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The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Bathroom
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Boy At The Spring
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Cooking Area
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Drinking Water Storage
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Drying Clothes
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Fireplace
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Firewood Store
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Hanging Clothes To Dry
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Homestead
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Kitchen Garden
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Lishenga Spring
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Milking Cow
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Pigs Feeding
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Preparing Farm For Planting
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Rainwater Catchment Drums
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Stella At The Spring
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Traditional House
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Traditional Latrine
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Victoria Anyona
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Waiting For Water At The Spring
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Working Farm
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Carrying Water From The Spring
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Spring
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Woman Poses Next To Her Dish Rack
The Water Project: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring -  Banana Plantation

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 224 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  03/31/2020

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Field Officer Rose Serete was visiting with a friend a few months back and asked her about where she gets her water. She told me about the nearby Lishenga Spring where more than 220 people from Rosterman Community also got their water. It was immediately clear that the spring is a viable water source that needs to be protected.

Lishenga Spring provides water throughout the year. During the dry season, it is overcrowded since people who fetch water from other seasonal springs come here to fetch water instead. A pipe affixed to the spring to make it easier to collect the water is now rusted, making the water unsafe for drinking. Waterborne diseases caused by drinking the water lead to many families spending a lot of money on medication.

“This pipe was inserted on this spring many years ago and I am worried because it has rusted, and this might cause health problems,” said Victoria Anyona, a community member who uses the spring.

Rosterman Community is a rural area with a variety of houses ranging from mud-walled to permanent structures. It is highly vegetated with large areas covered in a variety of indigenous trees. All of this contributes to an overall peaceful community.

Most of the men are employed as bodaboda (motorcycle taxi) drivers. Some people work as public servants, like teachers. Others undertake informal jobs working as farmhands or on construction sites to make a daily income.

On a typical day here, women wake up around 6:00 am and prepare breakfast before going to fetch water. Children wake up at around the same time to prepare for school. The men wake up at around 7:00 am, take breakfast, and prepare themselves to go to work. After the men and children leave, the women perform household chores, such as cleaning the house and washing clothes. In the afternoon, they prepare lunch and go to look for firewood. The children will return for lunch at home before going back to school. In the evening, they go to fetch more water before cooking dinner. The men come back in the evening and have supper before retiring to bed.

What we can do:

Spring Protection

Protecting the spring will help provide access to cleaner and safer water. 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 a task predominantly carried out by women and young girls. Protecting the spring and offering training and support will, therefore, help empower the female members of the community by freeing up more of their time and energy to engage and invest in income-generating activities.

Training

Community members will attend hygiene and sanitation training for at least 2 days. This training will ensure participants have the knowledge they need about healthy practices and their importance.

The facilitator plans to use Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), 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 is consumed. We will also emphasize the importance of handwashing.

Training will result in the formation of a committee that will oversee the operations and maintenance of 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 channels. 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 5 families that should benefit from new concrete latrine floors. Training will inform the community and selected families on what they need to contribute to make this project a success. They must mobilize locally available materials, including bricks, clean sand, and gravel. The 5 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.

Project Updates


02/12/2020: Rosterman Community, Lishenga Spring Project Underway!

Dirty water from Lishenga Spring is making people in Rosterman sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install 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 with news of success!


The Water Project : kenya19139-waiting-for-water-at-the-spring


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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 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!


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