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The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Rachael Mboone
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Sample Latrine
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Kitchen Area
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Kitchen Area
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Home Water Storage
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Matanyi Spring
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Matanyi Spring
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Matanyi Spring
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Shop Owned By Moses Matanyi
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Moses Matanyi
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Cow
The Water Project: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring -  Community Farm

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 210 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/31/2019

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“Our spring, not protected, has put everyone’s lives at risk. We have experienced cases of typhoid and cholera… but thank God we have not lost lives,” said Mr. Moses Matanyi.

There are over 20 households living nearby Matanyi Spring. These 210 people use the spring’s water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing. The water pools above the ground and is entirely open to contamination. To get water, a person dunks their container under the surface until full.

Mwichina Village is densely populated with a majority of the houses made of mud. The members of the village are sugarcane farmers whose harvests are taken to Kabras Factory for processing. Some young men have purchased a motorbike to earn fees for taxiing others. The village is quite peaceful.

Moses Matanyi, a retired teacher told us about an average day in Mwichina. He said, “My normal day begins at about 6am. I wake up and prepare myself to get ready for the day’s activities. I run a small shop in my compound and I need to open it very early to allow people access to whatever they are in need of for their breakfast. I run this shop of mine till 10pm in the night. In between customers I am able to take care of my small farm which is also my source of livelihood.”

But with cases of typhoid and other water-related sicknesses common in Mwichina, normal days are disrupted and people like Mr. Matanyi can’t work on their farms or in their shops to make a living.

What we can do:

Training

“As you have witnessed, we are trying as members to observe proper hygiene and sanitation. But this has not been 100%. We believe and hope that as time goes by all our members will have all the sanitation facilities in their homes,” said Rachael Mboone.

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 concrete 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


04/10/2019: Mwichina Community, Matanyi Spring Project Underway

Dirty water from Matanyi Spring is making people in Mwichina Community sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to solve this issue by building 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 again with news of success!


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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!



Contributors

Yakima Foursquare Church