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The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  A Sample Latrine
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Water Containers Left Outside
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Water Source
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Heading To The Spring
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Man With His Cow
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Chickens
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Cassava Farm
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Drying Maize
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Community Members
The Water Project: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring -  Community Members

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  07/13/2019

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350 people living in Musango use Emufutu Spring to meet their needs. The water found here is contaminated. To make things a bit easier, someone installed an iron sheet to funnel water into people’s containers. The spring is downhill and is prone to flooding during a rainy day, making the water even dirtier and more dangerous for consumption. Despite the danger, families are often left with no other choice.

“We are forced to take all caution just to have water for drinking. We try to boil, but sometimes this becomes hard for large families. Seeing our children take unsafe water saddens us, especially mothers because many nights we stay awake when our children fall sick,” shared Mrs. Rhoda Omunyifa.

“A sick child makes the mother sick too.”

From our observations, the people don’t seem to know about the importance of treating water before drinking. Few boil their water. We saw a chlorine dispenser at the spring, but that has been abandoned for a long time. The community members told us that it used to be supplied with chlorine, but the organization that did that stopped.

Musango Village being a community that largely depends on farming, the day starts as early as 6am. When people wake up, they do house chores in preparation of a full day’s work on the farm. Women are traditionally responsible for fetching water from the spring before heading to the farm. The family may meet for lunch, or may not. The children will be at school while the elderly remain at home to babysit any young ones. The family meets again in the evening after more farm work.

What we can do:

Training

“The hygiene and sanitation in our community is not that good. You will find dirty utensils left out in the compound on the ground. Cats and dogs go licking on them. Many homesteads are not clean and some children have been infected with jiggers all because of poor hygiene,” said Gilbertone Kilo.

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


06/11/2019: Musango Community, Emufutu Spring Project Underway

Dirty water from Emufutu Spring is making people in Musango 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

Zukul
Bilal and Asli's Campaign for a Water Well
Water wells for Africa!

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