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The Water Project: Jivuye Community, Wasiva Spring -  Geofrey Lidovolo
The Water Project: Jivuye Community, Wasiva Spring -  Latrines
The Water Project: Jivuye Community, Wasiva Spring -  Latrines
The Water Project: Jivuye Community, Wasiva Spring -  Clothes Drying On Ground
The Water Project: Jivuye Community, Wasiva Spring -  Garden Fenced With Mosquito Nets
The Water Project: Jivuye Community, Wasiva Spring -  Siva Indiazi
The Water Project: Jivuye Community, Wasiva Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Jivuye Community, Wasiva Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Jivuye Community, Wasiva Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Jivuye Community, Wasiva Spring -  Bee Hives
The Water Project: Jivuye Community, Wasiva Spring -  Community Landscape

Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  01/31/2020

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Jivuye is a rural village that is full of trees, crops, domestic animals, and tea plantations. While many people here are farmers, a few men engage in brewing of alcohol for sale. Some also go to the market or inquire at other people’s farms to do casual labor, while others fetch water and deliver it to homes and places of business for a small fee. Community members stay in semi-permanent mud houses that they can easily afford.

Community members are doing whatever they can to make ends meet. That is why some of them formed a self-help group in October 2016 that engages in bee farming. They harvest honey quarterly and sell it to civil servants working in Shamakhokho.

A normal day starts at 6 am and ends at 10 pm, and is always full of activities. People try to get as much work done on the farm as early as possible to avoid the noontime heat. Women rush back home to prepare a meal for their children who return to eat lunch. But there is a clean water scarcity here that makes each and every activity more difficult.

The main water source for these 161 people is Wasiva Spring, where there’s enough water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, bathing, and irrigating. However, this water is unsafe for human consumption.

The community bought a discharge pipe that was placed directly where water flows to make fetching water easier. Containers are put below the discharge pipe, but since it is too low and at the water’s surface, containers must be positioned diagonally for water to fill it halfway. Jugs must be used to draw more water several times to fill the jerrycans.

This water is dirty, but the community reports they do not have enough funds to treat the water. They can’t consistently afford chlorine, and they also find that firewood is hard to come by and so do not boil the water either. People are always in and out of hospitals as they look for treatment of waterborne and water-related diseases that have even caused death in some cases, and this has to a great extent hindered their productivity.

“Many challenges in this community have come as a result of consuming this unsafe water,” said Mr. Indiazi, a farmer who gets water from Wasiva Spring.

“If we really need to see positive change in Jivuye Village and the entire area then we must begin with ensuring that everyone here gets access to safe water.”

What we can do:

A lady who lived by Wamunala Spring was happy when we protected that water source. However, she got married, moved households, and was upset to find that the spring where her husband’s family fetches water is Wasiva Spring. She immediately got in touch with our staff to see what we can do about the dirty water she and her husband’s family have to use.

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.


“We need enlightenment on sanitation and hygiene so that we stay in healthy environments and maintain good personal health. The current health conditions are so poor,” said Mr. Lidovolo, a primary schoolteacher who uses Wasiva Spring.

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 (including the use of mosquito nets!). 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

Latrines here are dirty, old, and poorly constructed with rusty superstructures. Users do not enjoy privacy as the doors are very loose and have holes. Some of the latrines do not have doors at all, so people just move pieces of cloth over the door while they’re in there.

It is commendable that even though a good number of families do not have latrines, they do not practice open defecation but instead share with neighbors. The hygiene and sanitation situation is wanting, though. People need training to help them understand how to best lie health lives. They also need to be introduced to the new sanitation platform technology, since most latrines are made of wood that breaks and rots very fast.

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.

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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!