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The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  The Spring
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Allan At Home
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Allan At Spring
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Allan Collecting Water
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Allan N
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Banana Plantation
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Calf Grazing
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Cows Grazing
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Garden
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Heavy Jerrycan
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Home Compound
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Inside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Landscape
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Landscape
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Landscape
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Latrine
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Long Walk Home
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Mary Bringing Water In Her House
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Mary Burudi
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Mary Fetching Water
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Mary Preparing A Meal
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Mary Storing Water In Her House
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Pit Latrine
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Spring
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Steep Path
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Traditional Homestead
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Utensils Drying
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Muting'ong'o Community, Lukasile Burudi Spring -  Woman Inside Her House

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/13/2022

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In Muting’ong’o, the community members have a daily routine. They wake up as early as 5:30 in the morning to fetch water for drinking, because that is the only time they can be sure the water is clean and not contaminated.

Lining up at the spring is an everyday occurrence. Some people use a scooping jug to fetch water, while others fetch water directly from the spring using jerrycans. This has caused conflict because some believe others’ containers are dirty.

After that, the adults in the community go about their work, which in Mutin’ong’o is commonly farming, working for the local sugarcane company, or selling produce roadside.

Then, later in the day, they come back and fetch water for other uses, once again braving the steep hill that leads from the village to the spring.

They adhere to this regimen in the hopes of avoiding contamination – but they still get sick. Both the young and the old in this community often experience typhoid.

The community members are consuming water which they are not sure is safe, but they don’t have a choice. Young children are affected most because they cough a lot. This has made parents spend a lot of money at hospitals instead of using the money to support their families.

Mrs. Mary Burudi, a local farmer, knows this routine all too well. “We have suffered for a long time because of waterborne diseases. The water is always dirty because the spring is open. People queue for a long time because they take their time not to make water at the source dirty.”

People aren’t the only source of water contamination: the waterpoint is commonly accessed by local wildlife. And, it is right next to a farm, whose fertilizer is likely integrated into the runoff that enters the spring whenever it rains.

Rain also makes the surrounding terrain slippery, which makes filling a jerrycan even more difficult: something 8-year-old Allan experiences every day.

“Fetching water from the spring is very risky,” Allan said, “because we as children can easily fall inside the spring which can lead to injuries and risking our lives. Protecting the spring will guarantee us children our safety and we will be sure that we will take clean water back home.”

Protecting the spring will mean a lot to them and their lives will change for the better.

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.

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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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