Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 210 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jul 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 02/02/2024

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The weather was very good on the day of our visit to Burachu B. The sunny and dry weather made for safely-traveled dirt roads. Burachu is a rural area where people are very busy with their daily work in the garden, farm, or home. The area is green from all of the planted farmland. Most people have also planted their own indigenous trees around their homesteads. We found farmers taking advantage of the hot and dry weather by putting their recently-harvested maize out to dry.

Those who do not have their own farms do casual labor for other people. These laborers can make anywhere from 100 to 300 shillings depending on the type of job.

An average day begins with house chores. As children are getting ready for school, women make sure the house and its surroundings are tidy and enough water is collected. All this work is done before midday so they can afford time helping in the garden or farm.

The water collected each day is dirty and dangerous for drinking. Several families draw their water from Namukhuvichi Spring, which is an open water source that has pooled above ground. We were sorrowed to find an expecting mother scooping water from the spring to take back home and use.

Water from this source is collected using a small container that bails water to fill a larger jerrycan. This is done continuously until the container is full.

"Having scarcity of safe water has brought me issues with my neighbor when my child had a fight with her's. This is because one child after fetching water threw a stone in the water and it got dirty. They began to fight, causing injuries to themselves, and this made me conflict with my neighbor who did not understand. She took her daughter's side and because of this we do not talk," said Mrs. Edith Hussein.

"In my thoughts, I wished our spring could be protected, then all this could not arise."

The younger children complain of constant stomachaches that are attributed to dirty water from Namukhuvichi Spring.

What we can do:

From the observations made during visits and interviews, we found the community members here don't know a lot about good sanitation. Livestock and poultry are let inside the home. Other families are missing important tools like clotheslines and dish racks that will dry their belongings up off the ground.


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.

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

The latrines in this community are not very stable - when you look from the outside many of them have leaning walls. The insides are cleaned with ash on a weekly basis whereby the ash is applied around the hole and the rest is poured inside. This ash keeps the odor down and flies away.

However, only a little over half of the families living here have their own pit latrine. The families without them often share with their neighbors.

On the final day of training, participants will select the five families that will most 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

June, 2020: COVID-19 Prevention Training Update at Burachu B Community, Namukhuvichi Spring

Our teams are working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us in our fight against the virus while maintaining access to clean, reliable water.

The social distance test: "When in doubt, throw your arms out!"

We are carrying out awareness and prevention trainings on the virus in every community we serve. Very often, our teams are the first (and only) to bring news and information of the virus to rural communities like Burachu B, Kenya.

Trainer Karen leads handwashing demonstration

We trained more than 20 people on the symptoms, transmission routes, and prevention of COVID-19. Due to public gathering concerns, we worked with trusted community leaders to gather a select group of community members who would then relay the information learned to the rest of their family and friends.

We covered essential hygiene lessons:

- Demonstrations on how to build a simple handwashing station

- Proper handwashing technique

- The importance of using soap and clean water for handwashing

- Cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces including at the water point.

We covered COVID-19-specific guidance in line with national and international standards:

- Information on the symptoms and transmission routes of COVID-19

- What social distancing is and how to practice it

- How to cough into an elbow

- Alternative ways to greet people without handshakes, fist bumps, etc.

- How to make and properly wear a facemask.

Homemade mask tutorial

During training, we installed a new handwashing station with soap near the community’s water point, along with a sign with reminders of what we covered.

Making her own facemask during the training

Due to the rampant spread of misinformation about COVID-19, we also dedicated time to a question and answer session to help debunk rumors about the disease and provide extra information where needed.

Reviewing the prevention reminders chart

We continue to stay in touch with this community as the pandemic progresses. We want to ensure their water point remains functional and their community stays informed about the virus.

Demonstrating using the elbow for coughing and sneezing

Water access, sanitation, and hygiene are at the crux of disease prevention. You can directly support our work on the frontlines of COVID-19 prevention in all of the communities we serve while maintaining their access to safe, clean, and reliable water.

July, 2019: Burachu B Community, Namukhuvichi Spring Project Complete

Burachu B Community now has clean water! Namukhuvichi Spring has been transformed into a flowing source of clean 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

Water is now flowing from the discharge pipe at Namukhuvichi Spring, giving community members a quick and easy way to fetch water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.

We met community members at the spring to celebrate the transformation.

"The new face of our spring is so good, and we are very happy that we can access clean and safe drinking water. It is very humbling to see that we are among the many people who were reached to get clean water," said Mrs. Edith Hussein.

"We had been suffering accessing clean safe water, thus our children being affected with typhoid most of the time and this has come to an end. The help is wonderful and we thank God for the organization!"

The community members of Namukhuvichi Spring are well-organized and very cooperative. During the mobilization of supplementary materials like sand and stones, there was no difficulty because of the unity and oneness they have. The group shows a high level of commitment and this gives us the assurance that the spring will be maintained and managed.

A woman helping the artisan by passing the bricks he needs

The Process

The construction process at Namukhuvichi Spring began with clearing the site using jembes, hoes, spades, and hammers to remove stones and clay. Once clear and level, our artisan could form the base for the slab.

Thick plastic was laid out, followed by wire mesh and a mixture of sand, ballast, cement, and water was mixed to make a stable foundation. This was left to dry for 12 hours. Brickwork then followed where the walls and the staircases were done, also using sand, cement, and waterproof cement.

The discharge pipe was then fitted at the headwall 20 inches high so that community members can place a jerrycan underneath. Plastering was then done and the tiles are fitted just under the discharge pipe so the slab won't be damaged by the falling water.

The spring was cured for 48 hours as backfilling was done using hardcore and plastic over the top.

Soil was piled over the protected area and the community planted grass to prevent erosion. The spring was then left to dry for five days before the community was allowed to start using the water point at their convenience.

Sanitation Platforms

All five sanitation platforms have been installed. These five families are happy about this milestone of having a private latrine of their own and are optimistic that people will no longer have to use the bathroom outdoors. We are continuing to encourage families to finish building walls and roofs over their new latrine floors.

New Knowledge

Everyone who fetches water from Namukhuvichi Spring was invited to attend hygiene and sanitation training. The training was well-attended, especially by women and children. The weather was good, so people decided to meet us under the trees by the spring. The training was interactive with the participants asking and answering questions without fear.

We covered several topics including leadership and governance; operation and maintenance of the spring; healthcare; family planning; immunizations; the spread of disease and prevention. We also covered water treatment methods, personal care like handwashing, environmental hygiene, hygiene promotion, and many other things.

We covered hygiene in such detail, including subtopics like personal, dental, environmental, and handwashing. What made this special was that during the training, one participant admitted that in their village, they do not bathe on a daily basis because they believe water washes away one's body - or rather makes one slim.

It also requires soap, and with their economy, it is better for them to minimize the use. The facilitator empowered them on the need for cleanliness and dispelled the myth with the real reasons why people get slim.

Teaching about the spring was convenient since the participants had already opted to hold training nearby. We were all able to get up and move over to the spring to show how the protection works, what the community can do to take care of it, and rules they can enforce to ensure sustainability.

We talked about how when sugarcane is planted nearby, fertilizer can seep into the water source. It is absorbed in the soil and goes directly to the water - and thus contaminated water. During this training, it was agreed that there will only be simple grass for a large perimeter around the spring.

"The training has been of great importance for me. It came right on time and my life is changing in different areas. I had a different understanding and perceptions about dental hygiene, handwashing, and even management," said Mrs. Beatrice Nawire.

"With this information and knowledge, I am going to empower other members of the community and friends who were not in the training."

The people here are organized and great at articulating issues. We were able to interact with them easily and they seemed eager to adopt new ideas. They showed a high level of understanding and we look forward to seeing them practice what they learned.

June, 2019: Burachu B Community, Namukhuvichi Spring Project Underway

Dirty water from Namukhuvichi Spring is making people in Burachu B 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

Springs are water sources that come from deep underground, where the water is filtered through natural layers until it is clean enough to drink. Once the water pushes through the surface of the Earth, however, outside elements like waste and runoff can contaminate the water quickly. We protect spring sources from contamination with a simple waterproof cement structure surrounding layers of clay, stone, and soil. This construction channels the spring’s water through a discharge pipe, making water collection easier, faster, and cleaner. Each spring protection also includes a chlorine dispenser at the waterpoint so community members can be assured that the water they are drinking is entirely safe. Learn more here!

Giving Update: Burachu B Community, Namukhuvichi Spring

February, 2021

A year ago, your generous donation helped Burachu B Community in Kenya access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Mirriam. Thank you!

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Burachu B Community 3.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Burachu B Community 3 maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

We’re confident you'll love joining this world-changing group committed to sustainability!

"Before, coming to the spring to get water was very difficult because I was not able to get clean water. Most of the time, the water was dirty due to its openness, and we had no clear access."

"It was easy to fall in the water because we used to stand on a stone to fetch. If you slid even a bit, you found yourself in the pool of water which got dirty and at the same time you would not able to fetch it."

"Right now, I am able to get clean and safe water because I just put down the container at the discharge pipe, then fetch it."

"We have also been enabled with stairs which makes it easy to get water even during the rainy season because it is not slippery."

"Having this water point has helped me improve my studies during the past year. Having easy access to clean water has made me use my time well and this was why I got an award in school as the most improved and at the same time the cleanest pupil. This came as a result of washing my uniform with enough water that is readily available."

Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Burachu B Community 3 maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

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