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The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Celebrating At The Spring
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Thank You
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Thank You
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Thank You
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Thank You
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Happy Day
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Having A Taste Of The Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Celebrating At Busuku Spring
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Splash
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Water Celebrations
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Water Celebrations
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Water Celebrations
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Water Celebrations
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Water Celebrations
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  The Smiles Are Behind The Masks
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Rosemary Ready To Use Clean Water At Home
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Rosemary Draws Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Rosemary Celebrating Clean Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Rose Shango A Water User Committee Member
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Julia Andisi The Water User Committee Treasurer
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Julia And Rosemary Carrying Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  John Shango At The Spring
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  John Busuku Spring Landowner
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Jamila Offers A High Five For Clean Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Francis Shaka A Water User Committee Member
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Mary Busuku With Her Completed Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Communtiy Health Volunteer Rosemary Masika And Jacklyne
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Jacklyne
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Jamila
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Elinah Musalia With Her Completed Sanitation Platform
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Water Flowing From Newly Completed Spring
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Trainer Betty Demonstrates Handwashing
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Trained On Refilling Chlorine Dispenser
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Tippy Tap Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Ten Handwashing Steps Demonstration
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Social Distancing Check
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Sneeze And Cough Into The Elbow
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Site Maintenance Practicals
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Refilling The Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Reacting To The Training
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Participants Masked Up And Distanced
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Moment Of Silence To Honor Those Lost In The Pandemic
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Jamila Demonstrates Handwashing
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Homemade Mask Making Session
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Handwashing Demo Using Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Dental Hygiene Demonstration
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Demonstration On Use And Refiling Of The Chlorine Dispensor
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Water User Commitee And Field Officer Karen
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Training Underway
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Sanitation Platform Construction
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Grass Planting
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Fencing
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Adding The Tarp Layer
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Digging The Cut Off Drainage
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Back Filling With Rocks
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Clay Works
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Tile Setting
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Plastering Spring Floor
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Rub Wall Construction
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Stairs Construction
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Rub Wall Construction
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Plastering
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Pipe Setting And Measurements
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Pipe Setting And Measurements
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Wall Construction
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Team Leader Catherine And Staff Check Headwall Measurements
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Artisans Having Lunch
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Wall Construction
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Brick Setting
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Mixing Cement
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Laying Springs Foundation
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Community Members Help Sift Sand
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Foundation Work Begins
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Spring Site Excavation
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Digging The Drainage Channel
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  A Woman Carries Bricks To The Spring Site
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Sugarcane Farm
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Rose Shangu Outside Her Homestead
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Rose Shangu
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Rose Carrying Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Rose And Faith Carrying Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Pouring Water Into Storage Containers
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Pouring Water Into Pot For Storage
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Nappier Grass Farm
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Kitchen Interior
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Homestead Compound
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Homestead
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Fireplace Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Faith
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Ducks Feeding
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Duck Shed
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Drinking Water Storage
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Community Members Fetching Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Community Members At Busuku Spring
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Collecting Water At Busuku Water Point
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Collecting Water At Busuku Water Point
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Collecting Water At Busuku Water Point
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Chicken House
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Cattle Trough
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Busuku Spring Water Point
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Bathing Room
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Banana Farm
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Animals Grazing
The Water Project: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring -  Water Storage

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2020

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 10/14/2021

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At best, Busuku Spring looks like a muddy drainage trench dug through an overgrown garden.

It is a great challenge to access the spring, especially during the rainy season, community members report. The area is muddy and slippery. The water is highly contaminated from being an open source, and it collects a lot of dirty surface runoff when it rains. Dogs drink directly from the spring, and as people fetch water they have to step inside the water thus contaminating it even further.

Lines develop at the spring every day as people have to wait to let the water settle between their turns fetching it. Otherwise, too much mud is stirred up while they try to fetch it. These crowds often lead to conflicts, and the children are normally the most affected as they have to wait until all of the adults have fetched water first before the kids can do the same.

All of this extra wait time builds up, meaning on some occasions community members take long hours at the spring. This is especially true in the morning and afternoon, when most people go to fetch water. The long waits have made some community members resort to waking up as early as 5:00 am to go to the spring to fetch water before the crowds surge in. Those who are not able to make it to the spring in the wee hours of the morning, however, have no choice but to wait in the long queues during the day. The crowding is particularly dangerous during the pandemic when community members are trying to avoid groups or being out in public for too long.

The lost time at the spring also interferes with the normal daily activities that have to be put on hold until water is found. As most people are farmers, they have to delay going to the field, costing them food and income. When school is in session, kids will sometimes miss their entire morning lessons just waiting to fetch water at the spring.

“My name is Faith, a pupil at Kakoyi Primary School. Each day as the sun shone in through the windows, I dreaded the experience of going to fetch water as I would wait and wait and even leave without a single drop of water due to the long queue. This meant that I would sometimes go to school on an empty stomach and upon reaching school I am punished by the teacher on duty. At times, I would be even told to clean the toilets on an empty stomach. I am glad that this will be a thing of the past. As I join class 8 next year, I look forward to excelling in my examinations as no more time will be wasted at the spring.”

Consuming dirty water from Busuku Spring is a major cause of diarrhea and stomachaches for community members here, especially among children under age 5. Community members spend a lot of money and time seeking medical treatment for their water-related illnesses.

Despite its bad water quality, the spring remains one of the most reliable, year-round water sources in the area, so there is often little choice in using its water. The only alternative water source in the area is a hand-dug well, but it goes dry for part of the year and gives worse water than the spring – so poor in quality that people only risk watering their animals with it.

“My dream has finally come true and we shall now have clean water. I will no longer delay going to the farm and my children will no longer go to school on an empty stomach. Our children will be healthy and sicknesses will be a thing of the past. We are ready to contribute whatever materials that will be required for protection,” stated an excited Rose Shangu reflecting on the planned spring protection.

What We Can Do:

Spring Protection

Protecting the spring will help provide access to cleaner and safer water and reduce the time people have to spend to fetch it. 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 a task predominantly carried out by women and young girls. Protecting the spring and offering training and support will, therefore, help empower the female members of the community by freeing up more of their time and energy to engage and invest in income-generating activities and their education.

Training on Health, Hygiene, COVID-19, and More

To hold trainings during the pandemic, we work closely with both community leaders and the local government to approve small groups to attend training. We ask community leaders to invite a select yet representative group of people to attend training who will then act as ambassadors to the rest of the community to share what they learn. We also communicate our expectations of physical distancing and wearing masks for all who choose to attend.

The training will focus on improved hygiene, health, and sanitation habits in this community. We will also have a dedicated session on COVID-19 symptoms, transmission routes, and prevention best practices.

With the community’s input, we will identify key leverage points where they can alter their practices at the personal, household, and community levels to affect change. This training will help to ensure participants have the knowledge they need about healthy practices and their importance to make the most of their water point as soon as water is flowing.

Our team of facilitators will use a variety of methods to train community members. Some of these methods include participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation, asset-based community development, group discussions, handouts, and demonstrations at the spring.

One of the most important issues 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 is consumed. We and the community strongly believe that all of these components will work together to improve living standards here, which will help to unlock the potential for these community members to live better, healthier lives.

We will then conduct a small series of follow-up trainings before transitioning to our regularly scheduled support visits throughout the year.

Training will result in the formation of a water user committee, elected by their peers, that will oversee the operations and maintenance of the spring. The committee 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 channels. The fence will keep out destructive animals and unwanted waste, and the drainage will keep the area’s mosquito population at a minimum.

Sanitation Platforms

At the end of training, participants will select 5 families that should benefit from new concrete latrine floors called sanitation platforms. Training will inform the community and selected families on what they need to contribute to make this project a success. They must mobilize locally available materials, including bricks, clean sand, and gravel. The 5 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. The families will then be asked to complete their latrines by constructing a superstructure over their platforms. These 5 sanitation platforms will then serve as examples for the rest of the community to replicate.

Project Updates


12/09/2020: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring Project Complete!

Nguvuli Community now has access to clean water! Busuku Spring has been transformed into a flowing source of water thanks to your donation. We protected the spring, constructed five sanitation platforms for different households in the community, and we trained the community on improved sanitation and hygiene practices, including COVID-19 prevention.

"For many years in this community, we have drunk dirty water. This really affected us with waterborne diseases. Our animals were also affected due to drinking contaminated water - I have two bulls that I use to earn a livelihood by plowing people's farms during planting time. As my family enjoys safe and clean drinking water, my cows will also be healthy, thus earning more income," said John Busuku, the spring's landowner.

"Water is the key to opening doors and opportunities. I have plans to engage in meaningful economic activities," added Mr.Busuku.

John Busuku celebrating clean water at the spring

Children were just as excited as the adults about the new water point.

"I am so happy that I will no longer fear slipping and falling in the spring, especially during the rainy season, as our spring is protected with good access to it. In the past, whenever it rained, we would slip and fall. I will also save time used in the past, searching for fetching water to play and also study. I will have time to go to school and learn to be a great woman in the future," said young primary school-aged Jacklyne.

Preparing for Spring Protection

Community members worked together to source and carry all locally available construction materials to the spring. These included bricks, sand, stones, and fencing poles. Some people also chiseled away at large stones to break them down into gravel. Because people have to carry most items by hand, the materials collection process can take anywhere from a few weeks to months.

When everything was prepared, we sent a lorry to the community to deliver the rest of the construction materials, including the cement, plastic tarps, and hardware. Then, our artisan and field officers deployed to the spring to begin work. Everyone traveled to and from the work site each day throughout the construction process, so individual households provided meals throughout the day to sustain the workers.

A woman carries bricks to the spring construction site.

The last step before construction commenced was taking a water sample from the unprotected spring. We sent the sample to a government laboratory for testing to identify the kinds of contaminants in the water before its protection. These often include fertilizers and pesticides from farms, animal and human feces, and any number of harmful bacteria. We then shared the test results with the community to identify extra steps they could take to help ensure the spring’s water remains clean and safe after protection.

From Open Source to Protected Spring: A Step-by-Step Process

At last, it was time to dig in at the spring! Women and men lent their strength to the artisan each day to help with the manual labor. First, we cleared and excavated the spring area. We dug a drainage channel below the spring and several surface runoff diversion channels above and around the spring—this help to divert the environmental contaminants identified in the pre-construction water quality test.

Excavation of the spring site

To ensure community members could still fetch water throughout the construction process, we also dug temporary diversion channels from the spring’s eye around the construction site. This allowed water to flow without severely disrupting community members’ water needs or construction work.

Forming the spring's foundation

Excavation created space for setting the spring’s foundation made of thick plastic tarp, wire mesh, concrete, and waterproof cement. After setting the base, we started brickwork to build the headwall, wing walls, and stairs.

Brick and stonework

Next, we began one of the most crucial steps of spring protection to ensure a fully functional water point: setting the discharge pipe. The discharge pipe has to be set low enough in place in the headwall so that the water level inside never rises above the spring’s eye, yet high enough to leave eighteen to twenty inches between the pipe and the spring floor to allow room for the average jerrycan (a 20-liter container) to sit beneath the pipe without making contact.

Setting the pipe

If the discharge pipe were placed too high above the spring’s eye, too much backpressure could force the flow to emerge elsewhere. Too low, and community members would not be able to access the water easily. We embedded the pipe using clay (or mortar when the clay is in short supply) and placed it at a slight incline to ensure water flows in the right direction.

Rub wall construction

In coordination with brickwork, we pitched medium to large stones on both sides of the spring’s drainage channel. We then cemented and plastered each stone group into place, forming the rub walls. These help to discourage people and animals from trying to stand on that area, which could cause soil erosion and thus a clogged drainage area.

Stairs construction

With brickwork and stone pitching completed, we turned to cement and plaster both sides of the headwall and wing walls. This reinforces the brickwork and prevents water in the reservoir from seeping through the walls. In turn, this builds enough pressure in the reservoir box to push water out through the discharge pipe.

Plasterwork

As the headwall and wing walls were curing, we cemented and plastered the stairs and installed four tiles beneath the discharge pipe. The tiles protect the concrete from the erosive force of the falling water, beautify the spring, and facilitate easy cleaning of the spring floor.

Mid-backfilling process

We transitioned to the final stages of construction with the tiles in place - backfilling the reservoir box. First, we cleared the collection box of any debris that may have fallen in since its construction, such as dead leaves or other items. Then we redirected the temporary diversion channels back into the reservoir box, channeling water into this area for the first time. We closed off all of the other exits to start forcing the water through the discharge pipe only.

Fencing

With much help from the community, we filled up the reservoir area with the clean and large stones they gathered, arranging them in layers like a well-fitting puzzle. We covered the stones with a thick plastic tarp to minimize potential sources of contamination from aboveground, followed by a layer of soil. We piled enough soil on top to create a slight mound to compensate for the backfill’s future settlement.

Planting grass over the catchment area

Community members transplanted grass onto the backfilled soil to help prevent erosion. Finally, the collection area was fenced in to discourage any person or animal from walking on it since compaction can lead to disturbances in the backfill layers and potentially compromise water quality.

Water User Committee member Rose Shango happy at the spring

The entire construction process took about two weeks of work and patience to allow the cement and plaster to finish curing. As soon as it was ready, people got the okay from our field officers to begin fetching water. We officially handed over the spring to the community directly following training. Happiness, thanksgiving, and appreciation were the order of the day, flowing in all directions.

Water User Committee Treasurer Julia Andisi celebrates the spring

Sanitation Platforms

All five sanitation platforms have been completed and handed over to their new owners. These five 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, and for other families to replicate the design after having helped construct these examples.

Mary Busuku stands in front of her family's new sanitation platform

Training on Health, Hygiene, COVID-19 and More

Due to the ongoing challenges and restrictions amidst the pandemic, we worked with both local leaders and the national Ministry of Health to gain approval for a small group training about health, hygiene, and COVID-19 prevention.

Together with the community, we found the community’s preferred date for training while considering other events in the community calendar, such as the agricultural season and the national coronavirus-related curfew. We requested a select yet representative group of community members to attend training, who would then relay the information learned to the rest of their family and friends. When the day arrived, facilitators Karen Maruti and Betty Majani deployed to the site to lead the event.

Cough and sneeze into the elbow like this

23 people attended the training, including representatives from local leaders, the community health volunteer, and the village's self-help group. We held the training at spring landowner Mr. Busuku's homestead as it was in a central location to the other attendees and close to the spring. The big indigenous tree in Mr. Busuku's compound provided an ideal shade for the training. The participants also enjoyed the cool breeze from the Malava forest and could easily spread out to maintain physical distancing.

Trainer Betty demonstrates the ten steps of handwashing

Perhaps the most important topic of the day was our session on COVID-19 prevention and specific guidance in line with national and international standards. There has been tension and panic all over about the coronavirus in Kenya, so this was a session everyone eagerly participated in, the trainers noted. We covered:

- Information on the symptoms and transmission routes of COVID-19

- What physical distancing is and how to practice it

- How to cough and sneeze into the elbow

- Contactless greetings

- How to make and properly wear a facemask

Trainer Karen shows how to make a mask from materials at home

Due to the rampant spread of misinformation about COVID-19, we dedicated time to a question and answer session to help debunk rumors about the disease and provide extra information where needed. We also left behind a rice sack painted with messages of COVID-19 prevention reminders in the local language. We affixed the sign to the spring's fence during training and encouraged community members to use it as a daily reminder to stay cautious both at home and at the spring.

Jamila demonstrates handwashing using a tippy tap

"I've learned how to fabricate the masks locally. In the past, we spent a lot on purchasing the masks and also risked being fined for lack of masks in public places. With this knowledge, we are armed and ready to fabricate masks for our entire family members as well as to sell to others," said Rosemary Masika, the Community Health Volunteer in Nguvuli.

Rosemary at the spring

"In this community and particularly my home, I have improvised two handwashing stations, one near the house and the other near the latrine. We encourage everyone, including visitors, to wash their hands regularly. We also wear masks as we leave home going to the market places and social events/places."

"Since we have learned how to fabricate the masks locally, we will ensure that we make masks for our children who are going to school, for the entire family, and also to sell the extra ones to earn income," Rosemary added.

Rosemary refills the handwashing station at training

We covered several other topics, including community participation in the project; leadership and governance; personal and environmental hygiene; water handling and treatment; operation and maintenance of the spring and sanitation platforms; dental hygiene; the ten steps of handwashing, and how to make and use a tippy tap and leaky tin. During the leadership and governance session, we held an election for the newly formed water user committee's leaders.

Site maintenance session at the spring; here, a demonstration on how to properly clean the cement

We also brainstormed income-generating activities that can be used to start both a community savings account for any future minor repairs to the spring and a cooperative lending group to enable members to develop their own small businesses.

Dental hygiene was a particularly lively topic as many community members admitted to not following a daily dental hygiene routine. All were eager to learn more about proper tooth care, including flossing and brushing, with toothpaste to begin trying the same at home.

A volunteer demonstrates proper toothbrushing

The session on group dynamics was also quite memorable. This topic included the stages of group growth, their challenges, and how to embrace them.  Discussions quickly ensued. It was evident that almost all of the participants were already in groups. A majority had moved from one group to another due to the challenges they faced in the previous groups. These challenges ranged from poor governance to lack of transparency amongst the officials to general disagreements.

A community member reacts to a training discussion

Community members readily embraced the topic and confessed that they are now ready to face whatever challenges may arise in their groups. One woman excited everyone when she mentioned that she had just sent in her withdrawal letter from her current group since it was experiencing a "storming stage" of disagreements. Still, she was now armed to deal with the storms head-on and would remain involved.

"This training has really opened my eyes to understand that good hygiene practices and safe water handling are all geared towards better health. I really thank your team for the training, especially in dental hygiene...I know this knowledge will go a long way in enhancing better hygiene in my family," said John Shango, an elected member of the water user committee.

John Shango at the spring

"We also heard so many myths on the Corona pandemic, but now we are armed with not only information but also equipped to do our own masks. And as children are getting back to school, this knowledge will go a long way in saving us some shillings for purchasing the masks," John added.

When an issue arises concerning the water project, the water user committee is equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact our field officers' team to assist them. We will also continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our ongoing monitoring and maintenance program.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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11/09/2020: Nguvuli Community, Busuku Spring Project Underway!

Dirty water from Busuku Spring is making people in Nguvuli 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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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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