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The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Young Boy Fecthes Water
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  All Ages Love Clean Water
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Drawing Water
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Watering Grass Near Spring To Prevent Soil Erosion
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Enjoying Fetching Water
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Grandmother Watching Grandchildren
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Mother And Son
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Feeling The Rush
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  New Latrine Owners
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Celebrating The New Spring
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Community Members And Field Officer Help Out
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Hard Work And Progress
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Brick Laying
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Field Officer Checks Progress
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Laying The Foundation
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Site Management Workshop
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Trainer Betty In Action
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Trainer Lynnah Leads Handwashing Activity
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Questions Came Flying
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Traininig Materials Helped Drive The Point Home
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Active Participation
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Dental Hygiene Activity
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Training Activity Registration
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Latrine
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Silas Burudi
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Working On The Farm
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Man With His Cow
The Water Project: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring -  Community Children

Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 280 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2019

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features

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A regular day in Munenga Community starts at 6am as children wake up to prepare for school. There are cleaning chores to do like sweeping the house, rushing to fetch water, preparing breakfast, and cleaning dishes. All this is done before the day’s work on the farm.

The community struggles by with low income, as the majority of the people are  farmers who grow maize, beans, and groundnuts at a small scale. There are also some households that raise cows for milk, but all this doesn’t help much because they do it at such a small scale. Community members report that there’s nowhere to even sell their produce.

Furthermore, these 280 people don’t have clean water to do any of these things. They use dirty water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. This water comes from Burudi Spring.

Burudi Spring is completely open to contamination as wild animals come and go to sate their own thirst, too. Women and children are those most often seen fetching water, dunking their water containers under the surface until full. The water is brought back and stored in different containers depending on use; drinking water in the sitting area, cooking water in the kitchen, and cleaning water outside.

Drinking this dirty water causes people to spend more time in the clinic than on their farms.

“Since I was born, this water was still here. People were drinking the way it is, with the majority of the community members coming to fetch water from this source since it’s the only source that doesn’t dry up in all seasons,” said Mr. Burudi.

What we can do:

“Generally, sanitation and hygiene is not good. Most of the latrines are not of good quality, and they are made of mud floors and some roofed and others not,” said 14-year-old Amos.

“During rainy season most do sink, recently there was one which sunk while my mother was inside and she was expecting. Thank God there were people around who rescued her!”

Most latrine pits are almost filled up but they still use them. There are no handwashing stations, and the few who have containers near their latrines do not fill them with water regularly.


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

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

06/28/2019: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring Complete!

Munenga Community now has clean water! Burudi Spring has been transformed into a flowing source of clean water thanks to your donation. The spring is protected from contamination, five sanitation platforms have been provided for the community, and training has been done on sanitation and hygiene.

Happy fetching water

Spring Protection

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

The Process

Men and women lent their strength to the artisan to help him with manual labor. The spring area was excavated to create space for setting the foundation of plastic, 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.

Field Officer Lynnah checks in on the construction progress

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.

Artisan lays bricks

The source area was filled up with clean stones and sand and covered with a plastic membrane to eliminate any potential sources of contamination. It took about two weeks of patience for the concrete to dry. By then, Munenga community members had also built a fence around the spring and planted grass upstream to protect the area. They have also cleared the pathway towards the spring for easy access.

Hard work continues

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.

There was a lot of singing and dancing at the new water point, with women and children celebrating the arrival of clean and safe water. They sang songs praising God because of the clean water. They were shouting, jumping, and clapping.

At this point, an elder woman personally thanked us for protecting the spring. She was singing and dancing around the spring, exclaiming, “Clean water! Clean water!”

Grandmother watches over grandchildren drawing water

All ages appreciate clean water

“This is a remarkable year to people of [Munenga] after so many years of [having the] unprotected spring [and] taking unsafe water and becoming sick,” said Margaret, an 87-year-old woman from the village.

A humble, energetic, and typically jovial person, Margaret was even more excited because of the new water project in her home.

“We really appreciate what you people have done [for] us. We as Burudi Spring beneficiaries have nothing to give back as appreciation but what we may say is that may God of all creation both Heaven and Earth bless you – all [our] donors and you, implementing partners – abundantly. May all your donors live long to keep on giving these good services to people like us,” said Margaret.

Feeling the rush

Despite their low income, which contributes to the high level of poverty, broken up families, and school dropouts in Munenga, the Burudi Spring beneficiaries have their own unique sense of cooperation when it comes to bringing them together for something that can lift up their standard of living.

They said the new water point will bring them together to do something constructive that will enable their living status to change.

During training, Munenga community members all agreed to start poultry farming, which they said will benefit them as a group in selling the eggs and, during festive seasons, selling the birds for meat. This will help them start small and grow together financially as a community as they begin to lift themselves up out of the vicious cycle of poverty.

Mother and son fetch safe, clean water

Mr. Silas Burudi, who helped facilitate this project and host training, said that he thinks the population in Munenga is going to increase very much, very soon. This is because other than this new spring, there is no other nearby clean water source and people were coming from far away during the construction process to come and see what was happening.

Observing this, he was sure that all those people who were coming to see the implementation process will soon join them in Munenga to share in the clean water.

Watering the newly planted grass above the spring to help prevent soil erosion

Sanitation Platforms

All five sanitation platforms have been installed. Whereas the few homemade latrines that existed previously in Munenga used to collapse regularly in the rain, our latrines are designed to withhold all manner of weather and use.

The five recipient 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.

Grateful beneficiaries

New Knowledge

Site management training – look at that crowd!

Mr. Silas Burudi, the farmer who owns the land where the new spring is located, was tasked with organizing the training. He gave us the community’s preferred date for training, for he was very much aware of the community calendar when it comes to planting season and other big events.

Good engagement during training

The attendance was beyond our expectation as the community turned up in large numbers, in part thanks to the most comfortable weather that day – not too hot, and not too sunny. We all gathered at Mr. Burudi’s homestead for training, where we sat under the shade outside his house, surrounded by trees which gave us a nice breeze that made the training even more enjoyable.

All the participants were involved and actively participated in the training. They showed much interest in the different topics, and they eagerly asked and answered questions with the facilitators.

A community member asks a question

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

Handing out training materials really helped the message hit home for participants

The participants were especially attentive during the primary health care training as they all wanted to get an understanding of what it means and all that it entails. When the facilitators covered proper handwashing using the ten hand washing steps, the participants said that although this new method took more time than their previous method, it looked very special and they would do it, preferring to follow the new steps and not wiping their hands with anything. The attendees said of handwashing in particular that they have learned something unique.

Trainer Lynnah leads handwashing activity

“We used to do things without precautions or caring about our health, especially drinking water without boiling [it] or any [other] treatment,” said Munenga community member Christine Nechesa.

“[We were] not bothering to clean our water storage [containers] and eating food sometimes without warming [it up] before eating. I thank God for you people choosing our spring and protecting it because now our health and life will improve. We have learned so many things that we are going to put into practice,” said Christine.

Happy days

Young boy fills up

Linet Luchivya, a farmer in Munenga, was also excited about the project and all it had brought to their community.

“Now the issues of sicknesses like stomachache, diarrhea, and typhoid will end. Lately we have been falling sick because of taking water that is not protected and we have not been treating [it], but now we are very grateful for what you people have done in our community.”

Linet said the spring protection was “beyond our imagination.”

“Honestly, we never thought in our life this spring could one day be protected because it has been like that since our great-grandfathers. Glory to God for bringing you here to protect our spring, our life will now be well and we shall live long.”

Thank you for making all of this possible!

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05/28/2019: Munenga Community, Burudi Spring Project Underway

Dirty water from Burudi Spring is making people in Munenga Community sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to solve this issue by building 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 again with news of success!

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Project Photos

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!


Scandinavians for Life
LG for a Change
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
The Clorox Company
Karen's Campaign for Water
20 individual donor(s)