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The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Proud New Owner Of A Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Celebrating The Spring
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Like Mother Like Son Enjoying The Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Checking Out The New Spring
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Happy For Clean Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Enjoying The Spring Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  All Ages Appreciate Clean Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Ta Da Clean Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Happy Day At The Spring
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Enjoying The Spring Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Enjoying The Spring Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Celebrating The Spring
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Smiles At The Spring
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Smiles At The Spring
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Grateful For Clean Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Thank You
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Thank You
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Completed Spring
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Training Complete
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Site Management Training At Spring Construction Site
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  A Reaction To The Discussion
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Participants
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Toothbrushing Volunteer
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Handwashing Practice
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Participants Respond To A Question
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Handwashing Practice
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Field Officer Leads Handwashing Activity
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Listening Attentively
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Taking Notes During Training
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Community Members Help Install The Platform
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Sanitation Platform Construction
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Grass Planting
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Fencing
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Backfilling With Rocks And Soil
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Fitting The Plastic Tarp
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Backfilling With Stones As Water Starts To Flow
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Tile Fitting
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Working On The Rub Wall
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Stair Construction
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Spring Wall Plaster Works
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Pipe Setting During Early Cement Work
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Wall Consrtuction Brick By Brick
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Brick Setting Over Concrete Foundation
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Community Members Bringing Bricks To The Construction Site
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Mixing Cement
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Foundation Setting
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Site Excavation
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Site Excavation
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Site Excavation
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Site Clearence
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Taking Measurements Of The Spring
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Proud New Owner Of A Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Mud Latrine
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Mud Latrine
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Water Containers
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Feeding The Family Cow
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Taking Care Of A Baby Goat
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Household
The Water Project: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring -  Impassable Road To The Community

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 370 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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It was partially sunny in the morning when we first visited Ebutindi, with thick clouds covering the sky that warmed the earth below. We really enjoyed doing our baseline survey during this weather.

Ebutindi is a very remote place with a good road network that connects neighboring schools and health centers and also helps farmers to ferry their goods to the markets. The place is very peaceful with just a little noise from motorbikes carrying people to the market as well as other destinations. The place looks very green because of tree plantations and farms. The crops grown here are vegetables of every kind, bananas, arrowroots, and sugarcane. The majority of people live in houses made of mud walls, iron sheet roofs, and wooden doors.

Community members wake up as early as 6 in the morning, eat their breakfast, and go to their farms for the day’s farming activities. The day normally ends in the evening when community members head back to their homes to eat dinner and rest. Farmers engage in tilling their land, planting, and harvesting ready crops.

All of the day’s activities are made much more difficult without the presence of safe, clean drinking water. The main water source is Tondolo Spring, which is entirely unprotected and therefore open to contamination. There are solid materials floating in the water, mud stirs up as people fetch water, and algae is growing on the surface. Containers are dunked under the surface with care to avoid any debris.

People do their best to avoid the dirty spring by putting barrels and containers outside during a rainy day. But it doesn’t always rain, making Tondolo Spring especially busy when there’s no rainwater left. If no action is taken, the 370 community members will continue to suffer from waterborne diseases that put lives at risk.

“Sometimes we as a community are left with no option but to consume whatever the available water regardless of the condition, either safe or unsafe as long as we get something to quench our thirst. When people expose themselves to drinking unsafe water, they contract diseases that are very dangerous to the health,” said Mrs. Dishon.

What we can do:

“Though many people have clotheslines, some of them don’t understand the meaning of using them which lead to people drying their clothes on the ground, on the roofs, and on the flowers. Some of our community members have latrines that are not yet completed as they are built halfway which makes the users not to be very comfortable accessing it,” Mrs. Dishon explained.

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

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

The pit latrines in the community are made of mud which makes them hard to keep clean.

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


12/20/2019: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring Project Complete!

Ebutindi Community now has access to clean water! Tondolo Spring has been transformed into a flowing source of water thanks to your donation. We protected the spring, provided 5 sanitation platforms to different households in the community, and we trained the community on improved sanitation and hygiene practices.

Community members smiles at the newly completed spring

“I am so happy because now I can have access to clean water,” said farmer Rebecca Salome.

“Before you could come to the spring and you might even find human waste in the water. This made it impossible to go and use this water. Another thing is that we suffered a lot with waterborne diseases like typhoid and diarrhea. Since the spring is now protected, I am happy because I will now have access to clean and safe water.”

Spring Protection

Community members provided all locally available construction materials, including bricks, wheelbarrows of clean sand, stones, and fencing poles. Accommodations and meals were provided for the artisan, too.

Community members bringing bricks to the spring construction site

The Process

Women and men lent their strength to the artisan to help him with manual labor. There was a small delay at the start of the construction because on the originally planned start date the community ended up having a funeral and it was the burial day. They requested the burial to be completed before beginning the project since according to their traditions that they cannot bury stones and a person at the same time. We were happy to grant them the extra time, and after the burial construction the work kicked off the following morning without any further delays.

Excavation of the spring

The spring area was excavated to create space for setting the foundation of thick plastic tarp, 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.

Building the spring walls brick by brick

As the wing walls and headwall were curing, the stairs were set and ceramic tiles were fixed directly below the discharge pipe. This protects the concrete from the erosive force of the falling water and beautifies 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.

Cementing the stairs

The source area was filled up with clean stones and sand and covered with a thick plastic tarp to prevent potential sources of contamination. It took about 2 weeks of patience for the concrete to dry.

Completed Tondolo Spring

As soon as it was ready, people got the okay from our field officers to begin fetching clean water. We met them there to celebrate this momentous occasion.

(To see the gathering for yourself, check out the video on the Photos tab of this project page!)

A dedication ceremony was held at the spring, conducted with the leadership of team director Catherine Chepkemoi. The session was good and enjoyable. Women, men, and children danced and sung with happiness and were very grateful to the St. Therese Foundation for supporting this project. Afterward, the community members were left to enjoy the water.

Thank you St. Therese Foundation!

“We are blessed to be considered as beneficiaries of this project. Our women will now access clean water, and children won’t have difficulties in fetching water. Our community is blessed,” said community member and farmer Mr. Reuben Kutieto.

“We have been waiting for such a project for a very long time since in the neighborhood, there is a spring that was protected by the community itself, though this was not well done. Our spring looks so good right now. We are so happy and we thank God for The Water Project for implementing this project.”

Like mother like son, enjoying the spring water

Sanitation Platforms

All 5 sanitation platforms have been installed. These 5 families are happy about this milestone of having a private latrine of their own and are optimistic that people will no longer leave waste outdoors. We are continuing to encourage families to finish building walls and roofs over their new latrine floors.

Proud new sanitation platform owner

New Knowledge

Rebecca Kutieto, the Village Elder, was tasked with organizing the training. She gave us the community’s preferred date for training, for she was very much aware of the community calendar when it comes to planting season and other big events.

SOme 20 people attended training, which was the expected turnout. One of the main factors that helped with attendance was the good weather as it was cool and this enabled the majority of the participants, even the mothers with young children, to come.

Secondly, schools had closed, so no one was in a hurry to go back home to make lunch for the school-going children. Also, the venue was not far from the spring and near the homesteads of most participants, making it easily accessible and central to those interested in attending. Participation was strong all day.

A reaction to the discussion during training

We covered several topics including leadership and governance; operation and maintenance of the spring; healthcare; family planning; immunizations; and the prevention and spread of disease. We also covered water treatment methods, personal care like handwashing, environmental hygiene, hygiene promotion, and many other things.

Handwashing practice

The hygiene and sanitation session was particularly special due to the sincerity of the participants. They were willing to volunteer answers not being afraid that they might be wrong, stating how they normally do their cleaning. Later on, when the facilitator was able to elaborate the correct way of doing things like tooth brushing and handwashing, the participants accepted the new information humbly and gladly, demonstrating their dedication to learning and to improving their health and hygiene.

Taking notes during a training session

During the leadership and governance session, the participants were to elect their own leaders for their water user committee to help oversee and manage the spring. We discussed the qualities of good leaders, as well as the roles and responsibilities of each position such as Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and others.

After this, the participants were keen to single out who they wanted as leaders. What made this special was the fact that some proposed names were instantly rejected. This showed that the participants categorically knew the kind of leaders they wanted and who would be fit to serve their community well. This ended our day on a very strong and positive note.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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11/18/2019: Ebutindi Community, Tondolo Spring Project Underway!

Dirty water from Tondolo Spring is making people in Ebutindi 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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St. Therese Foundation