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The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Emmanuel Carrying Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Diana And Siblings Collect Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Diana Carrying Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Ernest Kuta Collecting Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Josephine Collecting Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Mama Rosa Fetching Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Water Source
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Water Source
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Bathroom Shelter
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Animal Pen
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Banana Plantation
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Cattle Grazing
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Childrens House
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Community Land
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Diana M
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Dog Kennel
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Dog
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Drinking From Spring
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Ernest Kuta
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Ernest Kuta At Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Garbage Disposal Area
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Homestead
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Inside A Kitchen
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Inside Ernest Kitchen
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Josephine Carrying Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Josephine Water Storage Pot
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Latrine
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Latrine
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Madam Josephine
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Mama Prince Airing Clothes
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Mama Prince Fetching Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Mama Rosa Carrying Water
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Outside The Kitchen
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Path To Spring
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Silas Drinking
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Storage Containers
The Water Project: Chombeli Community, Ernest Kuta Spring -  Ernest At Home

Project Status



Project Type:  Protected Spring

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  01/13/2023

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The Chombeli community spring serves 210 people and is located on a gentle slope surrounded by indigenous trees next to a field of yams. Sugarcane farms are most common for this area, tended by the community’s women, while men work as motorcycle taxi drivers or do other small-scale subsistence farming.

The spring is open to all kinds of contamination, which makes it a health hazard to all consumers.

“I was born and raised in this village. I have been using water from this spring for ages. In most cases, I have contracted waterborne related diseases, and it has cost me a lot of money to seek medication assistance,” said Ernest Kuta, a 65-year-old farmer.

The majority of community members claim to have tested positive for typhoid and suffered from severe diarrhea problems in the past.

“Consuming water from this water point has caused a lot of harm, [more] than good. Most times, I have had severe stomachache problems which have caused me not to attend class lessons promptly,” said Diana M., age 11.

Most wake up early (by 6:30 am) to go and fetch water from the spring. Congestion and time wastage, especially in the morning hours, are issues. Community members have to wait for the water to settle first before fetching it. Later, they proceed to their farms or undertake household chores and prepare for breakfast.

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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