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The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Latrines
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Latrines
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Latrines
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Woman Carrying Firewood Home
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Doing Laundry Nearby Spring
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Water Containers On Ground
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Hirumbi Community, Khalembi Spring -  Household

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  08/31/2019

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The 147 people in Hirumbi Community who use Khalembi Spring to meet their water needs are drinking contaminated water. The spring is open to all sorts of contamination from the elements, animals, and human activities like doing laundry and nearby farming.

More so, they waste a lot of their resources in seeking medication to treat these waterborne and water-related diseases; resources that could have been used for development. Also, hygiene and sanitation in the area is so wanting, as most of the community members are using filthy, full pit latrines.

Most of the latrine floors are made of mud or wood, making them near impossible to clean. In most cases, they are never cleaned. Those who try, do it once a week. There are no leaky tins near the latrines which suggests that the community members don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom.

The spring is located in a rural area that’s vegetated with a lot of trees. This community is peaceful with little noise pollution and no factories around. It’s surrounded by both permanent and traditional houses. There are also a number of semi-permanent houses within this environment.

Most families are nuclear, but they also apportion land for their extended family members. Both genders contribute to family affairs and income-generating activities. Both men and women focus on earning an income.

In this community, farming is the main source of income. When the crop is harvested, it’s taken to the market to be traded or sold. Apart from farming, many men are motorbike riders who charge a small fee to shuttle others to and fro.

Protection of Khalembi Spring will curb the rampant waterborne diseases in the area, and hence the living standards in the community will improve.

What we can do:

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.

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.

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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

Imago Dei Community