Being sugarcane harvesting season in the community, we were pleasantly surprised with a good turnout.

Turnout was great!

They learned about:

– Leadership and governance
– Management and maintenance of the spring
– Family planning
– Personal hygiene, including handwashing

As we talked about body hygiene, the women complained that their husbands rarely hand over their clothes to go in the laundry. The training also stressed the need to bathe, and many women were happy to have their husbands hear about the importance of a regular bath. All of the men agreed by the end of the session after hearing that being dirty is causing illness and infection, which in turn costs them money for treatment. This topic was a true eye-opener!

– Dental hygiene


– Waterborne and water-related disease, along with water treatment methods

When talking about water pollution, women discovered that they aren’t keeping their water clean as they transport it and store it back home. Their water containers don’t have covers, they linger with their water on the way back home – sitting on the containers without covers talking to each other – and lastly the same cup they use to fetch water in the house from the container is used for direct drinking.

“You know, it was said that the little things we tend to ignore are the very things that end up hurting us. We have learned that most of them are affecting our health and causing us illnesses. Thank you for reaching out to communities with such information,” said Mrs. Nandi.

Thank You for making all of this possible!


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02/20/2019: Bukhakunga Community, Ngovilo Spring Project Underway

Dirty water from Ngovilo Spring is making people in Bukhakunga 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 news of success!


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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 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