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The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Inside Of Latrine
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Latrine
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Peter Kasiala Kasit
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Grace Kasiala
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Little Girl Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Washing A Pot
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Using Spring Water To Wash Utensils
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Using Spring Water To Wash Utensils
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Carrying Water Home
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Arrowroot Growing By The Spring
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Cow Grazing
The Water Project: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring -  Maize Farm

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 161 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  10/31/2019

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There’s no water at home for 161 people living in Sasala Village. Instead, people have to leave their homes and walk to Kasit Spring. But Kasit Spring doesn’t even provide clean water; it has pooled to the surface and sits open to contamination from humans, animals, and the elements. Though dirty, Kasit Spring still attracts many people because it outlasts the driest months of the year.

“If the spring is protected it will guarantee us clean and safe water because when it rains, the water becomes dirty and changes color. It’s very risky and uncomfortable to send small children to fetch water because the place is open and they can easily fall inside the water,” said Mr. Kasiala.

“Protecting the spring will reduce the cases of typhoid because we will be accessing clean water which is not contaminated.”

Sasala Village is loud because it’s close to the main road where vehicles and people are passing all the time. The area is lush and green because the community members practice farming of sugarcane and maize. Sugarcane is sold to the West Kenya Sugar Company, they sell maize, and they sell arrowroots and bananas in the interim. Many young men have decided to do motorbike taxiing because it earns them decent income.

The community comes together during bullfighting events because they own a bull called Messy that participates. The community gathers together to cheer on the bull during fighting day and they are all so proud of Messy.

What we can do:

Spring Protection

We will protect the spring to ensure that the water is safe, adequate, and secure. Construction will keep surface runoff and other contaminants out of the water. There will be stairs down to the collection point and a pipe that can easily fill water containers. 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.

Training

“Many of the people in our community don’t see the need of having a bathroom or a compost pit because dropping garbage in the farms is believed to be natural manure to the farm. Many of the community members take baths at the back of their houses at night and that’s why many of them have no bathrooms. If [you] will be able to train and educate our community members on sanitation and hygiene, especially insisting on having toilets, bathrooms, and garbage pits – that will really help,” said Mrs. Kasiala.

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

There are very few latrines in Sasala Community. The latrines we observed are made of mud which is difficult to clean with water. Those who don’t have a latrine are allowed to share with their neighbors.

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

Project Updates


10/09/2019: Sasala Community, Kasit Spring Project Underway!

Dirty water from Kasit Spring is making people in Sasala 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!


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