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The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Finished Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Backfilling Progress
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Installing The Tiles
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Taking Measurements
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Spring Stairs Construction
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Spring Stairs Construction
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Spring Care Training
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Training And The Traditional Drummers
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Group Discussions
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Clothes Drying On The Ground
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  A Latrine In The Community
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Talking To Francis Atema About The Spring
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Interviews
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Community
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Community
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Community
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Community
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring -  Boy Walking His Dogs

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 280 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 08/07/2019

Project Features


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An average day in Shisere Community begins at 5:30am when women wake up to do chores and get their children off to school. Morning chores include rushing to the spring to fetch water for drinking and cleaning. Men start by taking care of their domestic animals and later proceed to the farm until afternoon hours when it is too hot to work. The day ends by 8pm when the sun goes down.

People get their water from Francis Atema Spring, which is close to several households. Though the spring is nearby, it’s a great struggle to get there after it rains. The ground around the spring gets muddy and slippery.

The water is completely open to contamination and is visibly dirty. The more people who come to fetch water, the more time the next person has to wait for the mud to settle to the bottom again. The community members suffer from water-related diseases after drinking this dirty water and use massive resources to purchase treatment.

“I have for a long period of time suffered in terms of consuming dirty and unsafe water,” said Mr. Richard Lijodi.

“Many times I have been diagnosed with typhoid and I have used a lot of resources to cater medication. At last, there is someone who has the interest of people at heart.”

What we can do:

“People perish due to lack of information,” said Mr. Wendo.

“We are suffering as we do not have adequate information on proper sanitation and hygiene. This has not only rendered our homes unattractive but also majority have reported being sick.”

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.

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 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.

We met a 40-year-old father. He is a married man with three children; two boys and one girl. He does not have a pit latrine in his home. When we learned that he does not have a latrine we became curious to know what the family is using for a toilet. When we visited his home we found out that he had dug an open hole that every member of the family is supposed to use.

We were left concerned about how young children use the pit. The pit is large so there’s a danger of falling in, and it’s open without walls or any structure to make it private.

This problem will soon come to an end since this father’s family has already been chosen as one of the sanitation platform recipients.

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


06/20/2019: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring Project Complete

Shisere Community is celebrating its new protected spring, so celebrate with them! Francis Atema 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 Francis Atema Spring was successful and water is now flowing from the discharge pipe.

By the time we arrived at the site, the member of the county assembly had already arrived and was accompanied by community members and local isukuti drum dancers. A brief speech was made by the member, who was extremely happy to see this development in her area. The isukuti dancers were then requested to play local Luhya songs as we all danced around the spring in celebration.

“We are happy and we really appreciate [you] for this project. We also want to thank our area member of the county assembly for working hand in hand with [everyone] during the implementation of this project. At least we are now sure of clean and safe water! As a sign of appreciation, we promise to take good care of this project for as long as we can,” said Mr. Atema.

The Process

The community worked alongside our artisan to make this spring protection successful, gathering supplementary materials like sand and stones and making meals for the work team.

The spring area was excavated with jembes, hoes, and spades to create space for setting the foundation of plastic, wire mesh, and concrete. Cement, waterproof coating, ballast, and sand were mixed together to make a very strong foundation.

Brickwork started whereby the artisan took all of the required measurements of the spring structure before proceeding with the work. Construction of the superstructure continued with fixing the discharge pipe in the brick wall. Stairs were built on one side of the spring to allow in and out movement by users.

Community members continued to use the unprotected spring water even during construction

Stone pitching along the lower part of the spring was done to prevent soil from eroding and blocking the outlet drainage. Finally, the plastering of the walls and the floor was done, and tiles were placed below the discharge pipe to keep the falling water from hitting the cement.

The spring was then left for two days to undergo curing and hardening before being backfilled using stones.

Plastic was stretched across the top and covered with soil to allow clean water to flow from the pipe. Community members promised to dig cut-off drainage at the slope of the spring to divert surface water from entering the spring and to also plant grass over the protected area to prevent erosion.

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 will continue to encourage them to finish building walls and roofs over their new latrine floors as we visit for monitoring and evaluation.

New Knowledge

The MCA communicated to the area chief about or need to train, and then he spoke to the village elder about going around and inviting all of the community members to attend. The great involvement of local leadership in this project yielded a high turnout. Our hygiene and sanitation training was held at Mr. Atema’s homestead since he is obviously the person living closest to the spring site. He had plenty of room outside under some shade trees, so this location provided both comfort and convenience for the participants.

There was a huge turnout for training

There were dozens of adults and children eager and waiting to learn!

Participants learned about topics including:

– Leadership and governance for the spring committee
– Management and maintenance of the spring

Community members learning about how spring protection works and how to best care for it

– Family planning
– Personal hygiene, highlighting handwashing and dental hygiene

The facilitator started out this topic by giving one participant the opportunity to demonstrating handwashing the way he does it daily. He went ahead and did it, and all the other participants confirmed that they also do it the same way. The facilitator then went ahead to demonstrate the proper way and each step of handwashing. They were all amazed by the ten steps!

Participants kept on laughing at their local leaders who were struggling to master the ten steps. At the end, one participant volunteered to guide the MCA slowly, step by step. In appreciation, the MCA joked about paying him to remind her of the ten steps on a weekly basis.

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

“Apart from enabling us to access clean water, [you have] also taken us through training that will really help the people of this village to observe hygiene, and I believe this will help us to keep away diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and diarrhea. May God bless the organizers, facilitators, and even the participants for making this day a success,” said Mr. Khayumbi.

Thank You for making all of this possible!


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04/16/2019: Shisere Community, Francis Atema Spring Project Underway

Dirty water from Francis Atema Spring is making people in Shisere 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 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 pours through a reinforced pipe in a concrete headwall to a paved collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!


Contributors

Imago Dei Community