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The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Thank You
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Flowing Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Sanitation Platform Construction
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Construction
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Measuring Stairs
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Mixing Cement
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Construction
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Construction
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Construction
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Spring Foundation
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Delivering Bricks To The Site
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Delivering Bricks To The Site
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Community Members Carrying Bricks To The Site
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Spring Construction
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Excavation
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Spring Care Training
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Handwashing Training
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Training
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Sample Mud Latrine
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Carrying Water Home
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Carrying Water Home
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Dorcas Ayuma
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Benjamin Sachita Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Going To Fetch Water
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Road To The Spring
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring -  Household

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 189 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - May 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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There are 189 people living in this part of Kambiri who do not have regular access to clean and safe water. Instead, they fill their buckets with the dirty water found nearby at Sachita Spring.

This water is entirely open to contamination and gets especially dirty when it rains. Animals are free to come and go as they please, contaminating the water further. Nonetheless, containers are dunked under the surface and filled with water used for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and many other things.

People suffer from waterborne diseases like typhoid.

“We are tired of visiting the health facility every now and then because of waterborne diseases. At first, we didn’t know the cause of sickness and now that we know we will be grateful if this spring is protected so as to reduce money spent on treatment of preventable disease through taking clean and safe water,” said Mr. Sachita.

This makes it so much harder for community members to make a living and care for their families. Sickness keeps them off of their maize farms.

Sachita Spring is near Kakamega Forest, which is the only existing indigenous equatorial forest in Kenya with over 360 birds species and is known for the blue monkeys that live within. The community members take pride in the existence of the forest since it is a big reason why springs in this area don’t run dry at all. This forest also acts as a tourist attraction center that has led to the economic growth of the area, providing employment opportunities for people who act as tour guides.

What we can do:

“Our people need to be taught about proper sanitation and improved hygiene. A simple act like washing hands with soap after using the latrine is not practiced because people think it doesn’t much affect someone’s health – yet it a major cause of health problems experienced in our community,” said Mrs. Ayuma.

Some community members have dish racks and clotheslines, but only a few have garbage pits since they prefer throwing waste on their farms, which acts as manure. The biggest area that needs improvement is practicing handwashing after using the latrine and dental hygiene.

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

Less than half of households have a pit latrine, so those who don’t have one most often share with their neighbor. Latrines are made of mud, making them extremely hard to keep clean.

On the final day of training, participants will select five families that should most benefit from new latrine floors.

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


05/29/2019: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring Project Complete

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

“Thank you for making it possible for us to access clean and safe water. Before, we used to take contaminated water which made us get sick frequently – especially children. Now we can take water without worrying about waterborne diseases,” said 72-year-old Berida.

The Process:

The community worked alongside our artisan to make spring protection successful. People living closest to the spring made meals for the work team, and several community members shuttled supplementary materials directly to the construction site.

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.

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 beautify 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 backfilling was done at the reservoir area, the community members were already waiting and ready with poles and nails to help the artisan fence in the area.

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 community members were informed of the importance of hygiene and sanitation training as we supervised construction work, and a convenient date and time were chosen. The community members who were there with us then went house to house to inform others about the training.

The participants were very involved throughout the training, asking many questions for clarification about the topics that were covered. They also volunteered to help whenever there was a demonstration.

Participants learned about:

– Leadership and governance for the spring committee

Under this topic, the water user committee leaders were elected in order to oversee the maintenance of the spring and to ensure that proper sanitation is observed by everyone in the community. They were also asked to form and register a group that works to do income-generating activities so that economic standards improve.

This was special because participants asked many questions about how they can form, manage, and register their group to get additional support from the local government. The facilitator informed them that they should not only form a group but also have a plan for what activities they should engage in together. They need to embrace unity and work hard in order to succeed.

– Management and maintenance of the spring


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

Dental hygiene was discussed in detail. Participants were informed that they need to brush after meals and that they need to replace their brushes after three months. A demonstration about the right way to brush, highlighting the amount of toothpaste to be used, was done.

This activity was special because the participants said that they had never learned the proper way to brush. If they cannot afford a new toothbrush every three months, they were advised to improvise by using a clean, chewed stick instead. They can also use salt or charcoal in place of toothpaste.

The community members really liked learning about handwashing as well. They appreciated learning how to make their own handwashing stations by using jerrycans, string, and sticks.


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

Discussing the possibility of solar disinfection. All someone needs is a clear container, the sun, and some time.

“This training was very educative. Now we know more about the project and we have also learned how to keep ourselves and the environment clean in order to reduce infections, diseases, and improve our wellbeing,” said Mrs. Shikuku.

Thank You for making all of this possible!


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04/16/2019: Kambiri Community, Sachita Spring Project Underway

Dirty water from Sachita Spring is making people in Kambiri 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 leads to a concrete spring box and collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!