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The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Josephine Next To A Dangerous Latrine
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Women Washing Utensils
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  A Man And His Dog
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Community Children
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Full Avocado Tree
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Drying Maize
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Searching For Gold
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Gold Business
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Brick Business
The Water Project: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring -  Community

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/31/2019

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An average day in this part of Shisere Community begins early in the morning at 6 when women and children wake up to do household chores. After the children are off to school, the parents head to the mining site to begin their assigned roles. The gold mining will take them till 4pm when they collect their dues and take them to buy dinner food from the market.

The gold mining business in Shisere has been an opportunity many other communities have wished to have. Working at the mining site together has boosted unity within the community.

But the community is also unified over their struggle to get clean water. They currently get water from Richard Okanga Spring, which is open to contamination. Community members admitted that they’ve gotten used to the headaches and stomachaches that occur after drinking dirty water.

It’s now just part of life.

“Protection of our spring is a dream to achieve. We have for decades wished to get the same assistance but it has always been in vain. Our income is not that much. We cannot be involved in 100% protection of the spring,” said Mrs. Josephine Okanga.

What we can do:

“I have lived long enough in this period and because of this, I can categorically say that we people in this community are lacking behind in promoting good hygiene and sanitation. All this has been pegged on not accessing clean and safe water. These circumstances have caused more than harm to health status and developments in our community,” said Mr. Lijodi.

Training

During our survey, there was clear evidence of a suffering community. Many do not have proper information about good hygiene and sanitation standards. Most homes lack good latrines, compost pits, clotheslines, and many other import facilities and tools.

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. Handwashing will also be a big topic.

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 benefit from new concrete 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


10/09/2019: Shisere Community, Richard Okanga Spring Project Underway!

Dirty water from Richard Okanga Spring is making people in Shisere Community 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!


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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!


Contributors

Imago Dei Community